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THE INSTITUTE AS A DEGREE ISSUING “INSTITUTION”
Regulations in the United States require only a business license and the payment of taxes, and do not require a business issuing degrees to possess accreditation prior to the conduct of operations. The reason being that the accreditation process takes a long time – usually years – and accrediting an operating organization is less failure prone. That does not mean the criteria for accredited organizations can be ignored, just that the startup costs and time of issuing degrees in the Philosophy of Natural Law (whether in the context of ‘theology’, philosophy, or law. The value of accreditation is that it gives access to student loans, and therefore a broader range of students, a broader range of classes, and a larger pool of professors. There are a great number of advantages to conducting business as a THEOLOGICAL rather than purely academic institution and we are still exploring that choice. This allows us to explicitly require physical, emotional and intellectual training for satisfaction of degree requirements. Furthermore, the positioning of Natural Law as a Religion has additional benefits. So again, we are working through it. Because it is not so much that you would use such a degree for career purposes (any more than any philosophy degree).
As such we WILL BE ISSUING DEGREES.
Anyway. More as thoughts evolve on this matter.