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 for 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.
Several 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.
Other articles by Dr. Stan Helton:
- Here to Serve
- ABC is Making a Difference
- Why Alberta Bible College?
- Learning Outcomes
- New Enrolment Initiative 10/10/100
- The Most Important Task
- Equipping People Who Equip People
- Understanding the Times
- Those Boots Again
- Accredited Again!
- Strike When the Iron is Hot
- At the Speed of Trust
- We Do This Together
- The Need for Christian Education
- To Dream Again
- A Letter to Our Supporters
- President’s Speech
- First Words