Compliance with State Requirements
• The Crossing College meets Minnesota state requirements for religious exemption pursuant to Minnesota Statute 141.37 EXEMPTION; RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS as verified by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE). MOHE has determined that The Crossing College qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree Authorization Act for the following programs: Diploma in Biblical Studies and Associates Degree in Church Leadership and Ministry. The MOHE ensures that private institutions of postsecondary education are conducted lawfully. The Crossing College satisfies all of the applicable MOHE requirements.
• A college is accredited when it has been investigated and meets criteria by an accrediting agency. There are two different types of accreditation: Governmental and non-governmental. Governmental accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Non-governmental accrediting agencies may be federally recognized as legitimate organizations, but are not overseen by/under government mandates. Since not all accreditation is equal, accreditation alone does not determine whether or not a school is legitimate or credible. In addition, schools located outside of the U.S. may be accredited by standards that differ from those of U.S. agencies.
• The Crossing College is currently an Associate Member, pursuing full accreditation, through Transworld Accrediting Commission International (TACI). TACI is a is an international, non-governmental, educational accrediting body, federally recognized as a non-profit church educational organization. Their philosophy is to demonstrate accountability to the consuming public for education obtained in non-traditional evangelical educational institutions. This accountability is demonstrated by institutions that are accredited by TACI, having documented evidence of compliance with TACI standards of structure and governance, material resources, policies, faculty and curriculum. (Read more about TACI and the Six Standards on their website.)
• TACI has accredited more than 500 Theological Schools, Seminaries, Universities, Colleges and Programs all over the world. We are excited to join this group of educational institutions dedicated to teaching the body of Christ within the local Church.
• We have decided to pursue this type of accreditation for two main reasons.
• First, it is our desire to have local pastors and church leaders teaching our courses. While these pastors and leaders are gifted and offer a rich background and current, practical leadership experience, some of them do not have Master's Degrees (as required by governmental accrediting agencies).
• Second, we desire to keep our tuition costs affordable, allowing more students to access our program and helping our students eliminate school debt, which enables them to walk out their God-given callings to reach the world more quickly.
• Accreditation by a governmental agency would make it difficult for us to meet these goals. Instead, we have chosen to accreditation through TACI, and continue choose to demonstrate our credibility through compliance of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and through the evidence of leadership and ministry of those who have attended.
• It is important to note that FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Federal student tuition reimbursementt/refunds via 1098-T forms for taxes are governmental programs. Thus, since we are not governmentally accredited, we cannot participate in these programs. We believe that this is the direction God has called our program, and trust Him to call and provide for every student mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially.