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Accredited: Yes or No?


When you pick a college to attend, make sure they are accredited! Accreditation is a big deal. Not just to the institution that goes through the years of applicant and candidacy status to finally achieve the standard, but also to parents and students looking for a solid college. So what is accreditation? And why does it matter when selecting a college?

Is Carolina College of Biblical Studies Accredited?

Yes, Carolina College of Biblical Studies is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). We received initial accreditation in 2013 and were reaffirmed in 2018 for the next 10 years. Two years prior to our renewal in 2028, CCBS will undergo intense self-study and preparation for our next external evaluation visit. This process repeats every ten years.

What Is Accreditation?

Accreditation is the assurance to the public that an institution meets accepted standards of quality and integrity.

Two categories exist in accrediting agencies: institutional and programmatic. Institutional accreditation means the entire institution and all of its academic programs is covered. (This is what CCBS has with ABHE.) Programmatic accreditation applies to a specific program, such as education, law, medicine. (CCBS does not have any programs that currently require programmatic accreditation.)

Why Does Accreditation Matter?

Accreditation is important because it:

  • Helps students, parents, and supporters to know if an institution is effective and stable.
  • Helps students know if the institution meets or exceeds quality standards.
  • Helps students know if they can transfer their credits elsewhere and/or get into the next level degree program (e.g., master’s program or doctoral program).
  • Helps employers know that you have been adequately trained in your chosen field.
  • Helps students financially by opening the door for possible federal student assistance, such as the Pell Grant.

Who Accredits the Accreditors?

CCBS is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. But who gives them the authority? That’s the role of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, also known as CHEA. Their role is to “recognize” accrediting organizations. In fact, CHEA is the only nongovernmental higher education organization in the United States that engages in and awards recognition to institutional and programmatic organizations.

In short, CHEA evaluates and determines if the accrediting organizations are abiding by the required quality assurance guidelines. If so, then CHEA grants the accrediting organization (like ABHE) the ability to accredit institutions (like CCBS). You might say CHEA is the accreditor of the accreditors.

Apply Today at Our Accredited College

If you’re looking for a school, consider Carolina College of Biblical Studies. We are fully accredited and would love to help you reach your educational goals. We currently offer associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Our focus is Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Apologetics, and Bible Translation.

One of the best ways to learn more about what we offer is to attend a Preview Night. Reserve your spot today, or contact our Admissions Team to help answer your questions. At CCBS, your calling is our mission.