DEGREE GRANTING AUTHORITY/ACCREDITATION


Florida University of Science and Theology is authorized by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education, to operate as a private, non-secular university and to grant Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate Degrees in the field of Theology, Divinity, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Our postsecondary educational institution is thereby permitted to award its degrees in the following declared categories: “ministry, counseling, theology, education, administration, music, fine arts, media communications, or social work”.


The degrees awarded by Florida University of Science and Theology are under the authority of the State of Florida Florida, Commission for Independent Education, according to Florida Statute Section 1005.06(1)(f) and in full compliance with all legal and policy requirements of the State of Florida, USA.

Actual and valid letter issued by the Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education, to us as a religious university, stating that we met the requirements of the law of The State of Florida.


Florida’s Department of Education has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions.

In keeping with the Florida Department of Education's goal of producing a seamless educational system, some of these functions include consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities.

Inquiries concerning the status of Florida University of Science and Theology may be addressed to the Florida Department of Education, Commission for Independent Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, (850) 245-3200.


https://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/


UNESCO STANDARD

The degrees awarded by Florida University of Science and Theology  are UNESCO classified:

  https://uis.unesco.org/en/topic/international-standard-classification-education-isced


ACCREDITATION


We are not accredited by any of the accrediting agencies listed by the U.S. Federal Department of Education.

Listed here:
https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html?src=more

We do not strive for this kind of U.S. Federal Department of Education accredidation either, as we believe that the laws of The State of Florida and the accreditation/validation through accredited universities allow us much greater independence and real freedom in teaching.

 

It also gives us complete autonomy, within the framework described above,

to exercises independent control over our day-to-day operations and curriculum and

to have our subject-specific study content instead validated by recognized institutions, without too much government interference.

Florida University of Science and Theology does not sponsor visas and it does not accept any government aid.

We consider ourselves therefore as an autonomous university.

Below you find further information on how we ensure academic quality:

University of Saint John of the Cross

Our academic standards are set in partnership with Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (University of St John of the Cross or USJDLC) and are monitored on an ongoing basis and subject to international and US standards and audits.

 

This partnership also enables us to develop Spanish language programs that are a valuable addition to our offering specifically for our Hispanic and Latino Floridians.

The Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (University of Saint John of the Cross or USJDLC) is a fully accredited private university in Costa Rica.

The University has been continuously accredited by the Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada (CONESUP) of the Ministry of Education, Costa Rica, since 20 May 1996.

 


HONORARY DEGREES:

Based on the authorization from the Florida Department of Education (Commission for Independent Education) we award also HONORARY DEGREES according to Chapter 6E-1.0041, Florida Administrative Code: 6E-1.0041 Honorary Degrees.


(1) Among nonpublic postsecondary institutions operating in Florida, only those which operate under Section 1005.06(1)(b), (c), (e), or (f), F.S., or which are licensed by the Commission as a college or university, may award honorary degrees.
(2) No honorary degree given by a nonpublic college subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission may have substantially the same name as any earned degree given by any institution in Florida authorized to grant degrees.
(3) Each honorary degree shall prominently bear on its face the words, “honorary degree” or “honoris causa.”
Specific Authority 1005.22(1)(e) FS. Law Implemented 1005.02(7), 1005.21(1) FS. History–New 10-13-83, Formerly 6E-1.041, Amended 11-27- 88, 10-19-93, 1-7-03.
This citation may not reflect the most recent version of “The State of Florida Administrative Code”.
Please verify the status of the code here:

 

http://www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/rules-laws.stml

Honorary degrees are awarded to people, nominated by the FUSTH Board of trustees, who merit special recognition for their outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consistent with the values and commitments of the Florida University of Science and Theology.

Criteria for awarding an HONORIS CAUSA degree:

I.

Exceptional contribution to religion, peace, education and culture

II.

Free Services to the educationally underprivileged

III.

Work in areas of special educational concern to our university

IV.

Academic and scholarly distinction

V.

Public Services inside the USA or in an allied country

VI.

Services to the Arts and Sciences

VII.

Services to the Florida University of Science and Theology

VIII.

Exceptionally innovative and responsible Interfaith dialogue and positive interaction between people of different religious tradition

“In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to

those who show their good qualities in action.”
Aristotle