The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will be called on to decide next month whether an organization called the Institute for Creation Research can offer an online graduate-degree curriculum for students hoping to become science teachers, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The institute’s Web site says it “equips believers with evidences of the Bible’s accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework.”
When officials from the coordinating board visited the institute in November, one of the officials said, they found that it offered a standard science curriculum. “What’s different — and what’s got everybody’s attention — is the name of the institution,” said the official.
The institute recently moved to Texas from California, where it was accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. But because Texas doesn’t recognize that association’s accreditation, the institute needs the coordinating board’s permission to offer degrees until it wins accreditation from an accrediting body that Texas recognizes. —Lawrence Biemiller