Higher education accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which an academic institution is evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. In many African countries this is done by governmental agencies and often not recognized by institutions outside that country. African Christian College is fully recognised by the Swaziland Higher Education Council, a division of the Swaziland Ministry of Education and Training.
Our Bachelor of Theology programme is currently recognized as a Candidate with the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), an independent and continent-wide council recognized globally for its high standards. This is a final step before being fully accredited by ACTEA. More information and updates are below.
Latest Updates on Accreditation
African Christian College applied for registration with the newly formed Swaziland Higher Education Council in 2016 and received its full recognition and status from the council after they completed their site review and evaluation report in October 2017. SHEC is the authorised division overseeing higher learning institutions of the Swaziland Ministry of Education and Training.
After submitting our application for accreditation in 2014, African Christian College earned candidacy status with ACTEA that remains in good standing for four years. The faculty and staff of the college are working diligently to complete and submit a Self-Evaluation Report to ACTEA to complete the accreditation process.
Our accreditation committee was formulated to begin the process. This final step led to our official application for accreditation. The next step includes an in-depth self-study process for evaluating and adjusting anything within the college that needs to be adjusted to meet the high standards of ACTEA and global recognition for our Bachelor of Theology programme.
We received our official letter and certificate from ACTEA finalizing our Affiliate status in accreditation. The administration and faculty are working on next steps toward application of candidacy and full accreditation.
ACC administration received word from ACTEA to expect to receive an official letter granting affiliate accreditation status. The official letter should arrive before the end of 2011.
Having achieved affiliate status allows us to pursue full accreditation by applying for candidacy. Our administration and board are making plans for compliance and beginning work on our application to be submitted as soon as possible. The application review process could take several more years (but we’re doing our part to earn accreditation quickly).
A representative from ACTEA made a four-day visit to our campus in September 2011. Among other things in his follow-up report he said,
I am also grateful to God for your ministry at ACC. It was with great pleasure that I visited ACC and will be pleased to visit you any time my presence is needed.”
The report also included some areas where we need to grow and change to come into compliance with accreditation standards.