Florida Religious Exempt Schools

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by NorthStar, May 19, 2023.

  1. NorthStar

    NorthStar New Member

    Does anyone know if Florida keeps a list of authorized schools to which it has given religious exemption from accreditation? Is it publicly searchable? Could you please post a link?

    Google searching hasn't turned up anything useful (perhaps I'm not using the correct search terms).

    Any knowledge would be helpful.
  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I found a likely page on the Florida Dept of Education site - but it's BLOCKED - to me. By THEIR network administrator! The blocking thingy, filtering with GEO-IP, showed them my IP and that it originated in Canada. I guess that's the reason. What paranoids!

    You may have better luck. Here is the site that blocked me:

  3. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    The page says it's supposed to show institutions, but I see nothing. Maybe it's because I'm on mobile? Or maybe they didn't bother.
  4. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

    I don't see a list of exempt schools. It is probably maintained on an internal database. This site simply lists requirements from exemption along with a annual filing requirement.

    "For FL-SARA purposes, institutions that fall under s. 1005.06(1)(f), F.S., must submit the Memorandum of Understanding (PDF) annually with the FL-SARA application. The MOU is a direct contract with the Postsecondary Reciprocal Distance Education Coordinating Council which serves as additional oversight for institutions enrolling out-of-state distance education students. "
  5. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

    Here are requirements:

    "Section 1005.06(1)(f), F.S. reads:

    A religious college may operate without governmental oversight if the college annually verifies by sworn affidavit to the commission that:

    The name of the institution includes a religious modifier or the name of a religious patriarch, saint, person, or symbol of the church.

    The institution offers only educational programs that prepare students for religious vocations as ministers, professionals, or laypersons in the categories of ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work.

    The titles of degrees issued by the institution cannot be confused with secular degree titles. For this purpose, each degree title must include a religious modifier that immediately precedes, or is included within, any of the following degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Education. The religious modifier must be placed on the title line of the degree, on the transcript, and whenever the title of the degree appears in official school documents or publications.

    The duration of all degree programs offered by the institution is consistent with the standards of the commission.
    The institution's consumer practices are consistent with those required by s. 1005.04.

    The commission may provide such a religious institution a letter stating that the institution has met the requirements of state law and is not subject to governmental oversight."
  6. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    It's not just an internal database. It's supposed to show schools. Way down at the bottom of the page is this text:

  7. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    Is this still for your minister?
  8. Garp

    Garp Well-Known Member

    Ah. Apparently the link is missing.

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