February 2018 

Navigating the complexity of federal student loans: tips for advising students
In a recent ATS webinar, student loan expert Heather Jarvis highlighted the increasing complexity of the United States Federal Loan program and the many options that students must evaluate in order to make the wisest decisions about educational debt. Read a summary or watch the full webinar.

African American presidents and deans gather for 16th annual meeting
A group of seasoned and new executives strategized about how to ensure a legacy for the next generation of theological educators. Read more.

Educational Models peer group offers wisdom on degree duration and the reduced-credit MDiv
The MDiv has been called both "the gold standard" and "ambitiously comprehensive." Can a single three-year degree program provide both excellent professional preparation for ministry in virtually any context and sufficient academic rigor to qualify for academic doctoral programs? Is the MDiv a foundational or a terminal qualification for ministry? Is adequate formation related to degree duration? In a report summarizing 18 months of work as a group of peers, representatives from six schools examine duration and the reduced-credit MDiv.
Read the full report.

Four points to consider for international partnerships
International partnership is a growing edge for ATS schools, but is it the right innovation for your school? Findings from a recent survey of schools engaged globally provide guidance if you are considering moving in this direction. Read more.  
American Theological Library Association seeks participants for Research in Ministry user survey
The Research in Ministry (RIM) database contains abstracts of projects and theses from more than 100 Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Missiology, and Doctor of Educational Ministry programs accredited by ATS. As ATLA prepares to migrate the RIM database to a new platform, they are asking users to provide feedback. Please take the survey BEFORE March 30, 2018, and encourage colleagues and students to do the same. Questions? Contact Christine Fruin at ATLA.


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