Compliance with State Requirements
Maranatha Bible College is an Affiliate School of Calvary Chapel Bible College. CCBC meets California state requirements for religious exemption pursuant to California Education Code Section 94739 (b) (6), as verified by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (CCBC’s School Code is 3602671). When the Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Reform Act was repealed, CCBC filed a formal agreement of voluntary compliance with the previous legislation. CCBC also will voluntarily comply with State wishes for institutions to abide by the Code of Professional Standards for Private Postsecondary Schools and the Student Bill of Rights.
A school is accredited when it has been investigated and found worthy of approval by an accrediting agency. Accreditation alone (or the lack of it) does not determine whether or not a school is legitimate or credible, since not all accreditation is equal. Some accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, but others are not. Also, some schools are based outside of the U.S. and are accredited by standards which differ from those of the recognized agencies in the U.S.. Prospective students should be aware of these important distinctions.
Neither MBC or CCBC is accredited, however many opportunities are available for students who are called to pursue education beyond MBC or CCBC. Although we are not accredited by a government-recognized accrediting agency, many accredited colleges have accepted a number of CCBC courses in transfer; and their Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (B.A.B.S.) degree has been accepted by some of the finest seminaries in the nation. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, please contact us.
Why is MBC and CCBC not currently pursuing accreditation? First, we wish to continue having local pastors teach Bible classes. Some of these pastors—although called by God, gifted, and experienced in teaching—do not have Masters Degrees. Second, we want to keep the cost of tuition affordable so that more students have the opportunity to study and remain free from school debt. Accreditation by a recognized agency would mean that we would have to abandon these priorities. Instead, we have chosen to remain unaccredited and seek to demonstrate the credibility of MBC and CCBC through compliance with generally accepted accreditation standards, articulation agreements with accredited colleges, and especially through the spiritually fruitful lives of the students who have attended. We are inspired by Paul’s words to the Corinthians, “Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, epistles of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you? You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” (2 Corinthians 3:1-2)