Commission: Actions Taken During the Meeting of October 7, 2011
In accordance with Federal Regulations, the DETC Accrediting Commission provides written notice of its accrediting decisions to appropriate accrediting organizations and state agencies, the public, and the U.S. Department of Education.
The DETC Accrediting Commission met on October 7, 2011 and took the following actions:
The following applicant institution elected not to appeal the Commission’s final decision to deny accreditation:
- Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN
Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN was denied initial accreditation effective October 7, 2011 for the following reasons:
The DETC Accrediting Commission concluded that Trinity College failed to demonstrate compliance with Standard IX which requires that an "institution can document that it is financially responsible and is in control of its financial matters. The institution can demonstrate that it will continue to operate as a going concern for the benefit of students, and is capable of producing accurate and timely financial information."
On October 26, 2011, Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary submitted the following comments regarding the Commission's decision:
It has been a distinct privilege for Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary to be reviewed for accreditation by DETC. It is a point of pride for Trinity that all of its course offerings and faculty fully complied with DETC's challenging academic standards. Although Trinity's banking institution exhibited complete confidence in Trinity meeting Standard IX: Financial Responsibility as evidenced by its extension of the Trinity mortgage for five years at a fixed interest rate, almost unheard of in today's troubled economic climate, the DETC Commissioners decided otherwise in its collective wisdom.
Therefore, though Trinity respectfully disagrees with the decision of the Commissioners, we choose to view it as merely a brief pause in Trinity's pursuit of accreditation.
The Distance Education and Training Council's Standards, Policies and Procedures are under continuous review, and revisions are made by the Accrediting Commission as appropriate. When new or revised Standards, Policies or Procedures are adopted, the Commission sets the date by which its accredited institutions must be in full compliance.
A list of newly-adopted standards, policies and procedures and a list of documents out for public comment can be found on the Final Approval of Standards, Policies and Prodecures page of the DETC website.
The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council has the power and responsibility to establish and promulgate criteria for the evaluation and accreditation of distance education institutions. These criteria take the form of Accreditation Standards, Policies, and Procedures followed by the Commission as it evaluates and accredits institutions. The criteria are under continual review and changes are made as appropriate and as required.
Persons, institutions, and organizations affected by or with an interest in the Commission standards and policies will be advised of Proposed Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures, and of the date they will be given final consideration by the Commission. Interested persons, institutions, and organizations will be given at least 30 days to file written comments with the Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission
The Documents out for Public Comment page of the DETC website includes more information about the commenting procedure, and a list of all Proposed Accreditation Standards, Policies and Procedures that currently are out for public comment.
Note: Please click here to view/download a PDF report of actions taken at the October 7, 2011 of the DETC Accrediting Commission.
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