February 2019 

Progress in the process: update on redeveloping the ATS standards and procedures
The Board of Commissioners has approved two preliminary documents prepared by the Task Force on the Redevelopment of the ATS Standards and Procedures. Read a full update on the redevelopment, as well as the Preamble to Redeveloped Standards and Key Principles for Good Graduate Theological Education, and offer your input.

ATS launches initiative to build capacity for cultural competence
How is your school preparing students to more effectively serve in racially and ethnically diverse communities? By tackling particular challenges with tailored strategies, 20 schools are developing new ways of educating for ministry in a multicultural world.
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Seeking the common good--what we can learn from other professional disciplines
Conversations among educators from law, medicine, business, social work, and the humanities reveal common challenges and transferable strategies. Read more.

African American school leaders plan future programming
At their annual gathering, 24 presidents and deans focused on collaborative planning and partnering, clarifying their mission/vision, and attention to cultural rootedness.
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Culturally competent counseling for Latino/Hispanic clients: lessons learned from an ATS Innovation Grant
A new concentration within Southwest Seminary's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program addresses a growing need in the school's Texas context. Read more.
Nine schools announce new senior leaders
During the first two months of 2019, nine ATS member schools have announced the appointment of ten individuals as new chief executive officers or chief academic officers. Congratulations to these new senior leaders! Read more.  
Attendees appreciate "collaborative nature" of development officers' conference
More than 80 participants shared their successes,  missteps, and challenges. Read more. 
Science for Seminaries Retreat--apply now!
Join the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to discover how forefront science can enrich theological education. Apply for full sponsorship.


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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.