Accreditation & Exemption
State of California:
St. Athanasius & St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School is exempt as a religious institution in the State of California, and operates under the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874 (e) of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary activity initiated by the institution that requires a rigorous self-evaluation and an independent, objective appraisal of the overall educational quality by peers. Accreditation emphasizes quality assurance and a commitment to continuous quality enhancement. To achieve accreditation an institution must undertake an application and a series of evaluations that typically take anywhere from 2-3 years to complete.
Why is Accreditation important?
The accreditation status of an institution will affect how easily an individual’s courses will transfer to another institution and how a prospective employer values the degree from a particular institution.
Is ACTS Accredited?
St. Athanasius & St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School is currently applying for accreditation for its graduate degree & graduate certificate programs with one of the accredited agencies designated by the U.S. Department of Education. ACTS has hired an educational consulting agency that has walked institutions through the process before and is planning to have the process completed by December 2020.
For students who desire to achieve and accredited degree grounded in Coptic Orthodox theological studies ACTS currently holds a Memoranda of Understanding with both Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology where ACTS courses are transferable to those institutions and can be used towards select degree’s.