The definition of what it means to be a "Mennonite school" was a discussion point for the Mennonite Secondary Education Council (predecessor to Mennonite Schools Council) for several decades. Several initiatives attempted to respond to this question along the way. However, the only options for accreditation seemed to be a "big eight" accreditation or accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Neither adequately challenged the Anabaptist/Mennonite school to its own unique calling unless the school itself demanded inclusion of such content in the self-study and reporting processes.
The Mennonite Edition of Validating the Vision (MEVTV) was adapted from the Validating the Vision (VTV) protocol created by the National Catholic Education Association. VTV was edited to retain the overall structure and process of an excellent self-study and accreditation protocol but to reflect the unique Anabaptist values and beliefs desired in Mennonite schools.
Mennonite Edition of Validating the Vision may be used at the sole self-study protocol for MEA accreditation and for accreditation processes of the regional accrediting bodies. It may also serve as the guiding instrument for a more informal review of curriculum or other aspects of a school program.
The full Mennonite Prologue
included at the beginning of the MEVTV document is included here to provide additional background to Mennonite education as understood by Mennonite schools, and addresses Anabaptist/ Mennonite education distinctives, foundations and the goal of Anabaptist/Mennonite education.
The Board of Directors of Mennonite Education Agency approved the implementation of Mennonite Edition of Validating the Vision in March of 2003. Be sure to check out the list of schools
that have already achieved MEA Accreditation.
In 2010, Mennonite Schools Council decided to also adopt the use of indicators for faith-based schools
in conjunction with Mennonite Edition of Validating the Vision or as a separate accreditation tool.
Questions about Mennonite Edition of Validating the Vision, the faith indicators, and the MEA Accreditation process should be forwarded to info@MennoniteEducation.org
. Examination copies of the MEVTV protocol are available at the same address. Schools planning to use MEVTV as their self-study protocol must secure permission due to licensing agreements. MEA staff members are available to present MEVTV and to answer questions.
School administrators desiring to use MEVTV should contact MEA prior to initiating any aspect of the self-study and accreditation review process at 574.642.3164 or info@MennoniteEducation.org
. A brief outline of accreditation steps
may be reviewed on this site.