Last year, as part of the Educational Models Workforce Mapping project, ATS conducted a first-of-its-kind study on alums from ATS member schools.
Recent ATS research on special topics in theological education
Specific lines of inquiry and research methods are built into each major initiative that ATS undertakes with external funding. In addition, the research team and outside consultants engage in special research projects to support a broad understanding of theological education.
As each ATS research project is completed, it is disseminated in a variety of ways to ensure maximum accessibility to the full membership of ATS, not only on this website but also through presentations at ATS education events, publication in the Theological Education journal and Colloquy Online, and inclusion in ATS blogs and other social media channels.
- Mission & Money: Are yours in alignment?—a practical approach to ensuring that all your resources are working toward your school’s goals
- Reports of the MDiv's death are greatly exaggerated—“If the MDiv is ‘dying,’ why do 40% of all ATS students continue to enroll in it?”
- Enrollment projections suggest continued long-term shifts among degree programs—with 85% of schools reporting, the news is not so much about totals as it is about distribution
- ATS provides preview of 2018–2019 enrollment—with two-thirds of member schools reporting so far, some patterns have emerged that include both upticks and declines
- Five things we’ve learned about assessing personal and spiritual formation—a survey reveals who’s taking charge of formation, where it is happening, and 28 different tools being used to assess it
This collection of research on financial issues, conducted by ATS, participating schools, and other entities, includes topics such as educational debt, financial literacy, and the cost and structure of theological schools.
- Economic realities among seminary graduates—a survey of graduates from 2011 and 2015 to determine their experiences with educational debt, strategies schools are using to address financial literacy and student debt, and the impact of debt on financial decision making—available in Powerpoint or video
- Educational debt among recent graduates—six data slides are updated each year with current data
- School practices around money and student debt—an analysis presented at the 2018 Biennial Meeting of data reported by ECFFM participating schools
- Theological Education issue dedicated to ECFFM—articles addressed understanding financial issues, research on the impact of financial issues, and practices to address economic challenges
This four-year project incorporated a series of investigations into how schools are engaging and experimenting with various curricular and extra-curricular programmatic efforts.
- Mapping survey of program developments and plans—an online survey of 226 schools to determine the full range of programs—beyond degree programs—and their effectiveness, featuring the input of deans and program directors
- Research reports from 18 peer groups—investigations of particular kinds of innovations such as accelerated programs, programs for special constituencies, global engagement, new institutional structures, and alternate delivery methods
- Workforce mapping study—a survey of more than 940 graduates of member schools to determine where they are serving and in what capacities as well as required competencies and adequacy of their preparation—also available is a full report on competencies
- Faculty development—a three-phase investigation looking at understandings of collective vocation, motivations for scholarship, and perceptions of online teaching—available in a full-length report or a short summary
- Faculty engagement with multicultural education—a survey of faculty that identifies two models of faculty engagement of diversity inclusivity
- Changes in faculty work—a 2011 survey of 192 faculty members about their work and attitudes in an environment of change
- ATS work through the Committee on Race and Ethnicity, 2000-2014—an in-depth examination of history, accomplishments, and future plans in the Theological Education journal
- How well are we doing on race? A realistic assessment rooted in research—results from a 2014-2015 survey of more than 175 past CORE participants
- How'd We Do? A Review of the Research of ATS' Work through CORE—an illustrated presentation on results from a 2014-2015 survey of more than 175 past CORE participants
A three-phase project designed to understand the baseline of faculty and institutional engagement at the intersection of science and theology
- Engaging Science in Seminaries Phase 1: Faculty Perceptions—a survey of 739 faculty members at 186 Protestant member institutions regarding the extent of science engagement in the classroom, student interest in scientific topics, potential controversies at the intersection of faith and science, and science and faculty scholarship, featured in both the Theological Education journal and Colloquy Online.
- Engaging Science in Seminaries Phase 2: Institutional Engagement—interviews with key informants at 30 Protestant theological schools featured both in Colloquy Online and a full report
- Engaging Science in Seminaries Phase 3: Document Review—an in-depth look at course syllabi, websites, partnerships, and conferences that evidence institutional engagement featured in Colloquy Online and a full report
- Engaging Science in Seminaries Final Report—the collective findings of all phases of the research project
- Getting there: seven practices to support successful women in theological education—a survey of nearly 600 women reveals the personal habits and institutional practices that work for women aspiring to positions of leadership
- Women in Leadership survey: what we found may not be what you think—a summary of the impact of 20 years of programming
- In Your Own Words—an in-depth look at the perspectives of women in theological education, presented at the WIL 20th Anniversary Celebration
- Women in ATS schools: 8 data points for conversation—select data about women in ATS member schools and religious higher education