In the assessment report submitted to the Association of Theological Schools in 2014, the faculty and board of VTS committed to a review of the M.Div. curriculum that would consist of “a comprehensive report which summarizes program data, the annual report suggestions, and makes recommendations to sustain or change the scope, sequence, and requirements of a program” to be undertaken every three years. In this review we said that we would:
- clarify our core principles and values for the program,
- ascertain and strengthen what we are currently doing well,
- ascertain and eliminate or shore up areas of weakness, and
- ascertain our needs for future faculty hires, course offerings, etc.
The faculty also determined that we wanted to deepen our ownership of the curriculum so that together we could collaborate and advise students in a program of studies that would best serve God and the church in the 21st century.
The last major redesign of the M.Div. curriculum at VTS occurred in 1999-2000, so we knew that we had our work cut out for us! Over the next several days, the Dean's Commentary will highlight major aspects of the process.
The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament