NBBA Accreditation | for Religious Institution of Higher Learning
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping organizations evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough self-assessment to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the agency is worthy of accreditation. NBBA accreditation is unique in that it offers Religious College or University Institutions high standards in education, curriculum, and staff conduct.
How do I begin Accreditation of my Religious Institution College or University?
Religious Institutions of Higher Education must meet, commit to, and maintain the NBBA Standards of Accreditation in order to be eligible for and maintain NBBA Accreditation. The NBBA Standards of Accreditation represents high quality Religious Education Policies and Procedures pertaining to the facility, Faculty, Staff, Classroom, Students and Curriculum practices that enhance student trust and confidence. The NBBA Standards of Accreditation are built on the established regulation to conduct outstanding Education Standards in the main areas of: Philosophy and Mission, Governance and Leadership, Curriculum Standards, Student Support, Student Records, and Confidentiality, Personnel and Faculty, Policies and Classroom Procedures, Facilities, Environment, and Transportation.
In order to be eligible for Accreditation, a Religious Institution must complete an Accreditation Affidavit.
Upon receipt of a fully completed NBBA Affidavit for Accreditation that has been signed by an Officer, Director or Owner of the Religious Institution and must also be notarized, the NBBA staff:
Reviews the application, researches and verifies the business is active, verifies the information presented in the application, may request additional information, may request proof of specific information on the application.
After the review and verification process, the NBBA will then evaluate if the institution meets the NBBA’s Standards of Accreditation for Religious Education Institution Accreditation.
Once the NBBA has finished its evaluation of the religious institution, the application for NBBA Accreditation is either approved, denied, or sent for further evaluation which could include visiting the business location by one of our Certified Business Developers. Additional fees would apply, if applicable.
If the applicant is found in compliance with the NBBA Standards of Accreditation it will be presented to the NBBA Board of Directors for final approval. If the application is denied, NBBA will contact the business’s point of contact, indicating the NBBA Standard(s) that were not met and any recourse available to the applicant. At that moment if your business would like to appeal the motion you may submit your request and any documents proving why you believe the Board of Directors should reconsider their final verdict.
This is our process for Accreditation and if you are ready to pursue your Institution’s Accreditation today please download your Affidavit online and submit it through our website. https://www.thenbba.org/
Benefits of Accreditation
•Provides a professional benchmark for measuring policies and practices
• Assures the university administration, the community, and institutional peers of a high quality of education service
• Ensures procedures are documented and staff is given clear guidance
• Enhances the recruitment and retention of qualified staff
• Ensures that staff is trained and functions according to established policy and procedure
• Includes being nominated for the Annual NBBA Awards Ceremony
• Strengthens an institution’s defense against complaints and lawsuits
• Includes joining our Go Intern Job Website for your students online
• Provides periodic, professional assessors review of department operations, administration, and educational services when a complaint arises.
Documentation and Renewal
Providing proof of the above Standards will grant your Religious Institution Accreditation from the National Better Business Association for the current year and to renew your accreditation for the following year submit your affidavit and payment online to https://www.thenbba.org
Supporting Documentation will be a Religious Institution’s University/College Catalog with all the Religious Institution’s Mission, Policies, Procedures, Guidelines, and Curriculum for Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students.
A NBBA Assessor Representative will review and re-accredit your institution upon completion of review and verify if your Religious Institution is in compliance to our Guidelines. If we find your renewal to meet our Guidelines your Religious Institution will be granted accreditation for the next year.
Attn: Accreditation Dept
4100 Evans Avenue #15
Fort Myers, FL 33901
The NBBA Accreditation Standards | for Religious Institutions
All Religious Institution of Higher Education’s Guidelines are written out in the following pages and if your Administration would like to read over them before starting the Accreditation Process it will make the process much quicker and efficient by doing so.
1. Philosophy and Mission
1.1 The statement of faith and the philosophy, mission, vision, core values, and schoolwide expected student outcome statements of the school are established and are reviewed regularly and systematically in a collaborative manner.
1.2 The school communicates its philosophy, mission, vision, core values, and schoolwide expected student outcomes to its constituents and community.
1.3 The foundational documents are consistently applied as integrative, coordinating, and examining devices throughout all aspects of the programs, operations, and curriculum.
1.4 The executive leadership, faculty, and staff continually support the advancement of the philosophy, mission, and vision of the school.
1.5 From a distinctively Christian perspective, all staff demonstrate a commitment to the development of the whole student—spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.
2. Governance and Leadership
2.1 A governing body has been established, and its primary responsibilities include: developing general school governance policy; hiring the head of school; providing direction and strategic planning; ensuring the financial stability, effectiveness, and consistency between all campuses of the institution; defining the role of the governing body; defining the role of the head of school, and conducting systematic board self-evaluation.
2.2 The governance and executive leadership team of the school reflects a clear Christ-centered governance and executive leadership model. A policy is in place that requires a testimony and evidence of faith in Jesus Christ from all board members and executive leadership.
3. Curriculum Standards
3.1 The curriculum documents developed by the school provide a well-documented biblical basis for instruction of students in each course consistent with the goal of developing a biblical worldview in students.
3.2 There is a systematic process in place for the assessment of student learning and development that includes multiple assessment measures over time to accomplish the expected student outcomes.
4. Student Support, Student Records and Confidentiality
4.1 The school has a process to identify the unique learning needs of individual students and support is provided in order for them to meet the expected student outcomes.
4.2 Confidential records of students are complete, organized, current, accessible only to appropriate personnel, compliant with applicable legal requirements, and kept in a safe location.
5. Personnel / Faculty
5.1 Each staff member has a clear testimony of faith in Christ, has signed the school’s statement of faith, and endorses the school’s code of ethics/lifestyle statement.
5.2 Professional development for faculty, guidance personnel, informational resources staff, and other appropriate staff is ongoing and integral to the school and aligned with specific goals and instructional programs, and it includes training in the Christian school philosophy of education.
5.3 The number and preparation of instructional and support staff is sufficient for the scope of the school.
5.4 All personnel, including volunteers and substitute teachers, have the appropriate screening and background checks on file, and they are supervised by qualified staff. Orientation for new staff members is thorough and is conducted before any new staff have contact with the students.
5.5 Teachers and administrators work collaboratively with each other to positively affect school culture, encourage student learning, and promote organizational effectiveness.
6. Policies and Classroom Procedures
6.1 The school has a written classroom management philosophy and policies that are developmentally appropriate and biblically based, and they are implemented effectively and communicated to the school community.
6.2 Student guidance policies and procedures are in place and published for students, parents, and staff. The policies and procedures support staff in maintaining effective orderly classrooms.
6.3 Written policies and procedures are in place to allocate and protect instructional time and learning opportunities and support student learning and graduation requirements. The number of students per classroom is monitored for effective learning and student-teacher relationships.
6.4 The school instructs teachers and students in the ethical and moral use and evaluation of source materials, including verification, attribution and credit, appropriate referencing, and media literacy.
7. Facilities, Environment and Transportation
7.1 Required local, state, provincial, and federal legal standards for fire protection, sanitation, and transportation are met.
7.2 The school maintains the site, dorm rooms, facilities, services, and equipment to provide an environment that is safe, secure, and orderly.
7.3 The facilities are secure and suitable for the size of the school; the school environment is monitored and maintained to ensure it is conducive to the instruction and development of the student.
7.4 The program provides an ongoing maintenance plan that ensures the health and safety of the school and all its members including administrative, faculty, students, and visitors.