About ABHE

About ABHE

The Association for Biblical Higher Education in Canada and the United States (ABHE):

  • comprises a network of more than 200 institutions of biblical higher education;
  • enrolls more than 50,000 students;
  • offers undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities via traditional residential, extension, and distance education modalities;
  • encompasses campus locations in 8 time zones stretching from the Canadian Maritimes to Hawaii, from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

Scattered across North America, our member colleges feature diverse histories, ethnicity, and doctrinal/denominational affiliations, indicative of the rich and extraordinary breadth and diversity of higher educational institutions for which Canada and the United States are envied around the world. Our common commitments, however, mark us more deeply and distinctively than our diversity. We are committed to education that is legitimately postsecondary and academically rigorous, challenging students to develop critical thinking skills and leading them in the formation of a biblically grounded Christian worldview. By many significant measures of postsecondary institutional effectiveness—retention and graduation rates; student loan default rates; learning outcomes; success in post-baccalaureate education, and others—our colleges excel the accomplishments many, if not most, of their higher educational peers.

Relatively few graduates of ABHE institutions are well known in marketplace, civic, and political leadership but the imprint of their character and charitable endeavors across the globe excels that of many other higher education sectors. Tens of thousands of ABHE member college alumni serve God as vocational and lay Christian leaders on every continent and in every walk of life. Many serve in church occupations, but many more serve in secular occupations—particularly in the so-called helping professions—with a sense of Christian vocation.


ABHE offers three categories of membership: Commission on Accreditation Membership; Associate Membership; Affiliate Membership.

Commission on Accreditation Membership is extended to institutions upon whom ABHE’s Commission on Accreditation has acted to confer Accredited or Candidate (preaccredited) Status. COA Applicant status is a non-member classification granted to qualifying institutions that, having met the Commission’s Conditions of Eligibility, are actively pursuing accreditation.

 Associate Membership is extended to:

  • Accredited members of the Association of Christian Schools International based upon a reciprocal partnership that includes ABHE’s official review and co-endorsement of ACSI accreditation standards. Associates include ACSI-accredited EE-12 schools and institutions offering ACSI-approved Christian postsecondary teacher education programs.
  • Christian postsecondary institutions accredited by a recognized US Department of Education (USDE)-recognized or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)-recognized accrediting agency that elect to formally associate with ABHE.
  • Christian postsecondary institutions that are members of Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) which elect ABHE Associate Membership.

Affiliate Membership may be extended to:

  • Credible institutions of biblical higher education that do not hold accreditation by a USDE- or CHEA-recognized accrediting agency. Affiliate members must affirm ABHE’s Tenets of Faith, be licensed (or exempted) by the appropriate state or provincial higher education authority, conform to disclosure restrictions relative to non-recognized accreditation, and be vouched for by an accredited ABHE Commission on Accreditation Member institution.

Individuals not currently employed or otherwise formally connected with an ABHE member institution may elect to affiliate with ABHE as an expression of their solidarity with and support of ABHE’s mission and goals and as a means of professional development and association.


The mission of the Association for Biblical Higher Education is to enhance the quality and credibility of postsecondary educational institutions that distinctively engage students in biblical, transformational, experiential, and missional higher education.

Core Values

  • Spiritual Engagement – We will fulfill our mission as a spiritual enterprise, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, united in Christ, faithful in biblical truth and prayer.
  • Uncompromising Integrity – We will be honest and transparent in all personal and organizational relationships through word, attitude and action.
  • Stakeholder Value – We will persistently deliver added value for stakeholders through services, resources, communications, and partnerships.
  • Professional Excellence – We will pursue and promote the highest quality in our educational standards, organizational processes, services, events, communications and relationships.
  • Innovation Bias – We will consistently honor initiative and foster creativity.
  • Team Synergy – We will partner with colleagues in high mutual respect, reflexive cooperation, personal industry, and collective effectiveness.