Statement of Accreditation Status

Lancaster Bible College

  • CEO: Dr. Tommy Kiedis, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mrs. Tricia Wilson
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs » Four-year, small, primarily residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1982
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Contact Information

901 Eden Road
Lancaster, PA 17601-5036

(717) 569-7071

www.lbc.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Memphis Center for Urban and Theological Studies, 2181 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To approve the teach-out plan for the closure of the additional location at Memphis Center for Urban and Theological Studies, 2181 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104. To note that the institution will conduct and complete its own teach-out and that teach-out agreements are not required. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • April 18, 2018
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2022, the institution provide further evidence that the institution's planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and include (a) institutional objectives, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, assessed appropriately, linked to mission and goal achievement, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, and are used for planning and resource allocation; (b) planning and improvement processes that provide for constituent participation across the institution; and (c) strategies to measure and assess the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources across the institution required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 16, 2017
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update, the institution provide further evidence that the institution's planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and include (a) institutional objectives, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, assessed appropriately, linked to mission and goal achievement, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, and are used for planning and resource allocation; (b) planning and improvement processes that provide for constituent participation across the institution; and (c) strategies to measure and assess the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources across the institution required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • October 10, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval to operate from Tennessee Higher Education Commission and to include the additional location at LBC@MCUTS, 2181 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38104 within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution's accreditation the relocation of the LBC@MCUTS additional location from 1548 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 to 2181 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38104, effective upon receipt of all necessary approvals. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 10, 2016
    To note the correct address for the Center for Urban Theological Studies, Philadelphia additional location is 2001 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135. The location at 1300 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140 served as an administrative office.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 111, Springfield, VA 22151, and to approve the teach-out plan. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • September 4, 2015
    To request a supplemental information report, due October 16, 2015, addressing the recent audit findings by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
  • July 31, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the State of Tennessee Higher Education Commission and to include contractual agreement with Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies (MCUTS) and the additional location at 1548 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38104, within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • June 26, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and affirm inclusion of the additional locations at (1) LBC iLead Center: Capital Region, 7852 Walker Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770; (2) Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary at 6511 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, MD, 20706; and (3) 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 111, Springfield, VA, 22151 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • April 28, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the contractual agreement with Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies (MCUTS) and the additional location at 1548 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38104, within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of Tennessee state approval. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • April 29, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from 6511 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, MD 20706 to LBC iLead Center: Capital Region, 7852 Walker Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770 and to provisionally include the new location within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • January 31, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and to provisionally include the additional locations at (1) Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary at 6511 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, MD, 20706 and (2) 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 111, Springfield, VA, 22151, within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires written notification of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at these additional locations do not commence within one calendar year of the approval of this action, approval will lapse.
  • January 2, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To provisionally include the additional location assumed to provide a teach out of students from Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary at 6511 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, MD, 20706 and at 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 111, Springfield, VA, 22151, within the scope of the institution's accreditation, pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations and effective upon receipt of state approval. The Commission requires written notification of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at these additional locations do not commence within one calendar year of the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional location at 1300 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19140, within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 1300 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19140, provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual agreement with the Center for Urban Theological Studies, 1300 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19140 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Lancaster Bible College - Philadelphia
    2001 Lehigh Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19135
    Opened: 07/02/2012
  • Additional Location
    LBC Capitol Region
    7852 Walker Drive
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
    Opened: 04/29/2013
  • Other Instructional Site
    Spanish River
    2400 Yamato Road
    Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Other Instructional Site
    Summit International School of Ministry
    74 Harrison School Rd.
    Grantville, PA 17028

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