WCBCS Applies for Accreditation with The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
February 3, 2016 - WCBCS submits the Self-Study Report Proposal to TRACS.
January 29, 2016 was a historic day for WCBCS as we submitted our application for accreditation to The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) via electronic submission. We are also printing out the notebook hard copy and mailing it later today, along with the $7,000 application fee. TRACS is recognized by both the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a national institutional accrediting agency for Christian postsecondary institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries.
We will post more information as we move forward. We believe this will not compromise our position on keep the tuition costs lower for our students, as there will be numerous scholarships available to everyone who would like to apply. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO ASK ABOUT OUR US ACCREDITATION. WE WILL POST SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY WHEN WE HAVE INFORMATION AND WILL SEND OUT A MASS EMAIL TO OUR STUDENT BODY. We expect this process to take anywhere from 2 to 5 years. Even after having made application we cannot guarantee we will receive it. We remain committed regardless to continue to improve the quality and content of our programs!
WCBCS Undergrad Students Can Apply For Admission To Schools Like Luther Rice Seminary
WCBCS undergraduate students can apply for admission into programs at other colleges. Several WCBCS students transferred to Luther Rice University and were accepted into their various programs. Again: Admission is not 100% guaranteed; students are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
If you specific school in mind, we suggest you contact the schools BEFORE enrolling to ask regarding their acceptance of any credits.
Tax-Exempt Status & Authorization To Operate
WCBCS has obtained Tax Exempt Status in South Africa. WCBCS is registered CIPRO, the Companies and Intellectual Properties Registration Office.
WCBCS Ministries is recognized and approved to be exempt by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America, as a 501 (c)(3) Religious Organization with all rights and privileges as provided by law.
WCBCS has received a letter of authorization to operate in the state of Texas and to offer degrees in religious studies. Additionally, WCBCS has obtained authorization from the Texas Workforce Commission to operate in the state of Texas. Also, on October 3, 2011, WCBCS obtained a letter of exemption from the Texas Workforce Commission as granted under Texas Education Code, Section 132.002(a)(2). See the letter here.
US ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
WCBCS is not currently accredited by a governmentally-recognized or private accrediting body in the US. Based upon the information we have received, it would be better for our students if we chose to not be accredited than to affiliate with a non-governmental accrediting agency. We chose governmental accreditation in South Africa because it is more affordable and we have been operating there for several years. Being a 100% online school means our students will potentially get a governmentally recognized degree and our mission is not compromised. We also are choosing to apply with TRACS because we feel they best understand who we are and what we do as a school.
We've been asked the question, "Does a degree from West Coast Bible College & Seminary have credibility?" In short, the answer is absolutely! In assessing the credibility of any institution, we suggest that you review the experience and education members of the organization. A ministry degree from WCBCS has been recognized by many churches and ministries and we are constantly seeing new ways to gain relationships. memberships, and affiliations which will only enhance our credibility.
Our professors possess degrees from:
*Gordon Conwell Seminary
*Houston Graduate School of Theology
*Luther Rice Seminary
*Oral Roberts University
*Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
*Southern Methodist University
*Southwestern Assemblies of God University
*Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
*Texas Tech University
*University of Phoenix
*University of Texas
FYI: A recent graduate of WCBCS phoned our office and told us how his DMin degree from WCBCS played a major role in him receiving a $9 million contract with a ministry foundation. Every person's experience may vary, but this speaks volumes about our credibility in the eyes of others.
If you have any questions, give us a call or ask your employer or denominational leaders to check us out. Our desire is to make sure that your education meets your life needs and goals!
COUNCIL ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHE)
UPDATE: January 26, 2016. WCBCS recently paid accreditation dues for CHE and President Harrison and Dr. Condly will be flying to South Africa in March 2016 to meet with leaders within the CHE. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO ASK ABOUT ACCREDITATION. WE WILL POST SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY WHEN WE HAVE INFORMATION AND WILL SEND OUT A MASS EMAIL TO OUR STUDENT BODY.
The programs of WCBCS have all been reviewed and approved by SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) and CHE (The Council on Higher Education). At this point, we are awaiting the final approval of the member assigned to our accreditation process.
In the past year we had an onsite visit from members of CHE. We have one item they asked us to improve and they last visited our offices in South Africa on December, 2015. As soon as we hear more information, we will update you by posting it online. Please do not call and ask with regard to the current status as you WILL be made aware immediately when a decision has been reached.
West Coast Bible College & Seminary has also applied for accreditation CHE (The Council on Higher Education). As soon as we know more we will update this information. (Accreditation is not guaranteed simply by making application and a final decision should be rendered soon. Please continue to check our website for an update regarding accreditation. )
HEALTH AND WELFARE SECTOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY ACCREDITATION (HWSETA)
UPDATE: April 1, 2016. President Harrison and Dr. Condly, along with the WC President in Africa, Dr. Fanie Mqira, met with members of the HWSETA regarding the status of the West Coast accreditation. We were told we were only missing one document regarding one of our team members in South Africa and that has since been turned in as requested. HWSETA provincial director, Richard Molefe, assured us that once this document was submitted that our accreditation with HWSETA would be granted. Our expectation is that we will have a final decision in April 2016.
ONCE AGAIN PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE TO ASK ABOUT ACCREDITATION. WE WILL POST SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY WHEN WE HAVE INFORMATION AND WILL SEND OUT A MASS EMAIL TO OUR STUDENT BODY.
The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) is one of twenty-three statutory bodies established within the legislative framework of the Skills Development Act, 1998. The HWSETA has been established to facilitate skills development in the health and social development sector to ensure that the skills needs are identified and addressed through a number of initiatives by the SETA and the sector.
WCBCS has been evaluated by HWSETA and is currently awaiting issuance of our certificate that will accredit our diplomas for ministerial training, as well as training in Human Resources. When we receive the final certificate of accreditation, we will post more information.
What can governmental accreditation from South Africa mean for you?
Accreditation is a formal recognition that the programs of a college meets certain standards and provides learners with good quality education from their selected program or school. Ultimately, we want our programs to be recognized as viable in the eyes of everyone as a way to honor God. Likewise, (especially for our African students) it means that when you are ready to seek employment, your credentials and qualifications will be recognized. Credits acquired from an accredited college are often transferable to another accredited institution, although they are never guaranteed.