BTS is a charter member of the Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries (ARTS). Although ARTS is an accrediting agency, it has not yet obtained recognition from the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ARTS Board of Directors is currently contemplating applying for CHEA recognition. As a religious institution offering graduate degrees, BTS is exempt from Alabama licensure laws. Distance Education students should be aware of the following information related to the issue of accreditation. In response to the proliferation of “diploma mills” around the nation, some states have tightened their laws regarding which out-of-state institutions can offer classes and degrees to their residents. The tendency in those states is to exclude all institutions which do not have an accreditation recognized by CHEA or the U.S. Department of Education. While BTS believes that the classes and degree programs it offers are of very high quality, prospective students should be aware of this issue. If you live in a state which has restrictions on out-of-state institutions of higher education, you should confirm that those restrictions do not affect your ability to earn a degree through BTS before enrolling in any program.