Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Some of Our Most Commonly Asked Admissions Questions
Accreditation & Transferability of Credits
A good answer to this important question assumes a question behind it: What is accreditation? Accreditation for institutions of higher learning is official approval and authorization of academic programs. An accrediting agency oversees a network of peer institutions that share common educational standards and holds each school accountable for consistently meeting those standards.
There are a variety of accrediting agencies: regional, national, and professional. In addition, some of these agencies are authorized by the U.S. Department of Education, giving member schools access to Federal Student Aid. Other agencies are private and do not participate in government accreditation.
Government accreditation assumes a traditional educational model, typically including a traditional residential campus with a suitable library, full-time residential faculty, etc. Private accreditation may include schools organized according to a traditional model and may also be organized in some sort of non-traditional educational model.
Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLSTG) is a private, non-traditional post-secondary institution that therefore is accountable to a private, non-traditional accrediting agency and not a government authorized agency. For that reason, CLSTG students do not have access to federal student financial aid. However, in every other way the CLSTG academic programs and resources conform to the highest standards of academic integrity for both instructors and courses.
To begin with, since its founding in 1983, CLSTG has had a formal relationship with the Georgia State Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC). CLSTG is accountable to this government agency and submits annual reports. Specific elements of CLSTG educational programs are structured in agreement with the Georgia NPEC. That accountability relationship guards the educational and academic integrity of all of CLSTG courses and programs, including the ability to grant theological degrees.
In addition, formal affiliation with other noted educational institutions serves to guarantee the academic quality and integrity of all CLSTG programs and resources. For example, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) has authorized all CLSTG courses for use as professional development CEUs for their members. Membership in the Academic Council for Academic Accountability (ACAA) provides important accountability relationships with other excellent non-traditional institutions. In addition, membership in the Association of Christian Distance Education (ACDA) provides CLSTG with participation in a community of online educators and programs in the development of excellent non-traditional educational programs and courses.