October 2018 

United in love and humanity
ATS stands in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters and particularly with the Tree of Life congregations and the entire Squirrel Hill community of Pittsburgh. We are heartbroken over the senseless and tragic shooting on Saturday morning and mourn both the loss of life and the assault on a sacred house of worship and place of peace. In faith and hope, we pray for increased tolerance and kindness among all of God's people.
We're listening: an update on redeveloping the A TS Commission Standard s and Procedures
The Redevelopment Task Force is well into the process of gathering constituent input and is actively seeking more. Read all about it.

Five things we've learned about assessing personal and spiritual formation
A survey of more than 130 schools reveals who's taking charge of formation, where it is happening, and 28 different tools being used to assess it. Read more.

Fulfilling the ATS mission through expanded vision: an interview with Lester  Ruiz about the Global Engagement initiative
Learn more about the thinking that led ATS to commit to this initiative, how it is expected to unfold, and how the membership can expect to benefit from it.

Preview of 2018-2019 enrollment
With 190, or two-thirds, of member schools reporting so far, ATS CFO Chris Meinzer shares some patterns that have emerged, including both upticks and declines. Read more. 
2018 ATS Annual Report  
is now online
Celebrating the ATS Centennial theme of Legacy and Innovation, the 2018
Annual Report features new data, current trends, and activities of the Association and the Commission over the course of the past academic year as they serve a membership of more than 270 schools. Read it now. 

Research and data webpage is up and running
In a brief interview, ATS Director of Research Debbie Gin explains what's new on the website, why it matters, and how schools can make the most of these resources. Read more.

ATS welcomes Marissa Dechant to the staff
As executive assistant to Frank Yamada, she is responsible for coordination of meetings for the ATS Board of Directors and other groups convened by the executive office, including the ATS/COA Biennial Meeting. Her portfolio also includes general administrative support and strategic communications on behalf of the executive director. Before coming to ATS, Dechant worked as a staff writer for The Derrick and The News-Herald in Oil City, Pennsylvania. A native of Franklin, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Clarion University with a communications major and a concentration in journalism. 


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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.