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    me again is offline Registered User
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    ATS v. RA?

    Can someone please explain the value and distinction of the following two accreditation bodies:

    Association of Theological Schools (ATS) vs. Regional Accreditation (RA)

    There are some theological schools who only have ATS accreditation, such as the Augustine Institute (which is a private Roman Catholic graduate school that offers an M.A. in Theology).

    From a secular viewpoint, the role and function of RA is clear. However, why would a graduate theology school seek ATS accreditation, but not RA? That is somewhat perplexing.

    All opinions are welcome.
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    SteveFoerster is offline Resident Gadfly
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    If a school only offers theological programs, then ATS accreditation validates its legitimacy and allows it to participate in the federal financial aid system. If that's the case, what reason would it have to go through the additional expense and inconvenience of regional accreditation?
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    Ted Heiks is offline Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member
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    The Association of Theological Seminaries in the United States and Canada (ATS) is the most prestigious option for religious accreditation followed by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), formerly known as the American Association of Bible Colleges, and lastly, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
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