Shepherd Bible College
"laying a sure foundation"
Institutional Accreditation and Affiliations
Many students are concerned about accreditation, and rightly so. Accreditation is one way for prospective students to know that a school and the programs which it offers have been recognized by an association higher than itself. Unfortunately, misunderstandings have developed which have misled some students. Many are confused as to what accreditation actually is.
On this page, we at Shepherd Bible College want to explain what accreditation is so that you, the student, will be better informed and more able to make a qualified decision concerning your educational choices. Whether you choose to study with us or not, we hope that this information will serve you as you research and find the program that God has for you.
Basically, accreditation is a way by which educational institutions determine the acceptance of credits or degrees. There are two main forms of accreditation - Independent and Regional.
Because the purpose of accreditation is to provide a way for educational facilities to determine the acceptance of credits and degrees, and because all accreditation is purely voluntary, many institutions who choose not to conform to governmental restrictions, but do wish to provide high quality education choose some form of independent accreditation.
Sometimes erroneously referred to as Governmental accreditation, Regional accreditation is granted by six private corporations, known as agencies. Each agency is responsible for and provides accreditation for universities in a separate area of the country. The reason that this type of accreditation is sometimes referred to as governmental accreditation is because schools recognized by these six agencies are recognized by the federal government and are eligible to receive government funds. Students of these institutions are eligible for student loans and grants.
Conversely, students who do not attend a regionally accredited school are not eligible for government funds. Many excellent schools are regionally accredited and students with career goals that require a degree from a regionally accredited institution will want to complete a program of study from one of these governmentally approved schools.
SBC is a Bible Teaching Institute that has declined regional accreditation based on the desire to teach the whole Word of God. We will not compromise the Biblical message and therefore do not seek the approval of government recognized accreditation. However, we do want to provide our students with exceptional study opportunities, course material and the freedom to transfer credit.
Though this Bible Institute is not regionally-accredited (federally supported), SBC holds a World-Wide Independent Accreditation and many Bible colleges accept credits from Shepherd Bible College based on our level of academic excellence, the integrity of SBC and the reputation of its graduates. If you have specific questions about the transferability of credits, consult the Registrar's Office of the institution you desire to attend.
1. Florida Department of Education: Commission for Independent Education
Shepherd Bible College is a Registered Religious Institution of Biblical Education under Chapter 1005, Florida Statutes for Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Colleges and Institutions. Granting us the authority to offer educational programs that prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications or social work. We are authorized by the State of Florida to award the associates, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in reference to above stated disciplines of study.
2. WWAC: Worldwide Accreditation Commission
Shepherd Bible College is fully-accredited by the (Worldwide Accreditation Commission) of Christian Educational Institutions. Anyone wishing to contact them for verification may write or call: The WWAC, Dr. Paul Richardson, Executive President, 2800 Blendwell Rd. Richmond, VA. 23224. SBC awards the associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.
Dr. Paul Richardson
2800 Blendwell Rd.
Richmond, VA 23224
Shepherd Bible College is a member of the (OCCM) On-line Christ Centered Ministries that is a professional association for individuals and ministries proclaiming the true gospel of Jesus Christ (on and off the internet)
Dr. Jason Gastrich
Disclaimer Policy: All degrees awarded by Shepherd Bible College are solely for religious vocations. Transferability of credits earned at SBC and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Shepherd Bible College
1305 Delbar Ct. Suite A
Largo, FL 33770
Phone: (727) 586-2934