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Special issue: The role of faculty in governance

Shared governance is one of the most popular topics that In Trust covers. We’ve addressed it not only in the magazine, but also at In Trust Blog and in webinars. Our Resource Consultants field cases on this topic monthly. But the role of faculty in shared governance remains mysterious to many.

Gettysburg and Philadelphia seminaries announce ‘new school of theology’




The Lutheran seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia have announced that their boards have adopted resolutions calling for “the creation of a new school of theology and leadership formation.”


 

Last week, Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran Philadelphia Seminary jointly announced that their boards had adopted resolutions calling for “the creation of a new school of theology and leadership formation.”

The two schools, both located in Pennsylvania and both seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), held simultaneous meetings of their boards to adopt the identical resolution. You can read more about the announcement here and here. We will keep you posted as the schools share more about this process. 


 


 

Last week, Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran Philadelphia Seminary jointly announced that their boards had adopted resolutions calling for “the creation of a new school of theology and leadership formation.”

The two schools, both located in Pennsylvania and both seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), held simultaneous meetings of their boards to adopt the identical resolution. You can read more about the announcement here and here. We will keep you posted as the schools share more about this process. 


 


 

Last week, Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran Philadelphia Seminary jointly announced that their boards had adopted resolutions calling for “the creation of a new school of theology and leadership formation.”

The two schools, both located in Pennsylvania and both seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), held simultaneous meetings of their boards to adopt the identical resolution. You can read more about the announcement here and here. We will keep you posted as the schools share more about this process. 


 

Student data, shared governance, and seminary finances: Upcoming webinars




The Association of Theological Schools and the In Trust Center are presenting or co-presenting three webinars in upcoming months that will be of interest to leaders of theological schools. The webinars cover student data, shared governance, and seminary finances and are designed to educate members of the board, faculty, and administration of theological schools on these essential topics.

In Trust Center Board of Directors -- New members elected

Voting-eligible member schools of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools have recently elected four new members to serve on the In Trust Center’s board of directors. Thirty five percent of eligible member schools voted, electing four new members. A short biography of each new member follows.

From our Resource Library: The Nonprofit Board Answer Book

 

 

Here at the In Trust Center, we talk boards and governance all day, every day. From fielding calls from member schools, to researching and writing articles on boards, board policy, and governance, and even in our work with our own board, we are constantly talking, thinking, reading, and writing about governance and policy.

Over the years, we have developed a library to assist us (and our member schools) in our work. We have many books on boards: board policy, shared governance, the roles of board members, etc. Of all of these, the book that we turn to most often for questions about these topics is a book from BoardSource: The Nonprofit Board Answer Book. Arranged by topic in a Q and A format, with an index at the back, it is easy to find the answers for which we're looking.

Online course design: A conversation with Roxanne Russell

 

Recently Amy Kardash (Director of Programs at the In Trust Center) chatted with Roxanne Russell (Director of Online Learning at Candler School of Theology) about the In Trust Center’s upcoming webinar, Online Course Design.

The following is a peek into their conversation about the upcoming webinar, especially focused on the question, "Why does this topic matter to board members and administrators?"

 

Key takeaways and resources on student debt and finances


 

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) recently convened a meeting of the participants in the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers project (ECFFM). ECFFM is aimed at addressing student debt in theological education. Greg Henson, president of Sioux Falls Seminary, shared a presentation at the event, which he has since published on his blog.

Though Henson's presentation doesn't include sound, I gained some great insights by simply reading the presentation as it progresses. Here are the two slides that struck me as especially important.

 

Online course design: Why it should matter to you

 

Online Course Design. It’s probably not something that most board members or administrators consider, and yet it is the topic of the In Trust Center’s next webinar.  

What does online course design have to do with the governance and leadership of theological schools? Amy Kardash, the In Trust Center’s director of programs, tells us more about this webinar and why it is relevant to the work of our readers.

Interviews and stories from leaders in theological education



Faith and Leadership, a resource from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity
, has published three great stories in the last several months featuring leaders in theological education. The articles offer insights into some of the innovative ways that theological educators are serving the church and changing the landscape of theological education.

