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what is the articulated church college?

Good question.

For us, a church college is first and foremost a faculty-school college. This means that it has at least 3 faculty members and 3 non-faculty board members, that the faculty run the school in their dual capacities as educators and administrators, that it is a registered 501(c)3 entity or doing business under the auspices of such an entity, and that it is following the rules of the Open Latch Educational Foundation (OLEF) for how it delivers its classes.


OLEF provides quality control concerning matters of general learning, online learning, assessment, record-keeping, compliance and complaints, and pricing. In fact, OLEF is the glue behind articulation, or the guarantee that classes under the same title will transfer to any faculty school accredited by OLEF. This allows for an easy movement between students and schools, which, in turn, helps the students travel, get a variety of experiences, make more contacts, and make more friends.

We think the local church is ideally situated to be the physical location for a faculty-school college. Not only does it have the classroom space, it provides venues for real-life service for the practicum requirements. Also, pastors running a school like this can shepherd promising young men and women who have grown up under their ministry into their program to eventually become the leaders of the local church in that particular area and demography.

Ravenburn can help this network come about by providing all our templates for transcripts, course policies, online course cartridges, and so forth. We can help aspiring schools learn and meet state compliance issues, and we can help them through the accreditation process with OLEF. Finally, we can provide the general-learning units online so that the pastors can focus on the program-specific curriculum.

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