California Pacific School Of Theology has historically & traditionally ministered scholastically to Pastors, Evangelists, and Missionaries and Christian workers desiring to either complete their degree programs previously undertaken, or wishing to further & enhance their ministry equipping through the acquisition of advanced theological degrees.
Another category of students served, are those answering God's call on their lives as '2nd career' ministers of the Gospel. They bring to their studies and ministry goals a wealth of experiences gained primarily from the business world, but also from education and the professions, as well as from extensive lay ministry endeavors.
In these qualified circumstances, the importance of accreditation wanes. (This is not to demean or diminish the value that can be ascribed to quality accreditation programs, especially regarding some fields of study; some of these are referenced below).
The distinction however must be understood regarding the end use of the degree & training sought; is it for use as a minister within a church? Is an accreditation agency going to tell the church who is qualified? Will the evangelist not spread the gospel faithfully, except that an agency or commission has placed their stamp of approval on a school?
Many schools seek accreditation from an agency recognized by the US Office of Education because they desire the grants, student loans, etc., that recognition brings or makes available; of course strings are always attached.
At CPSOT, we have very purposefully made the decision that the least government involvement over our curriculum and programs is preferred. We strongly believe, as did our country's founders, that the freest exercise of religion is achieved when the State tends to its business and the Church' tends to its own.
Accreditation is a process by which an institution evaluates its educational activities, in whole or in part, and seeks an independent judgment to confirm that it achieves its mission and goals and is generally equal in quality to comparable institutions or specialized units.
Accreditation is a means of quality assurance in North American higher education and has been the work of non-governmental accrediting agencies. There are a number of accrediting bodies in the United States. Even those that have been endorsed by the U.S. Office of Education are not necessarily accepted by all other institutions.
Voluntary, non-governmental, institutional accreditation as generally practiced by most accrediting agencies and commissions, is a unique characteristic of American education. In many other countries the maintenance of educational standards is a governmental function. No institution in the United States is required to seek accreditation.
Regional Accreditation is a form of institutional accreditation that involves a comprehensive review of all institutional functions.
Accreditation is granted at the completion of a peer review process, and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
No institution in the United States is required to seek accreditation. Regional accreditation is granted to public and private, nonprofit and for-profit, two- and four-year institutions.
A second type of institutional accreditation focuses on institutions in special areas of study. For example: Theology, Art and Design, or Music.
A third type of accreditation is specialized or professional accreditation, which focuses on programs in a specific discipline within an institution, but does not evaluate the entire institution. Specialized accreditation exists in the fields of education, law, medicine, chiropractic, computer science, and more than 90 other disciplines.
California Pacific School of Theology (Cal Pac) is a religious non-profit corporation, registered by the State of California, as recorded, December 9, 1998.
Cal Pac is organized and operated within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and California Revenue and Tax Code section 23701d.
Cal Pac operates within the definition of the California Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act, under the Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education, administered by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs.
As registered and within the definitions referenced, Cal Pac is granted authority to issue degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, within the scope of training ministers, theologians, missionaries and witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cal Pac does not grant or offer any secular degrees, or any other degrees not specific to its religious purposes.
The purpose of the corporation (school) is to promote a deeper faith in Christ among believers and to promote missionary and evangelical enterprises through the teaching and training of workers and witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Cal Pac does not currently maintain association with or accreditation status with an agency or commission for accreditation purposes. (This status is under review at the present time)
Ultimately it is most desirable that potential students should be satisfied that the qualifications they will receive from an institution will be acceptable to the college or employer they have in mind.
It is an institution’s prerogative whether to accept transfer credits. Our own conviction is that the standard of our courses and the quality of our graduates (many of whom are actively engaged in Christian Ministry) are at least as important as any form of ‘accreditation.’