Educational debt has been a significant topic of research in theological education since 2005. Below are several resources and research reports to help inform work in this area.
What practices are effective?—an analysis presented at the 2018 Biennial Meeting of data reported by ECFFM participating schools
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Jo Ann Deasy joined the ATS staff in June 2014, and she currently serves as the director of institutional initiatives. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Pathways for Tomorrow Coordination Program and the Organizational and Educational Models in Theological Education Project. She previously served as manager of the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers Initiative Coordination Program.
Deasy also serves on the research team at ATS. Before shifting her focus to initiatives in 2022, she also oversaw the management, collection, and interpretation of data from the Entering Student, Graduating Student, and Alum Questionnaires for ATS. Her quantitative research focuses on the vocational trajectories of graduate theological students including multi-vocational ministry and the graduate workforce as well as on educational debt in ATS member schools. Qualitative projects have included Black student debt, assessing spiritual and personal formation, and women in leadership in theological education.