Welch College is both regionally and nationally accredited and is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) by virtue of either of these. It is approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education to offer degrees leading to teacher education licensure in grades PreK-12.
The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (Telephone number 404-679-4501), to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. This is the regional accrediting agency in the southeast.
Note: The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Of longest standing, the college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Suite 130, Orlando, Florida 32822 (Telephone number 407-207-0808), approved by CHEA to accredit baccalaureate degree-granting Bible colleges in the United States and Canada.
The college is approved:
by the Tennessee State Department of Education for teacher education. Graduates of the teacher education programs and those with approved majors and degrees may be recommended for professional license to teach in the public schools of Tennessee.
by the State of Tennessee for its students from Tennessee to participate in grants and loans provided by Tennessee.
by the United States Department of Education for the training of veterans and their orphans, for foreign students and Civil Service employees, and for its students to participate in the various loan and grants programs sponsored or otherwise subsidized by the Federal Government.
Welch College also maintains membership in a number of organizations, including the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, the Tennessee College Association, the Association of Christian Schools International, the Council for Independent Colleges, and the Evangelical Training Association. (See the Welch College Catalog, for a more complete list.)
Accreditation & Transferability of Credit
Welch College’s regional accreditation with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and national accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education signal both high academic standards and quality as well as national and international recognition of Welch College coursework and degrees. Students who transfer to other colleges and universities will not encounter difficulties in acceptance of Welch College coursework and transcripts because of the college’s accreditation.