Bible College Distance Education, Unaccredited Bible College Degree???
Q: Are there any unaccredited bible colleges out there that are worth a flip??
A:If you go to http://www.columbiaseminary.org/ you will find a statement by Dr. John Bear, THE authority on distance education concerning Columbia Evangelical Seminary. Steve Levicoff, another excellent authority, although I don't always agree with him, has lists school in which you might be interested. If you are wanting an education in biblical studies, christian education, ministry, etc., for the purpose of pursuing a career in ministry (pastor, evangelist, para-church organization, etc.), then yes, there are some solid programs which are not regionally accredited. However, if you plan to pursue masters or doctoral level studies at a RA school, teach in a RA school, pursue state licensure of some kind (e.g., counseling, etc.), then by all means choose a RA school. Be sure you know how you wish to use the degree, do your research on the school(s) you are considering, and avoid the mills at all cost. I know the RA schools keep being mentioned on this newsgroup, but when it comes to Bible Colleges and Seminaries AABC and ATS accreditation are just as valid, if not even more so, than RA by itself. If a school has AABC or ATS accreditation RA accrediation isn't going to add much worth to the degree in the Christian Academic world.