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21st Century CPCA Certification

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CPCA certification requires affirmation of compliance with the academic excellence standards of the CPCA. They are patterned after our early historical United States educational institutions of higher learning. CPCA standards equal or exceed the minimum standards of many State Departments of Education. From 2010 to 2014 the CPCA Board initiated an objective, extensive, comprehensive, extremely thorough examination of recognized USDE Accreditation Agencies accreditation processes. We compared them to the 2010 CPCA certification process with the intended purpose of achieving an advanced 21st Century CPCA Certification process. The CPCA 21st Century Certification process was created with academic standards and practices of higher learning for faith based institutions. These standards are comparable to USDE recognized accreditation. The CPCA process recognizes faith based principles of operation which includes faith based economic principles.

To demonstrate belief in and support of this new 21st Century CPCA certification process these CPCA institutions with 2010 CPCA 10-Year CPCA Certified standing; Conservative Theological University, Florida Christian University, MASTER’S International University of Divinity, and New Covenant International University, submitted letters of intent to proceed through the four sequential levels of the 21st Century CPCA Certification process.

CPCA certification excludes the massive USDE recognized accreditation requirements pertaining to receiving US government Title IV funds. This includes federally backed student loan money. Accepting these funds leads to, "whoever pays the piper has the right to call the tune." This allows government to have requirements that violate God's faith based principles in the Bible. Debt, including student loans, is a problem for college students after graduation. Therefore, CPCA institutions discourage student loan debt.

CPCA Certification with the Council of Private Colleges of America includes quality peer review, certification Facilitator Team visits, and verifying data to CPCA standards. These CPCA standards are academically similar to accreditation for educational or professional institutions and programs. The CPCA determines the extent to which the measurable standards of excellence are met, and publicly announces their findings.

Understanding How 21st Century CPCA Certification and Accreditation Differ

The Council of Private Colleges of America is a certification agency that establishes operating standards for educational or professional institutions and programs in US states, territories and internationally where it is feasible to do so.  The CPCA determines the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announces their findings.  Certification with the Council of Private Colleges of America includes quality peer review, certification Facilitator Team visits, verifying data to CPCA standards for educational or professional institutions and programs which are similar to accreditation.

CPCA certification requires affirmation of compliance with the academic excellence standards of the CPCA patterned after our early historical United States educational institutions of higher learning. CPCA standards equal or exceed the minimum standards of many State Departments of Education.

Understanding How CPCA Certification and USDE Accreditation Differ

Accreditation is essentially a statement of approval.  In the United States, if it is to be meaningful in that an institution is eligible for Title IV Federal funding, it must come from an independent accrediting association that has attained its own approval from the United States Department of Education (USDE).

In the US, the government does not accredit institutions.  However, the USDE is in the business of approving the associations which do accredit institutions primarily for the purpose of serving as gate keepers for Title IV Funding.  This point must be understood in order to properly understand USDE recognized accreditation.  The primary reason that USDE approves accrediting agencies is to assure control over the flow of Title IV Funding; the nearly 80 billion dollar congressionally approved annual money stream that flows from taxpayers to educational institutions that are accredited by an agency approved by USDE.  The greater part of accreditation requirements are geared toward satisfying the USDE mandated standards specifically designed to regulate the flow of the huge taxpayer investment in Title IV Funding for higher education.

Accrediting associations in the U.S. are not required to seek USDE recognition, but without it, the value of such accreditation may be questionable. These accreditation mills, not recognized by the USDE, mislead the education consumer regarding not being eligible to receive Title IV Funds, transfer of credits to institutions with USDE approved accreditation, and certain government employment positions. That is why schools promoting accreditation from sources not approved by the USDE are considered "unaccredited.”

The CPCA has pioneered use of the term "certification" to avoid any confusion with the term “accreditation” thereby, keeping the Lord’s testimony above reproach. CPCA certification is also essentially a statement of approval, but significantly different from accreditation in several important ways.  Most important, CPCA certification is not tied to Title IV Funding.  Only USDE recognized accreditation qualifies institutions to receive such funding.  CPCA certification is not the same as accreditation because the CPCA certification criteria are not geared toward satisfying the requirements for Title IV Funding. The CPCA certification process recognizes faith based principles of operation which includes faith based economic principles. This is one of the reasons that certifying agencies are not as well known, and their value not as readily understood.

Legitimate CPCA certification is similar to legitimate USDE accreditation in that it also involves voluntary peer review through private agencies accountable to their constituents, but not to the federal government since Title IV Funding is not involved.  Much of the misunderstanding that arises between the two is due to the lack of consumer awareness and the generally held, though false belief, that accreditation is the only standard for academic legitimacy.

Furthermore, certification is a term more often associated with professions.  For example, there are certified professionals in banking, insurance, medicine, and in many other areas.  Of course, the term "accredited" is also used in many of these situations.  For example, an organization may be an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau. This is because the two terms often serve as synonyms. However, when it comes to higher education, “accreditation” is tied to Title IV Funding and certification is not.

