With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated difficulties in conducting physical on-site accreditation visits, quality assurance agencies across the world are envisioning creative alternative approaches to this well-established practice.
The Association and the Commission on Accrediting provide a range of resources for member schools, researchers in theological education, representatives of the media, and the general public. Those resources include Engage ATS (a new online interactive community for those who serve at ATS member schools), conferences and webinars, publications, and a variety of other materials that address trends and best practices in theological education, as well as databases full of statistics about member schools and their students.
Annual Report Forms that member schools complete each fall provide extensive data about the member schools that are reported in the Annual Data Tables on this website. These data are also the basis for two statistical reports to assist schools in strategic planning, institutional evaluation, and policy development: the Institutional Peer Profile Report and the Strategic Information Report.
The Association also maintains a database on student perceptions of their theological education (through the Entering and Graduating Student Questionnaires) and of students' development and formation as future pastors and priests (through the Profiles of Ministry program).
The ATS research function, a strategic priority of the Association’s work plan, ensures that all of the basic institutional and student data above are accessible and comprehensible to the membership and the public. The ATS research team also conducts additional investigations on topics of special interest to theological educators as well as curating the research of others on these topics.