The B.H. Carroll Theological Institute earned initial accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools.

At its summer meeting in Pittsburgh, the ATS board of commissioners voted to grant the Carroll Institute initial accreditation, following the institute’s completion of the self-study process and an evaluative visit.

The board of commissioners granted the Carroll Institute the maximum length allowed for initial accreditation, seven years, effective June 2.

“Faculty, administration and staff are to be commended for their investment in Carroll Institute’s mission in seeking to provide quality education,” the board wrote in its accreditation approval letter. “Their investment and passion are evident throughout the Carroll Institute community and clearly articulated by students and alumni.”

‘A historic milestone’

ATS accreditation “marks a historic milestone in the implementation of Carroll Institute’s mission and model,” said Gene Wilkes, president of the institute. “It affirms the vision placed by God on the hearts of the founding senior fellows and pioneering faculty and staff.”

Launched in 2004, the institute’s founders envisioned a hybrid delivery system that would combine video classrooms, online instruction and teaching churches where experienced pastor-teachers would mentor ministers in training.

Traditionally, the ATS commission on accrediting insisted not more than one-third of a master of divinity degree could be completed through online instruction. However, the commission began granting exceptions to the residency requirement in 2013.

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Source: Baptist Standard