Grace Bible Reformed University Accreditation
Grace Bible Reformed University holds its own accreditation based on the word of God as written in the Holy Bible as it provides classroom and distance Christian theological education to the public.
As a young institution (founded in March 2015), the goal and purpose of Grace Bible Reformed University has always been to train and equip our learners by providing Christian theological education through distance learning and classroom instruction. Our programs are created from the highest curriculum standards within the framework of Spirit-empowered, biblical authority enabling our learners to be challenged with spiritual passion and personal fulfillment. For that reason, our current accreditation is with Christian-focused agencies bringing integrity to our operations and the processes that result in Grace Bible Reformed University degree programs.
We completely understand that some students’ personal preferences and professional needs require that they earn degrees from institutions that are regionally accredited by US DOE-approved agencies. We also know that many students’ desires and aspirations are fulfilled by a school with a less secular accreditation. In the future, GBRU MAY consider pursuing an affiliate membership with a faith-based US DOE-approved agency. However, affiliation is not equivalent to accreditation.
With that in mind, we completely trust God to bring us students whose needs we can meet and help to fulfill their God-given call. As a result, we are delighted to have a diverse student body of committed, diligent, and creative learners whose desire is to fulfill the Great Commission and to work powerfully and effectively in their God-ordained ministry. Our learners enjoy the challenge of expanding their faith and practicing excellence in their educational pursuits.
We are honored to have you consider joining them.
Arizona Corporation Commission
Grace Bible Reformed University is a registered and approved non-profit corporation in the state of Arizona under the Arizona Corporation Commission. Grace Bible Reformed University was approved March 5th, 2015. Grace Bible Reformed University is therefore lawful to perform duties of which it was formed which include but not limited to offering Christian theological programs and related certificates, diplomas, and degrees to qualified learners.
State of Arizona Department of Education Accreditation
Under Arizona law (ARS 15-161), private schools are free to operate as they see fit without the supervision of state or local education authorities. NO AZDOE accreditation required for theological education.
However, private schools are required to meet certain guidelines regarding special education services and health & safety requirements
In the United States of America, jurisdiction over degree-granting institutions rests with the individual state governments. Compliance with state regulations is the necessary condition for offering a legitimate, legal American degree. Grace Bible Reformed University grants degrees under the authority of the Arizona State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities in compliance with Section (ARS 15-161), Arizona Statutes. The state of Arizona does not require regional or theological accreditation. Please Note: GBRU as well as other Christian colleges are NOT required to be regulated by the Arizona Department of Education (AZDOE); therefore, Grace Bible Reformed University is not listed with the AZDOE as a ‘regulated’ institution. GBRU has received approval (authorization) as of 2015 from the AZDOE Arizona Corporation commission that GBRU is in compliance with the statutes of the Arizona State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities to offer legitimate, legal American degrees.
Academic Council For Educational Accountability
Grace Bible Reformed University will be certified by the Academic Council For Educational Accountability, (www.acea-schools.org) a non-governmental agency designed specifically to promote integrity among Christian colleges and universities. ACEA is a network of Christian educators and Christian training programs & schools. We exist to provide both credibility through accountability or credibility through association.
ACEA provides accountability and evaluation without compromising GBRU’s mission, vision, and bylaws.
In the United States, accreditation of universities and seminaries is a voluntary process with accreditation granted by private, non-governmental agencies. Governmental agencies never provide theological or ministry accreditation. Additionally, there is no absolute ‘national’ standard for educational accreditation since the educational world is currently re-examining criteria for accreditation, focusing less on institutional inputs and more on educational outcomes.
There is no such requirement as Federal or State accreditation of a religious institution, because the civil government has no authority to regulate religious teachings or which certificates or religious degrees upon completion of such education may be issued. This is a matter of separation of Church and State. Politicians and civil authorities must never be allowed to officially endorse or disapprove directly or indirectly the beliefs and practices of churches or their schools.
Please keep in mind that many if not most Bible Colleges and Christian Universities do not have secular regional accreditation. We are a Arizona Christian Theological School which is different from a public school see below.
Grace Bible Reformed University does not have a regional secular accreditation. If you are desiring to pursue a degree for secular employment, a degree with GBRU may not be the right choice for you. GBRU does not guarantee a job or ordination in any specific market or ministry. GBRU is not listed at this time with a U.S. Department of Education-approved accreditation agency, and an GBRU degree is NOT specifically suited for people pursuing secular jobs such as public school teachers, state university professors, and state-licensed counselors or psychologists, among other vocations requiring state licensure.
ACCA American Correctional Chaplains Association
Grace Bible Reformed University will seek certification with American Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCA) because of its involvement with prison ministry. GBRU trains prisoners, religious volunteers, and chaplains to deepen their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ and understanding of the kingdom of God.
Tax Exempt Non-Profit Status Grace Bible Reformed University is a non-profit corporation located in the state of Arizona, USA. It is pursuing recognition as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue Code.
What separates Grace Bible Reformed University from the “diploma mills” springing up on the Internet?
There are several standards that set Grace Bible Reformed university, and any legitimate institution, apart from the diploma mills:
Curriculum Standards: A legitimate institution sets real, definable curriculum standards, based on historical good practice, for each of its programs.
Instructional Delivery: A legitimate institution requires its learners to undertake instruction, either from its own faculty, or from providers who have been accredited or approved based on a rigorous approval model.
Authorization: Legitimate authorization involves the institution placing itself under the oversight of a duly appointed, sanctioned approval body. A legitimate institution grants degrees under the authority of the government agency in the state or country in which it operates.
Faculty Standards: A legitimate institution will contract with and employ faculty members who are appropriately qualified to teach in their disciplines, diverse in their educational backgrounds, and committed to academic excellence.
As stated above Grace Bible Reformed University is a private Christian theological school and does not have a regional secular accreditation. If you are desiring to pursue a degree for secular employment, a degree with Grace Bible Reformed University may not be the right choice for you. GBRU does not guarantee a job or ordination in any specific market or ministry. GBRU is not listed at this time with a U.S. Department of Education-approved accreditation agency, and an GBRU degree is NOT specifically suited for people pursuing secular jobs such as public school teachers, state university professors, and state-licensed counselors or psychologists, among other vocations requiring state licensure.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to outline our approach to this very important issue. We wish you the best with your degree pursuit, and we look forward to serving you as Grace Bible Reformed University learner
About Private Schools in Arizona:
You have the right and the responsibility to select the appropriate school to meet your learning needs. No one knows your personal circumstances, special traits, needs, strengths and weaknesses better than you. If you are considering a private Christian theological school, it is important for you to know some of the fundamental differences between private and public school in Arizona.
Private elementary and secondary schools are not licensed, approved, accredited or regulated by the Department of Education. Arizona’s private schools issue independent school diplomas that do not require approval from the state of Arizona. Arizona private schools establish their own system of school accountability, grading, reporting, and evaluating and are not included in the state’s measurement of public schools. Private elementary and secondary schools are structured as private corporations, churches or private businesses that only report directory information and the enrollment of compulsory attendance aged students to the Department of Education. Private schools are not subject to school definitions and requirements specified in education statutes and they are not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education