What is Accreditation?
In order to ensure a basic level of quality, the practice of accreditation arose in the United States as a means of conducting non-governmental peer evaluation of educational institutions and programs. The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit educational institutions or programs. The United States has no Federal Ministry of Education or other centralized authority exercising single national control over post-secondary educational institutions in the country. In general, institutions of higher education are permitted to operate with considerable independence and autonomy. American educational institutions can vary widely in the character and quality of their programs. The reputation of a university truly depends on the content of curriculum material, reputation and the quality of its graduates.
Accreditation is optional for all colleges and universities. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by institutions of higher learning meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria, conduct peer evaluations, and assess whether or not the criteria are met. Institutions and programs that request an agency’s evaluation and meet that agency’s criteria are “accredited” by that association.
Private educational associations have adopted criteria and procedures for evaluating institutions to determine whether or not they are operating at basic levels of quality. This has created a level of stability and similarity between all schools. For the most part, this only includes secular colleges and religious schools centered around Christian and Biblical teachings.
Because Metaphysical Sciences is considered a “new emerging field of study” by federal and educational agencies, UMS does not qualify for traditional accreditation that universities like private and state universities, community colleges, and other secular institutions qualify for. The traditional accrediting agencies, of which there are nine, have made it known to UMS that they do not have any other colleges like this one to compare UMS to, therefore they cannot do an evaluation of us by “comparing us to our peers.” Perhaps at a later date in time they will be able to evaluate us.
The AADP and AAMA were established to meet this need on the part of those who practice and teach metaphysics. It consists of many practitioners and schools. The University of Metaphysical Sciences has met all criteria of the AADP and the AAMA. Upon evaluation, UMS was granted accreditation by both agencies.
The AADP and the AAMA are the most prominent and related organizations at this time in the United States for accrediting a metaphysical institution. These are the only agencies in existence at this time that are “a grouping of our peers.” UMS is accredited by the AADP, American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the AAMA, American Alternative Medical Association. Please feel free to visit their sites and check our school listing with them.