Is all accreditation the same?
NO. All accreditation is not the same. Accreditation
has many purposes. There are many groups that accredit
for different reasons. The National Association of Private
Theological Institutions exists to assist the Christian
educational arena obtain accreditation which is not
government affiliated. However, is recognized and validated
by all Christian groups, organizations and churches
affiliated with NAPTI.
Is the size of a school a requirement before the school
can become a member of NAPTI?
NO. NAPTI recognizes that some of the most
reputable schools, colleges and universities in the
world started with only a few students (Harvard, Princeton,
and The College of William and Mary to name a few).
NAPTI recognizes that quality cannot be evaluated by
the size of the student body, number and sizes of buildings,
and financial endowments. Students must receive quality
education in a proper climate to receive the education
they need. We have schools with enrollment in the single
digits, as well as schools with enrollment of over a
thousand. Size is not the final word in accreditation.
How important is a library and its holdings before we
can become accredited?
While NAPTI encourages the college or small school to
have a vision for a library; we do not reject a school
on the basis of a faulty library alone. Some schools
and colleges have access to large public libraries only
a few blocks away from their location. Other schools
and colleges utilize the use of the internet, providing
their students with an online library that equals or
surpasses their local library. In addition, the internet
can provide information that may not be readily available
in conventional libraries. These may be utilized while
the school strives to obtain its own library holdings.
What is the average cost of gaining membership in the
National Association of Private Theological Institutions?
All applicants for membership are required to submit
the annual membership fee of $250.00 at the time they
submit their application for membership. Upon approval
of the application the applicant school is awarded "Associate
Member Status." Associate Membership Status for
all new member schools. Once the school has established
two (2) consecutive years of membership in NAPTI, the
school is then elevated in status to "Candidate
Member Status." Upon completion of the evaluation
(On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation), and the maintenance
of membership for a period of two (2) consecutive years,
the Candidate Member is bestowed with Certified Member
Status and benefits upon renewal of membership in their
Institutes, Schools of Ministry and Schools of Divinity
providing Theological Degrees are classified as
Colleges, Universities and Seminaries. Those member
Bible Institutes, Schools of Ministry and Schools
of Divinity providing only Certificate and/or Diploma
Programs are classified as institutions providing
Adult Education (NOTE: member Colleges,
Universities and Seminaries will bestow CEU's
[Continuing Education Units] to
those students coming in from member schools providing
Adult Education). Please be advised that an On-Site
Visit is required for all member schools.
fee for the On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation
is $1,500.00, which covers the cost of travel and
lodging. The On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation
may be postponed until the second year of membership.
However, schools who have not been qualified by
an On-Site Visit/Certification Evaluation will be
bestowed "Associate Member Status" and
not "Certified Member Status."
Do the benefits of membership justify the cost?
YES. Absolutely! One of the first questions
a prospective student asks is, “Are you accredited?”
Students are looking for quality. Quality accreditation
helps lead them in the right direction. Member schools
use our name as a referral and testimony that the school
uses our services. Several students are gained by the
school being a member of NAPTI each year, due to the
fact that the school is accredited. The cost may be
easily defrayed by the addition of programs and qualities
pointed to by our visitors.
Is an On-Site Visit essential for every school, even if
they have been accredited in the past?
YES. There are several reasons for this. NAPTI
realizes that education today is big business. Since
there is financial involvement in this business of education,
there are of course undesirable institutions. We can
not fully know what a school is doing unless we “see”
first hand what they are doing. Accreditation without
a personal visit is all but worthless.
Does accreditation make the school “above the law
of the land?”
NO. All NAPTI member schools are required to
operate in compliance with the laws governing their
particular local, state or country of domicile.
Do all schools that are members of NAPTI accept credits
issued by other member schools?
YES. One of our requirements is that member
schools accept credits from other members if they apply
to their programs.
Do other schools outside of NAPTI membership receive our
This depends. Some schools, governments, and industries
have accepted our credits, etc. due to our membership.
NAPTI makes no guarantee outside of our own membership.
Will NAPTI supply our name, address and contact information
to anyone who asks?
Our complete mailing list is provided to our membership.
We do not provide this list to the general public. However,
listing of the school name, mailing address and school
web site will be provided on the NAPTI web site.
Will NAPTI recommend our school to potential students?
YES. We receive inquiries daily. We endeavor
to recommend member schools which maintain the nearest
to detail of the program the student is seeking. In
some cases, we do take into consideration the geographical
location of the school. However, sometimes this is not
Can a school become accredited by NAPTI who provides only
courses through correspondence?
YES. Some of the member schools only provide
courses and programs through correspondence. This is
a totally acceptable practice.
Are NAPTI schools required to observe Civil Rights laws
where they exist?
YES. NAPTI insists that our membership does
not discriminate because of race, color, age, sex, national
origin or physical handicap.