The state of the industry, and how to use ATS data for decision making

 

 

 

In mid-September, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) shared a live webinar entitled 2015 State of the Industry. Daniel Aleshire (executive director of ATS) and Stephen Graham (senior director of programs and services) led a 45-minute presentation on enrollment, faculty, and finances at ATS member schools

ATS has posted the recording on their website, as well as the slides and text of the webinar and links to further resources.

Upcoming webinar from ATS: Theological Education 2015: State of the Industry

 

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) will present a free webinar entitled Theological Education 2015: State of the Industry. ATS Executive Director Dan Aleshire will “provide a broad overview of what the latest data are telling us about enrollment, financial issues, faculty, and more.”

Resources for your board: Books from BoardSource

We love to connect our members with information and resources that encourage good leadership and effective governance. So we keep our eyes open for helpful books and articles that contribute to that goal. Some of our favorite resources are published by BoardSource. Here's a rundown of some of the best.

#CharlestonSyllabus: A list of resources

 

Has your school considered how to engage students and other community members around the issues of race and racism?

The following are resources to help you do just that.

 

Resources for your board: Succession planning

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has published a great article on succession planning for boards, and it includes both an outline of the process and a list of downloadable resources.

What is succession planning? “Succession planning is a means for an organization to ensure its continued effective performance through leadership continuity.” 

The right fit: On finding the right VP for advancement


The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) recently published a blog post about how to find the right vice president for advancement for your school.

The post offers some great advice for institutions and search committees to consider as they look to fill this important position.

Summer 2015 issue of In Trust magazine


Last week the Summer 2015 issue of In Trust magazine landed in the mailboxes of people affiliated with the In Trust Center's member schools. Here are some highlights.

When she was good, she was very, very good...

…but when she was bad, she was horrid.

Apologies to Longfellow for appropriating his poem for the title of this post (“There was a little girl”), but his verse keeps coming to mind as I consider the topic of the misbehaving board member.

Our friends at the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) recently published a two-part series on “Annoying Boardroom Habits.” In Trust has covered this ground, too, in a pair of articles that share what to do “When Board Members Behave Badly.”

Board communication and collaboration: What are the options?


The practice of sharing materials among the players in shared governance -- that is, members of the board, the administration, and the faculty -- can be challenging. Because the materials cover complex, often confidential issues, the mechanism for sharing must be secure. It also must be straightforward, easy to use, and not too time consuming.

Board portal software can be a great solution to these challenges, but the cost is often prohibitively expensive, especially for small institutions such as theological schools. 

Summer issue preview: Do seminaries train pastors for the church?

The upcoming issue of In Trust, due to be mailed July 8, includes an article from Sioux Falls Seminary president Greg Henson about the Entering Student Questionnaire (ESQ) and Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ).

In the article, Henson provides an introduction to these two tools, which capture data provided to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) by more than 5,600 incoming students and 6,300 departing graduates. 

From the archive: "True North: Orientation is the key for keeping a board on the right course"

A few years ago, In Trust published an article about the importance of getting new board members set up for success through good orientation and thoughtful sharing of materials, information, and policies. You can read the article in its entirety here.

The following checklist is a helpful place to start for new members. And while you’re at it, you might want to ensure that current and seasoned members have this material too.

A prayer for Emanuel and the nine



African American presidents and deans in theological education have shared the following statement and prayer in response to last week's mass murder at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 


June 2015

As the African American presidents and deans of graduate theological education, we express our profound solidarity with the families and the faithful of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There are not words enough to convey the emotions we feel in the aftermath of the bloodbath.

Have you read the Spring issue of In Trust magazine?




In Trust
's Spring 2015 issue hit mailboxes last week. Here are some highlights from our latest issue: 

  • "Two patterns of good governance." Part 2 of our excerpt from the latest report on seminary governance from researcher Barbara Wheeler.

Thinking about a merger? Some things to consider




Thinking about a merger? Here are some things to consider.

Resources for your board: Dashboards



Dashboards are a great way to track key metrics of your school’s performance. But which metrics should you track? And how do you know if you’re getting -- and sharing -- the numbers that matter?

Resources for your board: Strategic planning



Strategic planning: it’s something that you know you need to do, but how do you get started?

We've gathered a few articles to help you think about strategic planning, well, strategically. These articles could be fodder for a fruitful discussion with your board and leadership team.


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