The Process of Accreditation
The Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (JMBIS) was founded in January 2014. The goal and purpose of Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (JMBIS) is to train and equip our students to achieve their purpose in the Kingdom of God. Our desire is to be able to provide this education for free to everyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of God, the Bible and the ministry into which they feel called. In order to provide a free college level education we are gathering together materials that have been made available for free by colleges, universities and ministries around the world. JMBIS can then organize and combine these courses into series of tracks so that we can award Associates and Bachelors degree for completed course work. We offer courses on Campus and also through our Online Bible Institute. Click here if you are not seeing the rest of “The Process of Accreditation“.
State of Florida Department of Education
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. Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (JMBIS) grants degrees under the authority of the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities in compliance with Section 1005.06(1)(f), Florida Statutes. JMBIS has received approval as of 2015 from the FLDOE that JMBIS is in compliance with the statutes of the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities to offer college level degrees in ministry.
Over the next few years we will be moving towards the process of Accreditation. This is a long and expensive process. We thought you might be interested in seeing what the process entails. As a Christian College one of the best organizations to be accredited through would be The Association for Biblical Higher Education(www.abhe.org). We have included their checklist of 22 areas that would need to be brought into compliance before being accredited. If you look at the check list you will note that we really can’t even begin the process until we have graduated the class we started with. That is at least two or three years away. That should give us plenty of time to work on the other 21 areas. We will keep the checklist updated with where we are on the journey.
1. Authorization. An institution must document authorization from the appropriate governmental agency (if required) to operate as an educational institution and to grant all degrees, certificates, and diplomas that it awards. (JMBIS is in compliance in this area)
2. Institutional mission. An institution must have a clear statement of mission as well as formally adopted and widely publicized institutional goals that are in accord with the Association’s definition of biblical higher education.
3. Governance. An institution must have an external governing board of at least five members that has the authority to oversee the accomplishment of the mission, goals, and objectives of the institution.
4. Chief executive officer. An institution must employ a chief executive officer whose major responsibility is to the institution and who possesses appropriate authority.
5. Catalog. An institution must have available to students and the public a current and accurate catalog setting forth the institution’s governance, mission, institutional goals, specific objectives, academic program requirements and courses, learning and educational resources, admissions policies and standards, rules and regulations for conduct, full- and part-time faculty rosters with faculty degrees, fees and other charges, refund policies, a policy defining satisfactory academic progress, and other items related to attending, transferring to, or withdrawing from the institution. Claims regarding educational effectiveness must be supported by appropriate data.
6. Assessment and public accountability. An institution must make information available to the public concerning student achievement and institutional performance outcomes, including graduation rates and rate of recent graduate employment in program related occupations.
7. Learning resources. An institution must ensure access to resources necessary to support courses, programs, and degrees offered.
8. Faculty qualifications. An institution must have qualified academic leadership and at least one qualified faculty member for each major or program offered. The oversight of the program may be by the same individual as the faculty member.
9. Academic programs. An institution must offer one or more educational programs that are at least two academic years in length and are consistent with the mission of the institution and appropriate to higher education.
10. Biblical/theological studies. An institution must meet, in all its programs, the minimum requirement for biblical/theological studies as specified in the Standards for Accreditation.
11. General studies. An institution must meet, in all its programs, the minimum requirement for general studies as specified in the Standards for Accreditation.
12. Ministry formation program. An institution must require that undergraduate students participate in a program of ministry formation.
13. Student body. An institution must have students enrolled in and pursuing its educational programs. (JMBIS is in compliance in this area)
14. Program completion. An institution must have graduated at least one class in its principal program by the time of the committee’s decision regarding applicant status.
15. Admissions policy. An institution must have an admissions policy that is compatible with its stated institutional mission and programs offered.
16. Institutional stability and capacity. An institution must demonstrate a pattern of stability in enrollment, governing board, administration, faculty, and finances, and the capacity for development into an accredited institution within ten years.
17. Financial base. An institution must have a financial base indicating that the institution can achieve its mission and goals within a balanced budget and at a safe level of debt.
18. Income allocation. An institution must devote a substantial and sufficient portion of its generated income to the support of its educational purposes and programs.
19. Annual audit. An institution must have financial records that receive an annual, independent, opinioned audit.
20. Agency disclosure. An institution must agree to disclose to the association any and all such information as it may require to carry out its evaluation and accreditation functions.
21. Compliance. An institution must commit itself to comply with the Association’s Standards for Accreditation, either current or as hereafter modified, during the period of its affiliation.
22. Public disclosure. An institution must attest in writing that it understands and agrees that the Association may, at its discretion, make known to any agency or member of the public the nature of any action, positive or negative, regarding the institution’s status with the Association.
For more information on the process of Accreditation click here to go to our Accreditation page.