What about accreditation? In the United States, schools and universities volunteer for a comprehensive review process to assure institutional integrity and academic quality. The standard is based on criteria developed by accrediting agencies which are recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education. A degree from one accredited school is generally recognized for admission to a higher level program at other accredited schools. Courses usually transfer if they are similar and meet the graduation requirements of other accredited institutions.
Why has NationsUniversity not sought accreditation of its programs? The reason that NationsUniversity exists is to make a college level education in Religious Studies available to highly motivated students who want to prepare for church leadership but are unable to attend accredited Christian universities for financial or other practical reasons. We are able to provide quality independent study courses without cost anywhere in the world by avoiding the costs associated with bricks and mortar universities, by recruiting university professors and other professionals to volunteer their expertise and services, and by receiving generous support from friends who share our goal.
The criteria used by accrediting agencies include some requirements that do not fit NationsUniversity. Among these are tuition and loan policies, student/faculty ratio, or number of books in a central library. These criteria are not appropriate for a school offering tuition-free, university education through independent study. However, criteria relating to our mission and objectives, curriculum, faculty, student achievement, fiscal responsibility, organizational research, and self-improvement do fit us.
The short answer to the question of accreditation and NationsUniversity is that we are unaccredited in order to provide quality education tuition-free.
Will NationsUniversity credits transfer to an accredited university? Credit transfer is done on a more select basis when the credits come from an unaccredited institution. A good academic record is more likely to receive a favorable review than a poor one. Yes, there are accredited schools who will accept NU students. Below are two such opportunities.
Business Administration. While NU does not offer a degree in Business, we are pursuing an agreement with The International University in Vienna, Austria to accept students into their Bachelor of Business Administration program with a short residency in Vienna. The International University Web Site
Religion. Graduates of the Bachelor of Religious Studies degree at NationsUniversity may apply for admission to the graduate program of the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Students will be considered for Conditional Admittance to take up to nine semester hours of credit. If the student completes nine semester hours of graduate work with a "B" average or better, he/she may apply for full admission to the graduate program. Students whose program at NationsUniversity did not include requisite general education courses may be required to complete one course in each of three subjects: science, mathematics, and English. International students whose native language is not English must present the results of the Test Of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless they have demonstrated competence while attending an American institution. Graduate degrees available through Lipscomb's College of Bible and Ministry are the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Libscomb University Web Site
Students who desire to transfer to one of the above institutions (or any other), will be subject to all the regulations of those institutions and are responsible for arranging their own admission and paying the tuition costs. For more information regarding accreditation, click on Baker's Guide