1. Mission, Goals and Objectives
The institution has a clearly defined mission that is appropriate to higher education as well as its own specific educational role. The mission statement serves as the foundation for institutional operations, programs, and activities. Statements of the goals and program objectives specify how the institution will fulfill its mission.
2. Assessment and Planning
The institution demonstrates that it is accomplishing and can continue to accomplish its mission, goals and program objectives and improve performance through a regular and comprehensive system of assessment and planning.
3. Institutional Integrity
The institution demonstrates integrity in all of its practices and relationships, with strict adherence to ethical standards and its own stated policies. The institution is a model of Christian ethical behavior, both internally and externally.
4. Authority and Governance
The institution is legally constituted as a nonprofit organization authorized by government to operate as an educational institution and grant degrees and/or credentials. The institution has a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to exercise appropriate oversight over institutional integrity, policies, resource development, and ongoing operations.
The institution has a core of administrators who bring together its various resources and allocates them to accomplish institutional goals by implementing institutional policies and structures in collaboration with appropriate constituencies.
6. Institutional Resources
The institution has the human, financial, physical and technological resources needed to achieve its mission and has implemented policies and procedures to manage these resources effectively.
7. Enrollment Management
The institution has developed and implemented an enrollment management plan that is consistent with its mission and addresses issues of recruitment, admissions, financial aid and retention.
8. Student Services
The institution provides services that contribute to the holistic development and care of students.
9. Faculty Resources
The institution maintains a faculty committed to its mission and qualified academically and spiritually to communicate content of their discipline within a biblical worldview. The institution fosters an academic climate that stimulates the exchange of ideas, encourages professional development and the well-being of faculty.
10. Learning Resources
The institution ensures the availability of learning resources of appropriate form, range, depth and currency to support the curricular offerings and meet student needs.
11. Academic Programs
The institution’s academic programs are appropriate to the achievement of its mission and to the level of educational programs offered, with some programs leading specifically to full-time vocational ministry but all programs enabling students to develop an integrated biblical worldview.
12. Assessment of Student Learning
As indicated in Standard 2, the institution has an overall plan to assess its effectiveness in achieving its mission. Central to this plan is the systematic and specific assessment of student learning and development through a strategy that measures the student’s knowledge, skills and competencies against institutional and programmatic goals.