Students often ask us if we are government-recognized and whether we are accredited so that they might be able to get a job in USA or be able to transfer credits to another institution in the USA. Often these questions represent a misunderstanding about Theological Schools and their standing with the government. Consider the following:
1. Accreditation is not equivalent to direct "Government Recognition." Even in the USA the government does not get into recognizing Theological Schools.
2. According the CHEA website http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp#what
"In the U.S., the accreditors are private, nongovernmental organizations created for the specific purpose of reviewing higher education institutions and programs for quality."
3. The same is the case with Theological Schools in India, where the secular government does not get involved in accrediting Theological Degrees. Accreditation has to take place through private but government-registered accrediting agencies meant for Theological Education.
4. There are several government-registered accrediting agencies for Theological Schools in India. These are BTESS [Theologically Radical], ATA [Loosely Evangelical], NAPTI [Pentecostal], ICAATS [Theologically Conservative]
5. Scofield Seminary is fully accredited by ICAATS [International Council for Accrediting Alternate and Theological Studies] which is a government-recognized private Christian agency.
6. This guarantees that the courses offered by Scofield Seminary meet exceptionally high standards.
7. Accreditation by any agency anywhere only guarantees the quality of education, and nothing more. It does not guarantee admission to all schools, nor does it guarantee job placement in government agencies.
8. If your primary concern is a government job or admission in another school, you should approach them to see if they accept ICAATS accredited degrees.
9. Scofield can guarantee only an international quality education, and nothing that is beyond our preview. There is no accrediting agency that is accepted by educational institutions or employers uniformly throughout the world, and academic quality rarely enters into the picture when credit transfer is being considered. Each educational institution and employer sets their own criteria for these things. And the issue is highly bureaucratic and ideologically motivated.
10. Students can request a notarized document about the mandate of ICAATS which they can use in their countries when they seek an admission of a job. This will guarantee that the prospective school or employer knows about our legal standing.