ACSI Accreditation Recognition Partnership
ACSI announces a partnership with the Association for Biblical HIgher Education (ABHE), which has been a recognized U.S. Department of Education accrediting agency since 1952. All ACSI accredited schools will now be listed on the ABHE website as "Associate Members." The ABHE website notes their recognition by USDE and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This provides a level of recognition and an umbrella of protection over the rights of Christian schools.
ACSI Affiliation with ABHE and United States Department of Education Recognition
ACSI and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) have formed a partnership that provides tacit recognition of ACSI EE-12 accreditation by the United States Department of Education. Each ACSI accredited school will, at no cost, be listed on the ABHE website as an affiliate member of ABHE. This agreement is based on our matching missions, and the desire for ACSI to link with a USDE recognized Christian accrediting organization. There are a number of very positive benefits to this recognition. Our agreement states the following:
The Association for Biblical Higher Education and Association of Christian Schools International have resolved to collaborate in assuring, advancing, and advocating for distinctively biblical and excellent Christian education at the preschool, primary, secondary, and tertiary levels under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Christian Scriptures. There are only two entities which provide recognition of valid accreditation in the United States, and the ABHE Commission on Accreditation is recognized by both of them. ABHE, which earned and has maintained such USDE accrediting agency recognition since 1952, is listed by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as a recognized institutional Title IV "gatekeeper" accrediting agency. ABHE is also listed as a recognized faith-related agency by the important Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Under this agreement with ABHE the same level of tacit recognition that is afforded to elementary and secondary schools accredited by organizations such as the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC); Middle States Association (MSA), or AdvancED, is now afforded to ACSI accredited EE-12 schools. All aspects of the EE-12 accreditation process will continue to be lead and managed by ACSI. ACSI Commission on Accreditation