Accreditation: Frequently Asked Questions
Is SBIC accredited?
No, Southern Bible Institute & College is not accredited, but SBIC is actively pursuing the accreditation process with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). However, SBIC currently holds “Applicant” status at the undergraduate degree level with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, 5850 TG Lee Blvd. Suite 130, Orlando, Florida, 32822,Phone: 407.207.0808; Web: www.abhe.org. Applicant status is a pre-membership status granted to those institutions that meet the ABHE Conditions of Eligibility and that possess such qualities as may provide a basis for achieving Candidate status within four years. As an Applicant school with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Southern Bible Institute & College is listed on the association’s website directory:
Who is ABHE and why did SBIC choose ABHE?
ABHE is a North American higher education association officially approved by the U.S. Department of Education and is an officially recognized “faith based” accrediting association by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation, http://www.chea.org/pdf/CHEA_USDE_AllAccred.pdf). For more information about ABHE visit their website at www.abhe.org. You can also contact ABHE at: Association for Biblical Higher Education, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Orlando, FL 32822; Phone: 407.207.0808; Web: www.abhe.org.
SBIC chose ABHE because we believe this accrediting association provides the best choice for helping us grow institutionally and advance high academic standards, while carrying out our institutional mission statement which is “to equip men and women to be competent servant leaders with a bible-centered worldview” and learning outcomes associated with our bible-centered curriculum. Our mandate likewise affirms this decision by our Board of Directors and members of the broader SBIC educational community: “Timeless servant leadership rooted in God’s authoritative Word.”
Where is SBIC in the accreditation process?
ABHE states: “Accreditation is a process by which an institution evaluates its educational activities, in whole or in part, and seeks an independent judgment to confirm that it achieves its mission and goals and is generally equal in quality to comparable institutions or specialized units http://www.abhe.org/pages/NAV-aboutAccreditation.html.”
After being accepted as an ABHE “Applicant" institution in February, 2014, Southern Bible Institute & College began documenting its compliance with the Association’s annual reporting cycle and Comprehensive Integrated Standards (CIS), the next steps in the process for achieving Candidacy. SBIC makes its institutional outcomes public on the website at http://www.southernbible.org/index.cfm/PageID/1610/index.htm. ABHE's list of Comprehensive Integrated Standards can be found on the ABHE Website in the COA Manual, pages 13-29. Web URL: http://www.abhe-resources.com/pdfResources/COA/2013_COA_Manual.pdf.
ABHE's Comprehensive Integrated Standards principally involves the submission of a comprehensive institutional self study with assessment and planning documents. The self study is rigorous compliance evaluation of the whole institution with responses and documentation justifying that SBIC be granted Candidacy, the next step in the process accreditation process and the reason for which SBIC chose ABHE, to help us grow institutionally and advance high academic standards, while carrying out our and institutional mission statement and learning outcomes associated with our bible-centered curriculum.
What about attending an unaccredited school?
SBIC has educated students for 90 years. Its mission has not wavered and with over nine decades in continuous operation—this speaks well about the institute’s longevity and respectability in the Dallas/Fort Worth community.
What about admission into Graduate School? It should be kept in mind that admission decisions are completely up to the staff and policies of the school to which a student applies. SBIC graduates have been accepted into graduate programs at major bible-centered colleges, seminaries, and universities, who maintain faith-based accreditation status with associations like ABHE and ATS (Association of Theological Schools), and may also maintain regional accreditation status with associations like SACS (Southern Association Colleges and Schools).
SBIC student course work credit has likewise been accepted for transfer credit by these institutions. Some of these institutions include Dallas Baptist University, Criswell College, and Dallas Theological Seminary.
SBIC currently has a course articulation agreement with Moody Bible Institute. As of May 2013, SBIC graduates with the Associate of Science degree can fully transfer all course credits in that degree to Moody's Bachelor of Arts Ministry Leaderships degree. At the end, a student graduates with a four-year degree that is recognized by the two accrediting associations, faith related - the Association of Biblical Higher Education and regionally - and regionally by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more detailed information, please call the Admissions office at SBIC, 214.224.5481.