In 1985, over thirty Christian schools initiated a pilot program of accreditation developed by the Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship. Two years were spent in the project with twelve schools being accredited in 1987, which resulted in the formation of the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) under the auspices of the ORUEF.
In 1990 ICAA filed for status as a separate, non-profit corporation and was granted IRS status as a 501 (c) tax-exempt non-profit corporation that same year. Direction and ownership of ICAA rests with the accredited schools of the association which have empowered a Board of Directors to oversee the official operations of the accrediting association.
Standards for accreditation have had continued review and refinement with input from members of the association.
The purpose of the International Christian Accrediting Association is to assist Christian educational institutions in the improvement of education within its Christian distinctives by establishing an organizational witness to their credibility of performance, integrity, and quality.
All schools accredited by ICAA share these distinctives:
- to identify themselves as educational institutions led by the Holy Spirit to glorify God and His Son, Jesus Christ, in all programs and activities.
- to accept the Statement of Faith adopted by the Association.
- to agree to promote and adhere to the Standards and Procedures of the Association.
- to identify with the charismatic/pentecostal movement of the Christian faith.
- to maintain membership in ORU Educational Fellowship.
The International Christian Accrediting Association operates as a nonprofit organization legally chartered in the state of Oklahoma, and formed to comply with the Internal Revenue Service code, 501(c)(3), as a tax-exempt non-profit organization.