University of North Carolina Board of Governors Policy on
Religious Exempt Organizations and Licensure vs Accreditation
1. Degree program(s) of study offered by Amora Deliverance Theological Institution have been declared exempt from the requirements for licensure under the provisions of North Carolina General Statues (G.S.) 116-15(d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education….Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.
There is no requirement for secular accreditation for Christian colleges and seminaries, that do not issue secular degrees. Most such schools do not believe that it is right for Christians schools, offering only theological training to come under the secular accreditation system, as these agencies can regulate what you can and cannot teach. We do feel however, that it is vitally important that Christian accreditation be established, to insure the proper standards of academic excellence within Christian education.
Please read the follow excerpt from the University of Chapel Hill Board of Governor concerning Licensure vs. Accreditation:
Difference Between Licensure and Accreditation
The Board of Governors as agent of the State regulates nonpublic post-secondary degree activity in North Carolina through a licensing process. Licensure is required by law. Accreditation, on the other hand, is not a requirement of law: it is a status sought voluntarily by an institution from a group of peer institutions and is accomplished by a voluntary, nongovernmental body called an accrediting commission. For more information on Accreditation visit: http://www.sacs.org
State licensure fulfills a consumer protection function, protecting potential and enrolled students and employers, as well as the public in general. It substantiates minimum educational quality and is prerequisite to, among other things, receipt by institutions and their students of sizeable sums of public funds derived form the taxing power of the State. Accreditation commissions also provide consumer protection, but their primary purpose is to serve those institutions that called them into being.
State licensure precedes accreditation; and it is the first requirement an institution must meet to be eligible for accreditation and for various programs of the United State Office of Education and other federal student financial aid agencies.