The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education has granted Perelandra College an exemption from the licensing requirement, pursuant to the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, Section 94874. For the text of this regulation, see our Q &A page.
What About Accreditation:
Accreditation of schools and colleges in the U.S. began in the 19th century “as a means of conducting nongovernmental, peer evaluation” to assure a certain level of academic quality and institutional integrity.
By 2002, when we founded Perelandra College and were faced with the choice to pursue accreditation, the community of accreditors had become an industry that supported itself by assessing whether applicants were financially sound, competent in record keeping, and marginally academically qualified.
Since then, accreditors approved by the CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) have assumed the role of gatekeepers of federal student aid, which in our view disables what was and should be primary mission of accreditation by rendering it counter-productive to institutional creativity or academic improvement.
Among the CHEA approved agencies are the regional accreditors, the national accreditors which generally serve certain types of institutions (such as distance education providers. arts colleges, Christian colleges) and programatic accreditors that focus on specific career fields (counseling, dentistry, architecture etc). Adding to the complexities is the fact that anyone can claim to be an accreditor, and many less than reputable organizations have done so.
To simplify, keep in mind that regional accreditation is considered the gold standard of accreditation and thereby gives the school nearly universal acceptance of its classes and degrees. National accreditation has in recent years become more and more acceptable for the same purposes.
Should you care to read more about CHEA approved accreditation, here is a good source.
Transfer to Nationally Accredited Programs:
We are dedicated to helping students achieve their own goals, which may include classes, programs, or credentials we don’t offer. For this reason, we welcome interaction with other schools, especially through transfer classes and partnerships such as those available through the Academic Council for Educational Accountability (ACEA).
One such partnership, with Vision International University, allows our students to transfer to:
Omega Graduate School, which offers the Master of Letters in Family Life Education or Organizational Leadership and the Doctorate in the Integration of Religion and Society. Omega Graduate School is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).