Fully Accredited Member (2008): International Federation of Vedic Colleges & Schools*
(Vedic Colleges Religious Accreditation Body)
Institutions are professional Accreditation Organizations,
and voluntarily are not recognized by the D.O.E. of the
US Government. As a Religious College, we choose to not
be governed by Governmental accreditation, and prefer Accredation
through a Private Organization of equal merit..
| *These Institutions are professional or religious Accreditation Organizations, and voluntarily are not recognized by the Department of Education. of the US Government. The US Department of Education does not, and has never had a responsibility to recognize college or university degrees.
Accrediting agencies may voluntarily seek recognition from the Secretary of the Dept. of Education only if the schools and institutions the agency accredits need the Secretary's recognition in order to participate in some federal program, such as the federal student financial aid programs.
As a Religious College, Florida Vedic College does not accept Federal Student loans, or Federal Grants, we choose to not be governed by Governmental accreditation, and prefer Accreditation through Private & Religious Accrediting Organizations of equal merit.
THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF ACCREDITATION
Over the years the word accreditation, as used by those involved in higher education has acquired various interpretations, but basically it indicates that some outside body of educators have examined a school and found it to be doctrinally, academically, and financially reliable, and has certified that it meets their ethical standards. The purpose is to simply assure the public that the school is a reputable establishment. The school or college generally submits to a self evaluation and a peer review process. This preferably is done by a religious accrediting body as opposed to a secular accrediting body. The secular accrediting body generally has ties to US department of Education financial assistance programs for grants and student loans and this often represents a corruption of the educational system with additional Governmental educational requirements and oversights.
There is no such requirement as Federal or State accreditation of a religious institution, because the civil government has no authority to regulate religious teachings or which certificates or religious degrees upon completion of such education may be issued. This is a matter of separation of Church and State. Politicians and civil authorities in the USA can only pass laws that require the protection of the consumer from unscrupulous institutions and make sure that the nomenclature of a degree is religious. They are not allowed to officially endorse or disapprove directly or indirectly the beliefs and practices of religious institutions or their schools. Therefore, to be accredited by any agency, which in turn is controlled by the U.S. Department of Education, would to some degree be a compromise of the separation principle and constitute a violation of the Religious institutions sovereignty.