ACCS received authorization to operate as a Bible College/Seminary since 1990 from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE). While ACCS or The New Aspen Christian College & Seminary (TNACCS) has never been regionally or nationally accreditation it is a desire and part of our five year projection plan.
It should be noted that accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of review and evaluation. The accreditation process requires an educational institution or program to meet certain defined standards or criteria as set forth by the accrediting body. These standards change from State to State and from region to region. These standards also change with time. In fact, thankfully and partly because of our country's heritage and Constitution (re: "freedom of choice") there are no two Universities that have the same structure, philosophies, teaching modalities or evaluation criteria. This can act to allow or permit a certain degree of freedom. Our programs are not designed to meet any specific local, state, territorial, regional, or national licensing or credentialing laws. Further, being non-traditional in nature, our programs are not designed to meet a particular requirement established by any private association or "traditional" licensing or other accrediting organization. Without a doubt, many of our students/graduates are among the highest caliber, most intelligent, talented and most effective individuals you will find anywhere.
They and their TNACCS degrees are equal to their counterparts from traditional schools.
Will my degree be accepted?
Although our graduates do quite well in the job market and are accepted by numerous other schools, TNACCS makes no promises, representations nor guarantees of employment or acceptability of transfer credits to any public or private educational institution. If you are seeking a TNACCS degree for specific licensing, employment or additional educational purposes, we advise you to first check with the association, governmental agency, employer, or specific educational institution to determine the acceptability.
A degree is never worth more than the person who has the degree. Many students have graduated from schools and paid thousands of dollars to obtain an education. Yet, after the student graduated they still had very little knowledge of God's word and had grown very little in their ministry skills. While they had an accredited degree to hang on the wall, they went on to do very little in ministry because they did not have the skills and abilities that churches and schools look for when hiring someone. Skill and ability come only from credible teaching and training.
We encourage all of our students to pray about every area of their life to include TNACCS staff, faculty and students as we main our focus on honoring Christ and being His servants. Here at Aspen an institution of higher education was we strive to please God in academics and ministry training. We also encourage you to fill out the free academic evaluation form and send it back to us as soon as possible so that you may begin today to prepare for the greater ministry that God has for you! TNACCS is here to train women and men to be effective servants of Christ in their church and ministries. Few pastors are promoted to bigger churches simply because of the name of their institution. Churches want ministers who demonstrate that they truly have a degree and education by what they are and how they perform their tasks. A degree from TNACCS will give you the credible degree that you need. Most importantly, you will engage in studies that will sharpen your God-given talents thereby allowing you to do great things for God. Your church and peers will accept your degree if they accept you. The degree does not make the person. The person makes the degree.