Trinity International University Ambassadors (T.I.U.A), the institution responsible for issuing four degrees in a space of four months to Ghanaian gospel singer based in the US, Sonnie Badu, has denied affiliations with the U.S Department of Education.
The leader and founder of the Rock Hill church, has been a subject of criticism following his Doctorate Degree issues that has become a subject matter on social media.
The school which reportedly issued the degrees to Sonnie Badu also came under harsh criticisms after it was exposed by a Twitter user.
The Twitter user dug into its accreditation and found that they had none in the United States which sparked outrage from the Gospel singer bashing critics in several social media posts and videos.
Responding to the allegations, Trinity International University Ambassadors (T.I.U.A) said in a press release that ‘there is no mandate by federal law for a school, college, or university to be accredited, to be recognized’ and that ‘accreditation is a standard but not a rule.’
It denied issuing four degrees to Sonnie Badu in four months, saying “TIUA did not issue any earned degrees to a student in a four-month period.”
The full press statement posted by Sonnie Badu on Instagram reads:
“Trinity I.U.A is an accredited member of the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Education Institutions, and National Association of Private Theological Institutions (NAPTI). TIUA are members of the National Bible College Association (NBCA), The Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA), and Academic Council for Educational Accountability (ACEA).
TIUA has elected Biblical Accrediting Agencies because of our desire to remain free from the control of Federal, State, or private agency controlled by the same, that will not allow complete Religious Freedom in our curriculum and student body. TIUA desires to remain separate and thereby maintain our religious prerogatives and freedom to compose courses and design degree programs that are in accordance with our Biblical convictions and beliefs.
In the United States, the U.S Department of Education states that accreditation itself is a voluntary process. There is no mandate by federal law for a school, college, or university to be accredited, to be recognized. It is a standard but not the rule. Each accreditor has their own unique standards and, thus there is no national consistency in institutional accreditation. Accreditation in the United States is awarded by non-US governmental agencies. Institutions of higher education are permitted to operate with considerable independence and autonomy. Consequently, American educational institutions can vary widely in the character and quality of their programs.
TIUA makes no claims, implied or otherwise, that our educational programs, courses or curricular are the same as offered by secular state colleges and university. TIUA is not affiliated with the U.S Department of Education. Credits and Degrees earned at TIUA are for those in Christian service.
Therefore, any degree that has been earned by our students (including Sonnie Badu), are in alignment with the State of Georgia religious exemption authority to receive degrees from associate to doctoral degrees. Our institution prides itself in the quality of education tailored for each of our students i.e. including their extensive body of work in ministry. Therefore, no student cannot obtain any major degrees including a PhD in four months. TIUA did not issue any earned degrees to a student in a four-month period. Every earned degree acquired, must be obtained through hard work and with the time prescribed by the university.”