Maranatha is accredited under the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). AQIP emphasizes quality planning and process evaluation as keys to a successful, strong educational institution.
Accredited public, private, and Christian colleges and universities accept degrees earned at Maranatha as a foundation for graduate studies and have accepted credits earned for transfer. Maranatha is listed in the Higher Education Directory printed for the United States Department of Education.
Read about Maranatha’s Academic Quality Improvement Program.
Which accreditation is preferable?
When students look for a college, one important consideration is whether it is accredited. Colleges and universities are awarded accreditation after successfully undergoing a voluntary external review by a private accrediting agency to evaluate the quality of their institution and how effectively they are meeting their stated mission. While the evaluation criteria among accrediting agencies tend to be similar—measuring such areas as expected student achievement, curriculum, and faculty—not all forms of accreditation are equal. Most accredited colleges and universities are divided into two basic types: regional or national accreditation. What’s the difference?
Since 1993, Maranatha has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. This regional accrediting organization focuses on quality improvement and encourages Maranatha to accomplish its mission. Accredited public, private, and Christian colleges and universities accept degrees earned at Maranatha as a foundation for graduate studies and accept credits earned for transfer. Maranatha chose regional over national accreditation for two reasons. First, national accreditation tends to be very prescriptive; there are specific requirements concerning curriculum, faculty standards, etc. The Higher Learning Commission is more flexible and allows the schools to establish and maintain their own identity. Second, faith-based accrediting agencies routinely interject “faith” exercises into their meetings and expectations, something the regional agencies do not do. Maranatha has no desire to participate in religious activities with the non-Baptist, non-fundamentalist schools in the faith-based accrediting agencies. (Note: Although this has not been the case, if at any point we would have to compromise our mission to maintain accreditation, we certainly would give up our regional accreditation. While accreditation is valuable for our students, maintaining our mission is paramount.)
Recently a number of fundamental Christian colleges have pursued accreditation. We believe this is a good thing and rejoice in the successes of these sister institutions and believe their decisions will benefit both their current students and graduates. Each college or university makes these important choices guided by their history and values. We respect their choices and value their friendship.
State Licensure Programs
Maranatha’s Teacher Education Program is designed to qualify successful graduates for a teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public instruction. Because Wisconsin maintains standards among the highest in the nation, its license is accepted for reciprocity in most states (check with your state for reciprocity policies). When students graduate from one of the School of Education programs, they may apply for licensure in Wisconsin or in another state. Our teacher education programs also satisfy the licensure requirements of the American Association of Christian Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Maranatha’s Business Department also has an Accounting program that contains all the curricular requirements necessary to sit for the CPA examination in the students’ chosen state. Unlike teacher education, the School of Business does not directly certify completion, but the each state uses the transcripts of the regionally-accredited institution and applies individual state requirements related to work experience to qualify students to sit for the rigorous CPA exam. Maranatha has had the Accounting major since 2009 and rejoices in the success of its graduates.
Regional accreditation is an essential prerequisite for Maranatha to be able to offer both the Teacher Certification and CPA options for its graduates.
To ensure a student enrolls in an institution accredited by a U.S.-recognized accrediting organization, check this list.
Accreditation is a multifaceted issue. If accreditation is an important factor in your college choice, you should carefully ask questions of independent sources regarding types and effectiveness of various accrediting organizations.