Ames Christian University Accreditation
As a young institution (founded, March 2002), Ames Christian University is not yet eligible to make an application to an accreditation agency affiliated with the US Department of Education. The accreditation process
requires that we operate as a state-authorized institution for a period of time (usually two to three years) before we become eligible to make an application for accreditation. We are in that process now.
Our efforts to earn further accreditation are bearing fruit, and we anticipate a successful accreditation application when the time is right. In the interim, we have taken several steps to verify the integrity of our
operations and the processes that result in the Ames Christian degree. (Please see accreditation, authorization, and certification notes below.)
We completely understand that some students' personal
preferences and professional needs require that they earn degrees from institutions accredited by US DOE-affiliated agencies. We also know that many students' desires and aspirations are fulfilled by a school with a
less secular accreditation.
While it is our full intention to earn accreditation from a US DOE-affiliated agency in the future, our current accreditation is with Christian-focused agencies.
trust God completely to bring us students whose needs we can meet. As a result, we are delighted to have an intrepid student body of committed, diligent, and creative learners for whom education is a personal goal and a
spiritual passion. They enjoy being challenged to expand their faith and to practice excellence in their study pursuits.
We are honored to have you consider joining them.
Ames Christian University is fully accredited by the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions (WWAC). WWAC is non-governmental accreditation, extended exclusively to private,
Christian institutions upon inspection and approval of their programs, operations, and integrity.
WWAC is worldwide accreditation that honors the separation of chuch and state, and extends beyond national
boundaries. Its standards and expectations measure compliance with scriptural principles as applied to education.
Ames Christian's accreditation may be verified by contacting:
Dr. Paul Richardson, Executive President
2800 Blendwell Rd.
Richmond, VA 23224
In the United States of America, jurisdiction over degree-granting institutions rests with the individual state governments. Compliance with state regulations is the necessary
condition for offering a legitimate, legal American degree. Ames Christian University grants degrees under the authority of the Florida
State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities in compliance with Section 1005.06(1)(f), Florida Statutes.
Ames Christian University is also certified by the Apostolic Council on Educational Accountability, (www.acea-schools.org) an
non-governmental agency designed specifically to promote integrity among Christian colleges and universities.
Both WWAC and ACEA provide accountability and evaluation without compromising Ames Christian
University's mission, vision, and calling.
Tax Exempt Non-Profit Status
Ames Christian University is a non-profit corporation located in the state of Florida, USA. It is recognized as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the US
Internal Revenue Code.
What separates Ames Christian from the "diploma mills" springing up on the Internet?
There are several standards that set Ames Christian, and any legitimate institution, apart from the diploma mills:
Curriculum Standards: A legitimate institution sets real, definable curriculum standards, based on historical good practice, for each of its programs.
A legitimate institution requires its learners to undertake instruction, either from its own faculty, or from providers who have been accredited or approved based on a rigorous approval model.
Legitimate authorization involves the institution placing itself under the oversight of a duly appointed, sanctioned approval body. A legitimate institution grants degrees under the authority of the government agency in the state or country in which it operates.
A legitimate institution will contract with and employ faculty members who are appropriately qualified to teach in their disciplines, diverse in their educational backgrounds, and committed to academic excellence.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to outline our approach to this very important issue. Please feel free to contact us with questions about our authority to grant degrees.
We wish you the best with your
degree pursuit, and we look forward to serving you as an Ames Christian University learner