Authority to Award Certificates
Northwind Institute’s certificate programs are offered under an Exemption for Religious Institutions by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools. The Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools ("OBPVS") was created by statute July 1, 1970. The purpose of the agency is to license, regulate, and set standards for the operation of private schools that conduct occupational training.
State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools
3700 N. Classen Blvd., Ste. 250
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 528-3370
Authority to Award Degrees
Northwind Theological Seminary’s degree programs are offered under an Exemption for Religious Institutions by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. The Commission for Independent Education, an agency of the Florida Department of Education, has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. Additional information regarding Northwind Theological Seminary may be obtained by contacting:
The Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: (888) 224-6684.
Northwind Theological Seminary is a degree-granting Member of the Council of Private Colleges of America, Inc. (CPCA). The CPCA represents its private, faith-based, post-secondary educational institution members before any individual, private or government educational organization. The CPCA educational standards are patterned after our early historical educational institutions of higher learning for the following: faculty, academic curriculum, course development, campus and/or distance learning operations, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, application forms, financial information, and student records and transcripts The CPCA educational standards equal or exceed the minimum standards of the State of Florida and other State Departments of Education.
Northwind Theological Seminary is a Charter Member of the CPCA Certification Commission and has completed the Certification process, which included a self-study and site-visit, of the Council of Private Colleges of America - Certification Commission resulting in:
Northwind Theological Seminary has been granted
Advanced Certification 2022-2032
Council of Private Colleges of America, Inc.
41 N. 20th Street, A -17
Haines City, Florida 33844-4638
Northwind Theological Seminary is a degree-granting Member of the Florida Council of Private Colleges, Inc. (FCPC). The FCPC represents its private, faith-based, post-secondary educational institution members before any individual, private or government educational organization. The FCPC educational standards are patterned after our early historical educational institutions of higher learning for the following: faculty, academic curriculum, course development, campus and/or distance learning operations, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, application forms, financial information, and student records and transcripts.
Florida Council of Private Colleges
41 N. 20th Street, A -17
Haines City, Florida 33844-4638
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. ABHE is a recognized Accreditation Commission by the US Department of Education
Northwind Theological Seminary met with ABHE Staff in January of 2021 to explore the process of submitting an application for Applicant status. Following that meeting, NTS staff attend three ABHE Conferences and schedules a Preliminary Staff Visit with Dr. Wood, Associate Director, Commission on Accreditation for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Following the successful completion of that visit, NTS is now in Pre-Applicant status with a completed preliminary consultation and is eligible to apply to the ABHE by November 8, 2023.
ACCREDITATION PATHWAY & TIMETABLE
2021 Completed a Staff Visit at the ABHE Offices
Attended ABHE Conferences on the Accreditation Journey, Online Education, and Presidential Leadership
ABHE Staff Site Visit in November
2022 Attended Accreditation Standards Conference
Attend ABHE President's Leadership Conference
Attend Institutional Assessment Conference
2023 NTS Board will make a determination to submit an application to ABHE or request a second Staff Site Visit.
Association for Biblical Higher Education
5850 T G Lee Blvd, Suite 130
Orlando FL 32822
In July of 2020 Northwind joined the Digital Theological Library as a co-owner institution with a seat on the DTL Board.
NTS Master's Degree Students will receive 1 hour of consultation with a DTL Reference Librarian.
NTS Doctoral Students will receive 2 hours of consultation with a DTL Reference Librarian.
Additional consultations are available for a fee.
As of 10/5/19, the DTL licenses over 600,000 ebooks
over 275,000 from the last 25 years
over 160,000 from the last 10 years
over 63,000 from the last 5 years
o over 150 databases
o over 22,000 journal titles
o over 50,000,000 full-text, peer-reviewed, articles
o over 100,000 musical scores
Northwind is a member of ACCESS
ACCESS is a community of online Christian educators. We represent a diverse array of learning institutions and organizations, accessible education, and a commitment to making theological education distinctly Christian. Our commitment to online education to be more intentional about expanding our reach. One of our responsibilities as Christians is to be co-missioners with Christ in the mission of the church. We are also intentional about the formation of a community of learners. ACCESS is a unique organization that provides leadership in Christian distance education by collectively engaging a community of scholars, practitioners, and educators.
Northwind is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society
The Wesleyan Theological Society is a growing group of scholars who have joined together for several reasons. The society seeks to encourage the exchange of ideas among Wesleyan-Holiness theologians; stimulates scholarship among younger theologians, pastors, and inquiring laity; and publishes a scholarly journal twice a year.
The Wesleyan Theological Society meets together for an academic conference each year, typically the first full weekend in March. This annual meeting is a well-attended forum intended to give members an opportunity to share Wesleyan scholarship with others. Sessions may be devoted to topics such as biblical studies, missions, philosophy, pastoral theology, psychology, cultural studies, and systematic theology, among other topics.
Northwind is a member of The Association of Christian Librarians
The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an influential, vibrant, growing community that integrates faith, ministry, and academic librarianship through the development of members, services, and scholarship. The members of ACL are a diverse group of Christian librarians who serve in universities, colleges, seminaries, public libraries, and schools across the globe.
Dr. Carl Savage, Dean of Degree Programs, is the NTS staff liaison to the ACL.