Accredited Again!

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Evangel – Spring 2016

Message from the President

We are pleased to announce that the Commission on Accreditation (COA) of the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) has recognized Alberta Bible College as an accredited institution. We cannot express how grateful we are for those who worked on the process, for those who prayed Dr. Stan Heltonfor us during this process, and for those who supported the college during this time of transition. We are of course most grateful to God who called us into this ministry of spiritual transformation.

In 2013 the ABC board decided to withdraw from accreditation because we needed to take care of some matters that threatened our renewal of accreditation at that time. In God’s providential care this turned out to be a tactical retreat and one that greatly benefited the college. Particularly beneficial was that we were able to petition for reinstatement without being placed back to candidacy level. Over the course of the last two years, we have conducted a thorough self-study, hosted an ABHE visiting team, responded to their questions, and stood before the Commission on Accreditation to be granted accreditation until 2021 when our next review will happen. This is very good news.

At the heart of the accreditation process is peer-review. This means that colleagues from similar institutions collaborate to create standards of excellence and means of attaining those standards. Accredited institutions share a common sense of accountability. Supporters of ABC should feel confident that their college represents high quality and because of accreditation should know that ABC is pursuing best practices in Christian higher education.

Girl studying ScriptureSeveral of the serendipitous benefits of accreditation include students’ ability to transfer credits from one institution to another, to have access to student loans and other incentives, and the confidence that ABC is a quality college. Additionally accreditation makes it possible for foreign students wanting to study in Canada to come to ABC. The benefits to the college also include collaborative relationships with colleagues and other institutions, accountability, and the push to excellence. The benefit to the college’s constituency is the sense of satisfaction that the mission of the college is staying on target.

So take a few moments to celebrate with us.

This is no small accomplishment.

Stan is the current president of ABC, and has recently joined us with his wife, Pat Helton. They have one daughter Rachel, who is married. She and her husband just finished a short-term mission trip to Zambia. Rachel is completing her Masters in Theology through Abilene Christian University. Stan has earned degrees from Oklahoma Christian University (BA), Abilene Christian University (MS, MDiv, DMin), and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He has served in a variety of ministry settings including New Orleans and Chicago; he taught for six years at Western Christian College in Regina, Saskatchewan where he also served as Dean. Pat is a teacher whose specialty is Adapted Physical Education. She has served people with special needs most of her career, most recently among the urban poor of New Orleans. Stan and Pat are excited to have returned to Canada and seeing what God will do with them next in this mission.

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