Statement on Accredited Status
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.
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History Related to Certification and Accreditation Processes
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 is 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. Presently, the institution is working with ATS staff to develop a plan to move toward candidacy and, in time, to fully accredited status.
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.