Holiday 2019 

Culture shift present in redeveloped standards
ATS Executive Director Frank Yamada explores a theme that the 19-member Redevelopment Task Force has noticed throughout this two-year process.
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New numbers reported for 2019-2020 enrollment  
In terms of enrollment changes by school, about 45% have shown enrollment increases and about 55% have shown enrollment declines. The median total headcount change is down about 2%. These expected results would continue a trend that has been in place for more than a decade. Read more. 
ECFFM celebrates growing impact on educational debt 
Nearly 200 people gathered in Pittsburgh to celebrate the impact of the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM) Initiative on the lives of theological schools and their students. Read more. 
ATS to offer free improved student
questionnaires to all member schools
ATS will release an updated version of the questionnaires, and it will make the Entering and Graduating Student Questionnaires free of charge for all ATS member schools. Read more.
ATS presidents network and share insights 
More than 50 presidents gathered in Orlando for the annual Seminar for New Presidents and the Presidential Leadership Intensive Conference. Read more. 
Former Luce Fellows gather to celebrate program's success
Sixty people gathered on Friday, November 22, in San Diego to celebrate the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology program, supported for a quarter of a century by the Henry Luce Foundation, and facilitated by The Association of Theological Schools. Read more. 
religious and denominational affiliation trends
in ATS schools
Over the past several years, the United States and Canada have experienced increases in both religiously and denominationally unaffiliated individuals, as well as
people from a variety of religious traditions other than
Christianity. Read more. 
ATS becomes supporting member of The Conversation US
Thanks to the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., ATS is now a supporting member of The Conversation US-an organization that works with academic researchers to produce and promote knowledge and evidence-based journalism to the public at large. Read more.  
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving to offer doctoral dissertation fellowship
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will offer a one year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $25,000 for the academic year 2020-2021. Read more. 
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab publishes article on training healthcare chaplains    
Launched at Brandeis University, the Lab is a think tank that supports research, teaching, and the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings. One of its current projects, Assessing and Reimagining Chaplaincy Education, investigates the pedagogical and theological foundations of chaplaincy education in healthcare. The project team recently published a journal article on its findings. Read more.  
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The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of graduate theological schools. ATS Programs and Services offers educational events and resources to assist member schools with best practices, development of peer networks, production of research, and exploration of data. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs.