ATS is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits schools and approves the degree programs they offer.
Being accredited means our students and faculty can be assured that our programs not only meet, but also often exceed, the highest educational standards of theological education.
This successful accreditation follows an eight-year, multi-phase process involving many staff, faculty, student, alumni, community members, and other stakeholders. Steps included preparing detailed consultation and evaluation reports, self-study periods, as well as three site visits, once for initial accreditation as an associate member (2010), once for accreditation as a candidate member (2014), and finally a comprehensive visit for full accreditation (2017); each visit culminated in a report with recommendations for the College's growth by the evaluation committee. As part of this process, the College had earlier received associate (2010) and candidate (2014) status.
The following St. Mark's College degree programs were accredited:
"We are very proud of this significant accomplishment, which is a testament to many years of dedicated work by numerous staff and faculty. Our students will be the ultimate beneficiaries. Through our ATS accreditation, they will know that St. Mark's College, the Catholic theological college at UBC, has closely examined our programs, processes, and facilities, and is striving for the highest level of academic program delivery possible."
Dr. Peter Meehan
Principal, St. Mark's College
"Status as a fully ATS-accredited College means we have met recognized standards in the U.S. and Canada for the provision of academic excellence, as set out by the ATS. ATS accreditation distinguishes our College from many others by providing the highest quality educational standards as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation."
Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Dean of Theology, St. Mark's College