Disadvantages of accreditation: cost, because of the expenditures involved require students to pay around three times what a college like ours can charge; and rigidity, meaning excessive standardization and restrained creativity resulting from the issues presented below by Dr. C. Peter Wagner.
Dr. Wagner, after more than thirty years of teaching in a major evangelical theological seminary, declared in an interview, “One of my first goals in designing WLI was to free it of many of the built-in, burdensome restrictions of traditional academia as possible. As a result we are not fettered by required courses, resident students, resident faculty, theological party lines, denominational control, faculty tenure, library facilities, academic restrictions, institutional self-centeredness, financial endowments, academic accreditation or geographical limitations.”
In accord with Dr. Wagner’s assessment, yet welcoming the principle of accountability and the value of peer evaluation and cooperation, rather than follow the path of traditional accreditation, Perelandra College is in the process of partnering with the Academic Council for Educational Accountability. This organization provides accountability for adult Christian schools (ministry training schools, colleges, etc.) ACEA offers a creative alternative to accreditation and uses relationship-based peer input to provide accountability. For more info, please check http://www.acea-schools.org/partners.html.