Welcome to the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools. This website provides information about the Association and the work of its Commission on Accreditation.
The Association’s mission is to assure the maintenance of high standards in Christian education. It upholds a traditional Anglican viewpoint that is predominantly theologically conservative, and that is actualized through educational programs that meet suitable moral, theological and intellectual objectives.
About the Association
The Association was established in 2016 as a ministry of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, a church in the Anglican tradition founded in 1925 and recognized by the Statutes of the State of New York since 1932, and is governed by a Constitution issued by the Primate and Presiding Bishop. From its earliest years, the Apostolic Episcopal Church has laid strong emphasis on the role of the Church in education, both through sponsoring its own educational institutions and through the practical involvement of a number of its clergy as educators. The Apostolic Episcopal Church has since 1977 been a part of the Catholicate of the West, which today constitutes an ecumenical federation of churches and religious orders from the Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic traditions. In turn, this is administered by the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi.
The Association is international in scope and is a non-profit body. It serves both those educational institutions established by the Apostolic Episcopal Church and those in the wider Christian community, with an emphasis on those institutions that define themselves as broadly Anglican in ethos, whether or not they are affiliated to the Anglican Communion. The Association does not discriminate based on denominational affiliation, and is also open to institutions that are non-denominational in their approach.
In addition, the Association offers a teacher certification program for Christian teachers.
The Association is administered by clergy deputed from Metropolitan Synod of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and draws upon additional expertise where necessary.
The Statement of Faith of the Association is that of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, which may be read here. This Statement of Faith encompasses inter alia the traditional Creeds, the Sacraments, the Canon of St Vincent of Lérins and the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral.
The Commission on Accreditation
The Association’s Commission on Accreditation is designed to promote a culture of quality within accredited institutions and to ensure that their standards conform to recognized criteria, aiding international comparability and mobility for their graduates. Accreditation is based upon the supported self-evaluation of institutions, primarily at the postsecondary level, although there is also scope for the accreditation of high schools.
As an independent body, the Commission on Accreditation is influenced by a range of international standards and norms on educational quality rather than being the preserve of any single national system. It works with institutions to encourage the development, maintenance and review of robust internal quality systems as well as the external overview that is an integral part of accreditation.
Institutions that wish to become members of the Association, either without seeking accreditation, or as a preliminary step to an application for accreditation, may do so subject to satisfactory review and (except in certain cases) payment of an annual membership fee. The Association aspires to provide a voice for its members as well as facilitating co-operation, mutual understanding and recognition between institutions.