Within American institutions of higher education, the question of accreditation is one that evokes many opinions and emotions. Accreditation has become the only road to receiving Federal Grant and Loan monies for student tuition and institution expenses. Wittenberg Institute is committed to providing student tuition and expenses through donations from individuals and congregations, not Federal tax dollars. The issue of accreditation has been investigated by Wittenberg Institute. It has become clear that becoming accredited is a tedious and expensive process that often divides faculty and administration based solely on agendas of the accrediting boards.
Accreditation is a voluntary process for academic institutions. The academic quality of a faculty, the integrity of its programs, and the professional and academic accomplishments of its graduates should measure the academic integrity of any school. Because accreditation is directed towards meeting minimum standards and receiving federal monies, Wittenberg Institute concludes that accreditation presents more problems than the solutions it purports to provide.
Further, the quality of a student���s academic work and the recommendation of professors who know the student and the significance of their research are paramount when matriculating to other graduate programs. Related, is the trust of our professors with their colleagues at the institutions where a student would like to study. Institutional requisites are often set aside to make room for students with significant research skills and academic abilities and connections.
The vision of Wittenberg Institute is to provide students with tools that will allow them to move on to further study or work within their chosen field. Whether to academic or called positions within the church, study at Wittenberg Institute has the focus of clear proclamation or promulgation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The overarching goal of Wittenberg Institute is to make the educational and professional goals of our students a reality.
For additional information on accreditation see U.S. Department of Education’s accreditation statement. A quote from this page regarding the Database of Accredited Programs and Institutions is as follows, “The database does not include a number of post-secondary educational institutions and programs that elect not to seek accreditation but nevertheless may provide a quality post-secondary education. The U.S. Department of Education recommends that the database be used as one source of qualitative information and that additional sources of qualitative information be consulted.” The focus of Wittenberg Institute is providing quality post-secondary theological education.