May 2022
Surveys shed light on pandemic-related challenges churches must face
For the first time in more than 15 years, theological schools have experienced an uptick in enrollment, indicating newly minted ministers will need a place to serve. However, the pandemic—coupled with trends over the past two decades—shows that might be difficult. Read more. Listen to more.
Phillips Theological Seminary finds quick success with new multimedia studio
The creation of a new multimedia studio at Phillips Theological Seminary is already helping the standalone institution provide high quality video and audio productions for its faculty while also supporting the school’s advancement, denominational, and community partners. Read more. Listen to more.
Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program offers benefits to seminaries and students
Last summer, Jo Ann Deasy, ATS director of institutional initiatives and student research, presented research from ATS concerning students entering seminary in the fall 2021. It provided insight into several challenges facing both students and seminaries. As I listened to her presentation, it became clear that all theological schools should be aware of the tremendous value the Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program (CCP) brings to both seminaries and their students. Read more. Listen to more.
ATS Annual Report Forms and ATS Standards relate in several ways
What does it matter that the new ATS Standards of Accreditation reduced ten degree categories to six? What are the implications for how schools collect and use data? The redeveloped Standards were approved by the membership in June 2020, and data collection under this new set began that fall. Degree categories aren’t the only changes, however, that affected data collection in the ATS Annual Report Form (ARF) process; they are just the tip of the ARF-Standards iceberg. Read more. Listen to more.
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June 21-23

GSQ Webinar: What We are Learning from Our 2022 Graduates
August 18
(details coming soon)
We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting events in June!
In addition to the onsite conference in Pittsburgh, ATS member school CEOs (or a designated voter from the school) may participate in the online business sessions of the Association and the Commission via Zoom on June 14. CEOs, please register or designate a voter by June 1.

The Biennial Meeting Onsite Conference—June 21 through June 23, in Pittsburgh—will feature keynote speaker Paul LeBlanc, panelists from Theological Education between the Times, and an awards banquet. We are excited to gather the ATS membership for the first time since 2018 under the theme A Better Future Together.
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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.