Accreditation provides assurance that a university is committed to the continuous improvement of its academic programs. Each designation shows that the college meets national standards and is held accountable for achieving its educational goals.
Cornerstone University—including Grand Rapids Theological Seminary—is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC approved Cornerstone for accreditation on April 13, 1977.
Academic Program Accreditations
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) granted Cornerstone accreditation for its bachelor's and master's business programs in 2019. ACBSP recognizes quality business programs on a global level at the university and college level. Using the Baldridge National Quality Program, accreditation emphasizes key standards focused around themes such as strategic planning, stakeholder focus and a passion for continuous improvement.
Education programs in the traditional undergraduate and Professional & Graduate Studies divisions are accredited by the Michigan Department of Education through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Michigan Department of Education requires CAEP certification to ensure that certain standards and criteria be met by colleges and universities in order for their teacher education graduates to be state-certified.
Ministry and Theology
GRTS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). This membership organization consists of more than 250 graduate schools in the United States and Canada that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits institutions and approves degree programs offered by accredited schools.
The traditional undergraduate social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The sole accrediting agency for social work, CSWE aims to promote and strengthen the quality of social work education through preparation of competent social work professionals by providing national leadership and a forum for collective action.
Accreditation by CSWE is given to select schools nationwide who meet stringent criteria. Cornerstone is one of less than 700 colleges and universities who meet these criteria.