News & Insights

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is the accreditation and leadership education association for graduate-level theological education in the United States and Canada. The In Trust Center for Theological Schools works closely with ATS on matters that are beneficial for our mutual member institutions.

This spring, ATS issued its latest Colloquy newsletter online. Below are two items from that newsletter that are of interest to theological school board members.

Accrediting processes simplified 

At its February 2014 meeting, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a number of changes to its policies and practices. Among the changes are clearer guidelines and procedures for extension sites and joint/dual degrees, a revised and abbreviated set of Notations clearly linked to the current standards, and new protocols for reviewing interim reports from member schools in a more timely fashion.

More information is here.

Continuing education for faculty: Five strategies that won't break the bank

Today, faculty must not only be masters of their disciplines; they must also master instructional design, educational technology, and accreditation standards, all on a budget that probably hasn't changed in the past decade. One colleague offers a few practical ways theological educators can extend their continuing education efforts without overextending themselves.

Read more here.

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Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.

In Trust Center Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.

Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, Part 2 – A Deeper Dive


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action. Click here to view.

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