Accreditation is an ongoing process that involves more than an evaluation visit every ten years. Between comprehensive visits or in conjunction with focused visits, the Board of Commissioners often requires interim reports of member schools. These are intended to address areas of concern or insufficient information regarding one or more standards of accreditation. Among the more common types of interim reports required by the Board are those dealing with assessment, finances, governance, and planning, though the range of topics can be quite broad (from enrollment to faculty workload).
The most helpful reports are those that focus clearly and concisely on the issue(s). Enough information is needed for readers not familiar with that school to have a context (generally covered in a brief introduction), but too much information is not helpful. Reports must include a cover letter on official school letterhead that is signed by an appropriate school official (typically the president or dean). The cover letter must cite the original action from the ATS Board of Commissioners, including the topic(s) that the report is to cover and the date when the report was originally requested. The report that follows the cover letter is to include actual evidence that any concern has been or is being addressed. The report should be organized in a clear and readable manner (e.g., a separate header for each report topic or subtopic), with any extended documentary support provided in an appendix. Reports that cover simple issues may be as brief as 2–5 pages, while those addressing more complex issues might be 5–10 pages plus an appendix.
All reports are due at the date specified by the Board of Commissioners. Please email your report to the director of accreditation services with the school name and report date (Winsome Theological Seminary November 2020 Report) in the subject line. The report and cover letter should be submitted in one PDF document, labeled “Due Date (year, abbreviated month) Report—School Name” (2020 Nov Report—Winsome Theological Seminary). Any appendices should be combined into one PDF file and bookmarked, labeled “Due Date Report App—School Name” (2020 Nov Report App—Winsome Theological Seminary). If your version of Word is earlier than 2010 and does not have the capability to save to PDF, please attach as a Word file using the same naming convention.
While schools are no longer required to submit a print copy of the report, schools also have the option to provide a print copy of the report and any appendices. Any print documents should be mailed to
Director of Accreditation Services
ATS Commission on Accrediting
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110