Monday, January 7, 2013

We too easily rush from one thing to the next urgent matter. I want to stop and thank Katie Glover as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning and Linda Lanam as the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accreditation self-study coordinator for their work over the last two-and-a-half year in producing the VTS accreditation self-study. Beyond the details, the study is perhaps the best way to get a sense of VTS and its mission, a sense of what we do and the challenges we have in moving forward in developing leaders to serve the church and God's mission.

On December 21, Katie Glover sent out the ATS self-study and accompanying documents. This concluded a VTS institutional self-study process that was begun in the fall of 2010. The study began with four working committees of Board members, faculty, staff, and students. It covered all aspects of the Seminary, from program to governance, from business and finance to student services, from faculty to institutional advancement. Two-and-a-half years in the making, the VTS self-study has given clarity to the Seminary's great strengths and to the challenges to be addressed.

The accreditation visiting team will be at VTS during the week of February 25. They will read many documents and engage in even more conversation in order to offer their judgment on the state of VTS, our strengths and challenges, and to make recommendations regarding continuing accreditation. You can read the VTS accreditation self-study on the VTS website. The detail may be a bit overwhelming, but the introductions and conclusions tell the story of VTS over the last ten years. It is an inspiring story. And we would appreciate any comments and response you might have to the ATS self-study. 

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics