There are several types of accreditation. The primary ones applicable to theological education are:
Kairos has all of them. In addition to accreditation, Universities in the United States must have state authorization to provide online and distance education across the country. Finally, such agencies require that schools publish certain information. Below you will find a description of the agencies that accredit or authorize Kairos University and the relevant information the university is required to make public.
Institutional accreditation involves a comprehensive review of all institutional functions. Voluntary, non-governmental, institutional accreditation, is a unique characteristic of education in the United States and Canada. Accreditation is granted by the US Department of Education at the completion of a peer review process, and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
There are two kinds of institutional accrediting agencies and Kairos University is accredited by both.
Regional accrediting agencies originally requested from the Department of Education a scope, or range of authority, that is limited to institutions whose main campuses are located in a specific region of the United States. They also historically denote high levels of quality. The regional accreditor for Kairos University is the Higher Learning Commission.
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National accrediting agencies have requested a scope that extends across the United States. Often national agencies are focused on helping specific types of schools (like seminaries). In recent years, several regional agencies have sought to extend their scope to include the entire US. The National Accreditor for Kairos University is the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.
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Accrediting agencies that focus on specific aspects of an institution or particular programs are referred to as specialized or professional accreditors. These accreditors are focused on ensuring quality or accountability regarding particular aspects of the school. Kairos University has one for the financial integrity of the institution and legacy partner Evangelical Seminary has one for their Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program:
ECFA enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ to accredited organizations.
Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising, and board governance.
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The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the national accrediting agency for marriage and family therapy education and training. COAMFTE is also officially recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a non-governmental organization that recognizes accrediting bodies and works to foster and facilitate the role of accrediting bodies in promoting and ensuring the quality and diversity of American postsecondary education.
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Some denominations require schools to be formally approved by the denomination in order for graduates of the school to seek ordination within that denomination. In most cases, however, denominations require students to participate in certain types of learning experiences in order to pursue ordination. Kairos University and legacy partner Evangelical Seminary are approved by:
The University Senate is an elected body of peer professionals in higher education created by the General Conference, designed to work with United Methodist educational institutions. Senators provide consultative support to member schools, colleges, universities and theological institutions, and conduct periodic peer reviews to determine which of these meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.
In addition, students from over 70 different denominations attend Kairos University. The Kairos Project allows students to work closely with any denomination to ensure ordination requirements are fully embedded in their educational journey.
We are approved to offer education in every state in the US. This comes through our approval by NC-SARA.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative which seeks to establish comparable national standards for the interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs.
Kairos University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.