St. Mark's College Reaches Final Accreditation Step with Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

Vancouver, BC - July 5, 2017. St. Mark’s College is proud to announce its final step in the accreditation process with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).  From October 16-19, 2017 St. Mark's College will undergo a comprehensive site visit from an ATS evaluation committee. St. Mark’s College received ATS Associate Membership in 2010, and ATS Candidate Status in 2014. Following a successful site visit, St. Mark's College would be an ATS Accredited Member.

Should any members of the St. Mark’s Community wish to submit comments about the College and accreditation, please submit the comments to: ATSfeedback@stmarkscollege.ca before Oct. 1, 2017. All submissions will be shared with the ATS evaluation committee.

 

Association of Theological Schools

The mission of the Association of Theological Schools is to promote the improvement and enhancement of theological schools to the benefit of communities of faith and the broader public.

 

“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.

Membership is open to schools located in the United States and Canada that offer graduate theological degrees, are demonstrably engaged in educating professional leadership for communities of the Christian and Jewish faiths, and meet the standards and criteria for membership established by the Association. The current member schools, numbering more than 270, include Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox graduate schools of theology that reflect a broad spectrum of doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and theological perspectives.

1.      Schools initially join the Association as Associate members upon a vote by the membership at its Biennial Meeting in even-numbered years.

2.      Within five years, Associate members are expected to pursue Candidate for Accredited Membership through the Commission on Accrediting.

3.      Once a school has completed the requirements of the Commission on Accrediting, it is recognized with Accredited Membership.”