Accreditation is important for the purposes of ensuring quality in education. There are several accreditors that work with faith-based schools such as the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Association of Theological School (ATS), and Transnational Association of Christian Schools (TRACS).
Because SBI is a ministry of a Shepherd of the Hills Church and not a stand-alone educational institution, we are not eligible for conventional accreditation. Also, because this process is very expensive, and our mission is to provide high quality education at low tuition rates, accreditation is cost prohibitive for us.
We still recognize, however, the need to be accountable and respected in the Christian academic community (which is also part of our mission). For this reason, and to provide our students with an educational experience they can continue to develop beyond our walls, we have done several things:
Students graduating from the Shepherd's Bible Institute may articulate directly to Grace College, applying their SBI credits directly toward an Associate or Bachelor degree program of their choice.
Grace provides world-class residential and online Christian education in multiple disciplines, including: business, ministry, theology, psychology, human services, education, and more.
Students articulating to Grace from SBI will receive transfer credit for all courses completed with a "C" (2.0) or better.
Check out their website www.grace.edu
Students from Shepherd's Bible Institute can transfer their credits directly into a degree program of their choosing at Lancaster Bible College.
Lancaster Bible College provides both online and residential degree options from Associates to Doctoral programs. Majors include criminal justice, education, worship, ministry, business, and more.
Students of SBI may also be simultaneously enrolled at LBC so they can complete their degree faster.
Check out their website at www.lbc.edu