CPCA certification is an excellent vehicle for achieving academic legitimacy, especially for faith-based educational institutions with no desire or need to seek accreditation for the purpose of qualifying for Title IV Funding.  In fact, within higher education circles, it is understood that not all higher education institutions actually need USDE recognized accreditation as is evidenced in the following quotes.

This quote from the United States Department of Education also makes the point. "It should be noted that some institutions have chosen not to participate in the federal student aid program and therefore do not have to be approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department. While these institutions do not appear on the Department's list, they may be legitimate schools."

This quote is from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  "There are institutions that may not be accredited but are not degree mills. For example, the institution may be seeking accreditation, but the process is not complete. Or a legitimate institution may choose not to be accredited for reasons that do not relate to quality."

A former executive director of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (an accrediting agency recognized by the USDE), stated that "There are hundreds of Bible Colleges and Seminaries in the United States and Canada that are offering good solid theological training, yet they are not accredited.  This would be the case with our Affiliate institutions that take advantage of the programs and services that we offer."

Therefore, along with our currently CPCA certified member institutions, both unaccredited and accredited faith-based institutions of higher learning are encouraged to consider the many benefits of CPCA certification.
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CPCA Members Certification Status

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21st Century CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED

These Institutions are CPCA Advanced Members

21st Century CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED Awarded

  • [A] Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
  • [A] Robert E. Weber Institute for Worship Studies, The, Orange Park, Florida

21st Century CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED In Process

  • [A] Conservative Theological University, Jacksonville, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] Florida Christian University, Inc., Orlando, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A]MASTER’S International University of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] New Covenant International University, Lake Worth, Florida
    Previous 2010 CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018

CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED Process Manual

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21st Century CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED

These Institutions are CPCA Advanced Members

21st Century CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED Awarded

21st Century CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED In Process

  • [A] Conservative Theological University, Jacksonville, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] Florida Christian University, Inc., Orlando, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A]MASTER’S International University of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] New Covenant International University, Lake Worth, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018

CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED Process Manual

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21st Century CPCA CANDIDATE

These Institutions are CPCA Sustaining Members

21st Century CPCA CANDIDATE Awarded

 

21st Century CPCA CANDIDATE In Process

  • [A] Conservative Theological University, Jacksonville, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] Florida Christian University, Inc., Orlando, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A]MASTER’S International University of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] New Covenant International University, Lake Worth, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [S] Zion Christian University, Clearwater, Florida

CPCA CANDIDATE Process Manual

 

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21st Century CPCA APPLICANT

These Institutions are CPCA Sustaining Members

21st Century CPCA APPLICANT Awarded

  • [M] Zion Christian University, Clearwater, Florida
  • [A] Florida Christian University, Inc., Orlando, Florida

21st Century CPCA APPLICANT In Process

  • [M] Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia (pending)
  • [M] Colorado Theological Seminary, Lake Helen, Florida
  • [A] Conservative Theological University, Jacksonville, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] Covenant Life University, Fort Myers, Florida
    Previous CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A]MASTER’S International University of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [M] International Bible University, Orlando, Florida
    Previous CPCA 3-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] New Covenant International University, Lake Worth, Florida
    Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [A] Southeastern Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, Florida
    Previous CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED expires December 31, 2018
  • [M] Thomas Brown Bible College, Jacksonville, Florida

CPCA APPLICANT Process Manual

 

PREVIOUS (prior to 2014) CPCA Certification

Terminating on December 31, 2018

These Institutions are CPCA Members

Previous CPCA 10-Year CERTIFIED

  • [A] Conservative Theological University, Jacksonville, Florida
  • [A] Florida Christian University, Inc., Orlando, Florida
  • [A] MASTER’S International University of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana
  • [A] New Covenant International University, Lake Worth, Florida

Previous CPCA 5-Year CERTIFIED

  • [A] Chapel Christian University, Cocoa, Florida
  • [A] Covenant Life University, Fort Myers, Florida
  • [A] Holy Spirit University, Port Orange, Florida
  • [A] International Theological Seminary, Bradenton, Florida
  • [A] Kaleo Institute, The, Jacksonville, Florida
  • [A] Reformation International College, Fellsmere, Florida
  • [A] Reformation International Theological Seminary, Fellsmere, Florida
  • [A] Southeastern Theological Seminary, Jacksonville, Florida
  • [A] Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies, Jacksonville, Florida
  • [A] Trinity Theological College and Seminary, Jacksonville, Florida
  • [A] Universidad Iberoamericana de Liderazgo, Miami, Florida

Previous CPCA 3-Year CERTIFIED

  • [S] Carmen L. Stewart Apostolic Institute of Learning, Margate, Florida
  • [S] Christian International School of Theology, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
  • [S] Cornerstone Christian University, Orlando, Florida
  • [S] Covenant Theological Seminary, Tallahassee, Florida
  • [S] Dayspring Theological Seminary, Panama City, Florida
  • [S] International Bible University, Inc., Orlando, Florida
  • [S] Tampa Bay Bible College, Lutz, Florida
  • [S] West Florida Baptist Institute, Pensacola, Florida

Previous CPCA 1-Year CERTIFIED

Terminated on December 31, 2015

  • [S] Z. E. Brown Bible College, Tallahassee, Florida

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