Many of those good ideas have found their way into some of the more than 60 petitions for new degree programs, experiments, and exceptions in the past year alone. But a good idea does not guarantee a sustainable business model.
Before committing to a new venture, due diligence calls for a systematic process of planning and analysis. These steps do not have to be taken in sequence, but each one is critical.
Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) is not yet a member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), but UTS presidents and administrative staff have been welcomed at ATS conferences over the last 15 years.
Anthony T. Ruger has been a researcher, administrator, and consultant in theological education for several decades. He presented this topic at the 2016 ATS Presidential Leadership Intensive Conference.