February 2020  

New data to consider on duration of
DMin degree

The challenge in this membership-driven process is that everyone's opinion is important. Still, when opinions differ and data exist, the task force has tried to "go with the data." Read more. 
Fall 2019 enrollment shows stability and shifting   
The data collection and analysis process for fall 2019 is nearly complete. The ATS Strategic Information Reports and the Institutional Peer Profile Reports should be emailed to chief executive officers by early March.
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New training to be used by ATS accreditation visitors 
As the work on the redevelopment of the ATS Commission Standards and Procedures continues to move forward toward the membership vote at the ATS/COA Biennial Meeting in Vancouver, the ATS Board of Commissioners and Commission staff are developing strategies to support schools through the transition to new Standards and Policies. Read more. 
¡Entiéndeme! Committee shares takeaways from first Spanish language ATS accreditation visit    
In the fall of 2018, the dean of the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico inquired about the possibility of conducting a completely bilingual comprehensive visit where all the oral components of the visit would be in Spanish and all the written texts would be in English. Read more.
ATS African American leaders gather for annual meeting  
Nearly 20 African American presidents and deans from ATS member schools convened at Howard University School of Divinity for their annual meeting on February 10-11--a timely event for Black History Month.
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ATS development officers discuss ensuring sustainability in an age of uncertainty
The annual ATS Development Officers' Conference was held in Jacksonville, Florida, February 18-19, and included those serving in institutional advancement, alumni/ae relations, planned giving, annual fund giving, donor relations, marketing, and communications. Read more.
ATS Student Questionnaires to be revised for fall 2020   
The new questionnaires will be mobile friendly, include expanded options for custom questions, and be updated to reflect changes in students and ATS schools over the last decade. And, the Entering and Graduating Student Questionnaires will now be offered for FREE to all member schools! Samples of the revised questionnaires as well as more information about custom questions can be found on the ATS website
Denominational researchers develop free Community Profile Builder
The Community Profile Builder was developed by researchers for the Church of the Nazarene, and it assists church and community leaders in accessing free online information about their communities. Read more. 
FTE leaders publish new book on leadership
Written by leaders of the Forum for Theological Exploration, Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose centers on four practices known through the acronym C.A.R.E.: Create hospitable space. Ask self-awakening questions. Reflect theologically together. Enact the next most faithful step.
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~ 2020 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting ~   
Book your hotel and travel now for this year's biennial meeting, which will focus on the redevelopment of the ATS Commission Standards and Procedures. A preconference for chief academic officers will also be held. Registration for both events opens in March. Learn 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.