NAPTI is pleased to extend the benefits of Ecclesiastic Endorsement to all member schools and institutions. As an autocephalous accrediting agency, NAPTI has received recognition and endorsement from several denominational bodies, which affords universal acceptance and recognition amongst the various church and inter-church educational groups.
NAPTI currently holds valid and recognized endorsements through Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, and Pentecostal and Presbyterian bodies. Additionally, NAPTI also holds recognition and endorsement through many other independent, autonomous and autocephalous religious organizations.
While denominational and dogmatic theology, policies and practices vary, NAPTI ensures that standard religious and academic regulations are valued and accepted by all member institutions. All member institutes, especially those of higher education are required to accept the credits, diplomas and degrees awarded by member institutions, leaving only the required “denominational” course work to be completed by the student.
Standards will be qualitative, in contrast to quantitative. That is, approval will be determined more by the quality of achievement, than by the number of tools used in the process.
Educational and spiritual peers will make measurements of achievement (Professional Educators who are also members of the Family of Faith) – the kind of people whose approval a Christian School seeks. Although there is often no relevance in the judgments of one who is alien to a system, there is relevance in approval of one’s peers. Inasmuch as peers will make possible, on-site visits most closely related, both philosophically and geographically.
Each school, upon receiving their accreditation, may be asked to evaluate other schools by on-site evaluation.
NAPTI certification will be largely determined by a comparison between the school’s published claims and its actual achievements. For instance, if a school claims to produce one year of academic growth in each student, there should be documents on file to prove that result. “Does the school accomplish what it promises?” will be the polar star of the NAPTI inquiry.
NAPTI will, at the appropriate time, cooperate with other agencies whose affiliation would be beneficial to our common purpose.
ORGANIZATIONAL SCOPE AND PURPOSE
The National Association of Private Theological Institutions was established to recognize Educational Institutions that have achieved a level of excellence and expertise, and have established a credible reputation in the Educational community.
Each certified member school’s basic educational program must be consistent with academic success. Certification standards must be met on an annual basis.
NAPTI is a membership organization. All members are required to maintain their member status on an annual basis. Membership fees are as follows:
Application and 1st Year Membership: $400.00
Approved Membership: $300.00/yr.
Candidate Membership: $500.00/yr.
Certified Membership: $800.00/yr.
REQUIREMENTS FOR NAPTI ACCREDITATION
Each educational institution approved for certification must submit the following:
1) EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION STATEMENT
A one-page explanation of the school’s educational philosophy and mission statement. The school’s educational philosophy and mission statement must hold to the belief, instruction and practice of traditional Biblical values and basic educational skills. These are central in helping a student to learn respect for the qualities of life needed to attain true success and be a productive citizen.
2) INTERNAL ACCREDITING STUDY REVIEW
Upon certification, the school is required to submit an Internal Accrediting Study Questionnaire annually for certification. The school must also maintain an updated Accreditation Verification Binder, which was required at the time of accreditation for review at any time.
3) EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION STATEMENT
A full explanation of required topics, which give credibility to the school’s program.
4) CONFIRMATION OF CREDIBILITY
Confirmation of Credibility is to be provided by each school by sending required items of certification in a Verification Binder, which validates the school’s educational credentials and certification.
EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATION STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION STATUS
The statement of educational institution status gives the official name of the institution, its purpose, general services and certification of its desire to meet the traditional, basic state and national course guidelines for education in the United States.
The statement of business status gives the name of the institution, its business address, and where it is registered in the state.
ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF
The statement of administration and staff gives the educational qualifications and experience of the administrator and staff of the school or institution. All administrators and educational staff personnel must have been trained and hold some certificate from an educational training agency for their school to be considered for accreditation.
THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
The statement of the educational program gives general information concerning the school program and curriculum used by that school.
CONFIRMATION OF CREDIBILITY
The following items are to be submitted to confirm the credibility of the school or institution applying for accreditation:
- A copy of the school’s letterhead.
- A copy of the school’s registration documents if registered.
- A copy of all certificates and diplomas of persons who work with the institution.
- A copy of the institution’s catalog, brochure and enrollment information.
- A copy of the institutions educational program.
- A copy of the school’s educational policies and procedures.
- A copy of the school’s course requirements for graduation.
- A list of items to be found in the institution’s student cumulative folder.
- A copy of graduated student’s high school transcript.
- A copy of the High School Diploma issued by the school.
- Photographs of the educational and office facilities.
- Three letters of recommendation for certification.
- A list of basic curriculum used by the school.
NEW SCHOOL CERTIFICATION
The Certification Committee must approve schools for certified status. Only existing schools may be certified in the first year of the application process. New schools may apply for certification in their second year of operation. For those schools in their first year of operation, it is suggested that the school apply for Approved Member status in the National Association of Private Theological Institutions.
The certification of any member school is subject to review and may be revoked at any time for any violation of confirmation.
Unanimous consent is required by the Executive Board to change certification requirements. Rules or organizational changes may be made by a majority vote of the Executive Board.