Higher Place Christian University has accreditations and memberships with nationally recognized accrediting institutions to award certificates and associates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
The U.S. Department of Education states that accreditation itself is a voluntary process. Many high-quality, legitimate and legal Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education operate today without accreditation.
There is no mandate by federal law for a School, College or University to be accredited. Many good schools are not accredited. Also, each accreditor has their own unique standards and, thus, there is no national consistency in institutional accreditation. Accreditation in the United States is awarded by non-US governmental agencies. Again, accreditation is strictly a voluntary option in the United States.
"The United States has no Federal Ministry of Education or other centralized authority exercising single national control over post secondary educational institutions in this country. The States assume varying degrees of control over education, but, in general, institutions of higher education are permitted to operate with considerable independence and autonomy. As a consequence, American educational institutions can vary widely in the character and quality of their programs.
In order to insure a basic level of quality, the practice of accreditation arose in the United States as a means of conducting non-governmental, peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs. Private educational associations of regional or national scope have adopted criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound educational program and have developed procedures for evaluating institutions or programs to determine whether or not they are operating at basic levels of quality." (U.S. Dept Education website)
Higher Place Christian University is a private corporation in the state of Florida and legally authorized by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities (SBICU) with a religious exemption authority to offer degree programs that are designed solely for religious vocations. HPCU makes no claims, implied or otherwise, that our educational programs, courses, or curricula are the same as offered by secular state colleges and universities. HPCU desires to remain separate and thereby maintain our religious prerogatives and freedom to compose courses and design degree programs that are in accordance with our Biblical convictions and beliefs. HPCU is not affiliated with the State of Florida or the U.S. Department of Education. Credits and Degrees earned at HPCU are for those in Christian service.
(b) Where promotional material for an unaccredited institution consists of an advertisement in a periodical published by a person or entity that is not affiliated with the unaccredited institution, the disclosure required in subsection (a) may be abbreviated to state as follows NOT ACCREDITED BY AN AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. The disclosure required under this subsection shall be made in a type size as large or larger than any other text in the advertisement.
The Accrediting Commission International
For Schools, Colleges & Theological Seminaries (A.C.I.)
PO BOX 102 * Beebe, AR 72012
ACI has not sought recognition from United States Department Of Education. This choice has been made by the Institutions ACI represents and in no way reflects on its Legal Status or the quality of education offered by the Institutions. ACI is a International Accrediting Commission that represents over 186 institutions, in 6 countries and 35 States in USA.. With over 30,000 registered students reported in 2000.
HPCU has elected ACI as its Accrediting Agency because of our desire to remain free from the control of any Federal, State or private agency controlled by same, that will not allow complete Religious Freedom in our curriculum and student body.
World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions (WWAC)
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Adult higher Education Alliance (AHEA)
American Associations of Christian Schools (AACS)
Apostolic Council For Educational Accountability (ACEA)