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ats state of the industry webinarThe Association of Theological Schools (ATS) provides an overview of enrollment, students, faculty, and finances at member schools. Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) is not yet a member of ATS, but our presidents and administrative staff have been welcomed at several ATS conferences over the last 15 years.

UTS is firmly placed in this same “industry,” and so the following webinar and the data provided may be useful to the UTS News subscribers who are interested in theological education in North America. The data prompts ATS to ask its members (and UTS) some straightforward questions about their missions and practices.

The following resources provide an overview of enrollment, students, faculty, and finances at member schools.

  The full 45-minute 2015 State of the Industry Webinar recording

  Slideshow | Transcript | Resource List

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About ATS

More than 270 graduate schools of theology in the United States and Canada form The Association of Theological Schools. Member schools conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. These schools differ from one another in deep and significant ways, but through their membership in ATS, they demonstrate a commitment to shared values about what constitutes good theological education. Collectively, ATS member schools enroll approximately 74,500 students and employ more than 7,200 faculty and administrators.

One mission: To promote the improvement and enhancement of theological schools to the benefit of communities of faith and the broader public


ATS Shared Values

The Association seeks to implement its mission with attention to four key values:

Diversity: ATS values the different expressions of faith that are represented by member schools and seeks to respect the varying understandings of theology, polity, religious leadership, and social commitments.

Quality and Improvement: ATS schools value quality in the practice of ministry and in educational practices. Quality is always linked to improvement; even schools that have achieved a high degree of quality can improve. The Association encourages schools to advance in quality.

Collegiality: ATS values the contributions that schools make to one another. Regardless of differences in theological perspective, organizational complexity, or institutional size, ATS schools, as peer institutions, can learn from one another, cooperate on common tasks that benefit the broader community of theological schools, and hold themselves accountable to common practices and quality.

Leadership: ATS values leadership and considers it essential for schools to attain their missions. ATS is committed to developing the skills and capacities of administrators, faculties, and boards of member schools.

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