This week Southern Seminary goes through its re-accreditation process that happens once every ten years. Think of it as the educational equivalent of your visit to the doctor for a physical. Or, to put it in spiritual terms, think of the accreditors as our “educational accountability partners.”
This site visit has required months of preparation. We’ve cumulatively written hundreds of pages of documents and gathered thousands more. So, why is Southern Seminary accredited? In other words, if the process takes so much time and energy, then why is it worth it?
Accreditation allows Southern Seminary to more effectively signal several important facets of our core identity as a school:
- Southern Seminary is a quality institution – Re-accreditation helps to ensure that Southern maintains high quality academic standards. By evaluating the credentials of our professors and the strength of our academic programs, the accreditors can affirm the quality of a Southern education.
- Southern Seminary is a trustworthy institution – Re-accreditation helps to ensure that Southern can be trusted for your education. By reviewing our academic offerings and our campus experience, the accreditors can validate the reliability of a Southern education.
- Southern Seminary is an innovating institution – Re-accreditation helps to ensure that Southern seeks to advance its mission through innovation. By analyzing our institutional effectiveness and mandating intentional areas for growth through a Quality Enhancement Plan, the accreditors ensure that we continue to improve as a school.
- Southern Seminary is a biblical institution – Re-accreditation helps to ensure that Southern operates consistently with its biblical convictions. By evaluating our mission and core values and reviewing the beliefs of our faculty, the accreditors cause us as an institution to ensure that our faculty and training are biblical.
Of course, accreditation is not essential to be a quality, trustworthy, innovating, and biblical institution. However, the outside accountability provided by the accreditation agencies helps to ensure these facets of our core identity are central priorities in our educational efforts.