Global Christian College Credit Consortium (GC4)
An Alternative Path to Accreditation for Ministries, Churches and Bible Institutes

— GC4 Members and Awards —

What is GC4?
GC4 functions as an alternative quality assurance provider to Christian educational institutions. GC4 does this as an educational center under Qualifi, which is a UK Awarding Organization regulated by Ofqual. Members of GC4 can provide their courses and programs as unregulated qualifications under UK accreditation for $100/year per student.
How to Apply
Organizations interested in applying can read the GC4 Quality Standards Agreement. To apply organizations should complete a GC4 Partner Application. There is no cost to apply.
 
The Need for GC4
Andrew Sears, who is leading the GC4 initiative, outlined the need for alternative global credit mechanisms in articles he wrote for the Clayton Christensen Institute (see part 1 and part 2). He also developed a presentation (adjacent or on Slideshare) on how GC4 would fit into developing a global Christian education ecosystem. You can also find more of the basis in his free MOOC course on Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education.
GC4 is a Work Area of the
Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance
GC4 is a work area of the Christian Higher Education Innovation Alliance, which is a collaboration of leaders from Christian organization with a vision for the future of Christian higher education. The goal of the group is to spread diffusion of innovation within CHE with a particular focus on the potential of disruptive innovations. 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Christian Ministry
  • Level 4 Diploma in Christian Ministry
  • Level 5 Diploma in Christian Ministry
  • Level 6 Diploma in Christian Ministry
  • Level 3 Certificate in Transformational Entrepreneurship

— GC4 Accredited University Degree Paths 

Bachelor's Degree Path

Associate's Degree Path

Actual acceptance of credits is determined by each institution. City Vision University has already agreed to accept GC4 credits and provide a 50% tuition discount to GC4 students (discount already figured in totals above).

— Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the financial obligations of GC4 partners? 
GC4 partners do not have to pay any fees to GC4. All fees to GC4 are paid by students. GC4 partners only need to ensure that they meet the Quality Standards Agreement.

Does GC4 currently offer awards for vocational domains unrelated to religion or ministry?
For right now GC4 only offers awards related to religion or ministry, but our partners like Saylor Academy and Qualifi offer their own awards in other domains like business.

Is GC4 considered accredited? Is this accreditation recognised in USA and internationally?
GC4 is accredited under UK vocational accreditation (similar to EQF).  That means it can be accepted by universities, but it is up to each school on whether to accept the credit. Most countries that are a part of the Commonwealth of Nations or the EU are likely to have similar systems of vocational qualifications, which may aid in transferability especially to vocational training centers providing higher level awards and universities providing top-up year programs like City Vision. We can offer no guarantee that credits will transfer to any institution other than City Vision University. 
 
Why did you decide to have GC4 under Qualifi, a UK Awarding Organization regulated by Ofqual?
Andrew Sears, who is leading the GC4 initiative, outlined the need for alternative global credit mechanisms in articles he wrote for the Clayton Christensen Institute (see part 1 and part 2) and his Global Christian Educational Ecosystem presentation. Ofqual provided the best combination of flexibility needed by ministries globally, high quality standards and global acceptance. The USA does not have these same flexibilities although a similar system has been proposed by the Lumina Foundation, and most other countries do not have the international recognition as UK award.
  • Level 3 Certificate in Christian Ministry
  • Level 4 Certificate in Christian Ministry
  • Level 4 Certificate in Biblical Studies (for Online SBS)
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