Association for Biblical Higher Education
Orlando, FL 32822
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education to grant degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels.
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute has earned initial accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools.
What does accreditation mean
and what is the advantage for a student?
Accreditation makes the transition easier as students move from one accredited school to another. The regional nature of accreditation allows a receiving school in the same or another state to assess the quality of a sending school and accept the incoming student’s credits and academic record. This ease of transfer applies across the nation through reciprocal agreements between the regional accrediting agencies.
An individual school may also evaluate unaccredited course work and transfer such credits into a degree plan. Carroll Institute evaluates all transcripts submitted to determine if a student’s previous course work from another institution will be acceptable for transfer.
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This consortium provides reciprocity to member states, allowing individuals residing in those states to take distance education courses provided by member institutions.
Since the regulatory landscape related to state authorizations changes often, students are encouraged to contact Carroll Institute personnel for clarification or further information. If you are a prospective student living in a state that is not a member of NC-SARA, or a current student considering relocation to a state that is not a member of NC-SARA, please contact the Registrar’s Office to request additional information about how state authorization may impact your ability to complete coursework with Carroll Institute.
The map below indicates states participating in NC-SARA (as of June 2016). For more information, please visit: http://nc-sara.org/.
Accreditation Process History
B. H. Carroll Institute has initiated procedural steps with those boards and associations that certify and accredit schools of higher education: the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Certification by the state of Texas is one of the prerequisites to apply for accreditation with the regional and national associations. Having met the standards of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Institute was granted a Certificate of Authority, effective January 2007, to offer master’s and doctoral degrees. In the fall of 2008, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ceased regulating the activities of degree-granting religious institutions, and Carroll Institute was granted exemption from the THECB on December 3, 2008.
On March 1, 2010, the Carroll Institute was granted “Applicant Status” with the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The Association for Biblical Higher Education is a national accrediting association officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ABHE comprises approximately 200 postsecondary institutions throughout North America specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. The accrediting process with ABHE is in three stages: Applicant, Candidacy, and Accreditation Status. The Carroll Institute hosted a two-day site visit in the spring of 2010 with a representative of the ABHE Commission on Accreditation who outlined the process for Carroll to attain Candidacy and then full Accreditation Status. Carroll Institute received full Accreditation Status” from ABHE on February 23, 2012.
In 2012, Carroll Institute began the formal process of seeking accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The first step of that process was to achieve Associate Membership status. To this end, application materials were submitted on July 30, 2013, and a staff visit was conducted December 2-3 of the same year. In February and March of 2014, six institutions provided to ATS letters of support on behalf of Carroll Institute: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Lincoln Christian University, and Logsdon Seminary. The Carroll Institute is profoundly grateful for the support of these sister institutions. On June 25, 2014, ATS member schools voted to approve the ATS Board’s recommendation to grant Carroll Institute Associate Membership status. Next, the institution began the work necessary for candidacy. This included the submission of a readiness report (January 2015) and the completion of a staff visit which occurred April 12-14, 2015. The ATS Board, at its meeting in June 2015, voted to grant Carroll Institute Candidate for Accredited Membership status. After the successful completion of a self-study report and an evaluative visit March 27-30, 2017; B. H. Carroll Theological Institute has earned initial accreditation with The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) effective June 2, 2017.
The leaders of the Carroll Theological Institute have over 300 years of combined experience in graduate theological education. That experience includes multiple self-studies and accrediting processes along with proficiency in graduate-level teaching, curriculum design, and competency-based education. From the beginning the Institute has demanded high standards of academic work that will meet or exceed all criteria necessary for accreditation. Because peer evaluation and accreditation are essential and valuable to the effective training of ministers, the quality of the faculty, the effectiveness of the curriculum, and the competencies of the graduates must be validated through accreditation by ABHE, ATS, and NASM. Therefore, academic excellence, effectiveness in ministry, and building the kingdom of God will be ultimate goals for every student.