Accreditation is a process by which an institution evaluates its educational activities and seeks an independent judgment to confirm that it achieves its mission and goals and is generally equal in quality to comparable institutions.
"This is a significant and critical threshold for the Institute," says IWS President James R. Hart, DWS. "It represents an independent organization's affirmation of the quality of an IWS education, and its integrity in carrying out its mission and goals."
Well-known theologian Robert Webber founded the Institute in 1999 with the purpose of training leaders in the biblical, theological and historical foundations of Christian worship. The Institute began its accreditation process in 2005. Full accreditation was granted by ABHE on February 17.
"Achieving this step was a high priority for Robert Webber," said Hart of the Institute's late founder. "From the beginning days of IWS it was his dream for this school to be accredited. ABHE has provided a supportive and focused accreditation process that helps IWS maximize its educational impact."
The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies offers the Doctor of Worship Studies and the Masters of Worship Studies degree programs, using a unique mix of in-class instruction on its Florida campus near Jacksonville and distance learning. More than 400 students from over 40 denominations in the U.S., Canada and eleven other countries have matriculated at IWS since its founding in 1999.
ABHE is an agency comprised of approximately 200 postsecondary institutions throughout North America specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. It is an officially recognized national accrediting association by the U.S. Department of Education and is an officially recognized faith-based accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABHE is also part of a global network that relates to regional or continental higher educational agencies through the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education.
For more information, contact Dr. James Hart at 1.800.282.2977 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.iws.edu.
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The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies is the only school in North America dedicated to graduate education in worship. Its mission is to form leaders in worship renewal with the perspective that “the way to the future runs through the past.” Church leaders from over 40 denominations take academically grounded, highly applicable classes toward the Master of Worship Studies and the Doctor of Worship Studies degrees. All courses are prepared with the convictions that worship must be rooted in the Biblical narrative, drawing on the rich treasures of Christian history, and committed to glorifying God in the postmodern context. IWS combines distance education with on-campus classes focused on building an intentional learning community. The result is an applicable and stimulating graduate education.