News & Insights

This year, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) substantially revised the Strategic Information Report (SIR), one of the reports that it provides to the presidents of theological schools. Presidents are welcome to share the SIR with their boards, faculty, and other administrators, just as they may share other reports generated by ATS. 

Because the SIR has been completely revamped, ATS has provided an overview article that explains how presidents and board members can use it. “Why the Strategic Information Report is an essential tool in every school’s toolbox,” by Chris Meinzer, explores ways to use the SIR as a tool in assessing their institution's overall health.

What is the SIR?

The SIR contains key data about an individual ATS member school and is a compilation of the information that the school itself provides. It includes reports on admissions, enrollment, finance, and faculty that can be shared not only with the board but with other constituents on campus, such as the admissions and development office. In some cases, the reported information is benchmarked against peers or industry standards. 

Meinzer also recommends ways that board members and administrators can use the report. Some questions that he suggests: 

  1. What are the trend lines in the data, and are they positive or negative?
  2. What are the main institutional factors that have contributed to this positive/negative trend line?
  3. What are one or two institutional activities that will further the positive or reverse the negative?

The full text of the article is available here

Top Topics

Roles & Responsibilities



Board Essentials

Upcoming Events

The In Trust Center hosts learning community spaces throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events below.

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.

Can’t Find What You’re Looking For?

In Trust Center provides Resource Consulting to our members at no charge. Contact us today and let us guide you to the most helpful resources for your situation.

Contact Us