Category Christian School Education
Title New ACSI Accreditation Logo
Author/s Derek J. Keenan, EdD
Preview The highest status ACSI can give to a member school is to identify it as "accredited."
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As part of our rebranding process, ACSI has rebranded our accreditation logo:

The highest status ACSI can give to a member school is to identify it as "accredited." At present, there are about 900 members at this status. Most of these schools are also accredited with one of the recognized regional accreditation groups, such as Middle States, New England, Western Association, or AdvancED. ACSI partners with all of these groups so that the process is virtually seamless for the school in obtaining both ACSI and regional accreditation. Becoming accredited with ACSI also provides affiliate membership for each school in the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). All ACSI accredited schools are listed on the ABHE directory.

The great value in ACSI accreditation is that it focuses on the distinctly Christian identity of the school while holistically addressing its educational quality. Both are vital: accreditation is the seal of quality on an educational institution.

Limits on Use of Accreditation Status

ACSI accreditation status cannot be extended over a branch, partner campus, or online school division. An accredited school may only use its status for areas that were covered in its self-study and that the visiting team indicated on the accreditation. Our policy on the use of accredited status or logo states that the accredited logo on school transcripts may only be utilized by a school/campus/location that was specifically included in a school's self-study and team visit, or added through a substantive change report/visit and Commission approval.

Timeline for Changes with AdvancED

ACSI has had a long and positive partnership with AdvancED- formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), North Central Association (NCA), and Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC). These associations covered 37 states with accreditation services. ACSI now has a partnership that covers all of these associations under the AdvancED banner and uses the AdvancED protocol in ASSIST-the AdvancED electronic accreditation platform-for school visits that result in both ACSI and AdvancED accreditation. Beginning July 1, 2016, REACH 2.0 will be the lead protocol for dual accreditation by ACSI-AdvancED.

A supplementary document-the AdvancED Self Assessment (SA)- must be submitted to AdvancED. ACSI is providing a standards and indicators alignment document between REACH 2.0 and the SA which will simplify this report for schools.

These documents and the most current information will be available as a resource in the Accreditation EE-12 group on the my.acsi.org ConNexus site.

Exemplary Accreditation

In the 2014-2015 academic year, ACSI piloted its Exemplary Accreditation program. Five schools were selected to participate in the program. All successfully completed the protocol and were awarded Exemplary Accredited status at Leadership Academy 2015. These schools were:

Valley Christian Schools, San Jose, CA

Grace Community School, Tyler, TX

Briarwood Christian School, Birmingham, AL

Valor Christian High School, Highlands Ranch, CO

Christian Academy of Louisville, Louisville, KY

The input from these schools assisted ACSI in refining the protocol with its six critical factors and 48 indicators. Schools must meet or exceed compliance with 75% of the rigorous indicators to be considered exemplary.

Information or an application for consideration for Exemplary Accreditation may be obtained from ACSI Academic Services office or from derek_keenan@acsi.org.


Derek J. Keenan EdD, Executive Director, ACSI Commission on Accreditation

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