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Accreditation Granted

St. Andrew’s College has received a strong affirmation of the college’s programs by a key North American accreditation association.

Officials from the Association of Theological Schools’ (ATS) Board of Commissioners have granted St. Andrew’s a renewed accreditation for 10 years, the maximum period of accreditation that may be granted to a theological college.

“We are thrilled to have received this affirmation from our North American peers in theological education,” said College principal Lorne Calvert.

“That the College has earned this remarkable accreditation is due to the support St. Andrew’s has received from the wider community and church; our friends and our alumni/ae; the gifts and talents of those who have served and serve on our committees and board; and the faculty, students and staff who share together in theological education here.”

In granting the 10-year accreditation period the ATS board of commissioners highlighted what it believes to be the distinctive strengths of St. Andrew’s College. It identified the College’s clear cultural identity as a school of and for the Canadian prairies as seen in areas such as the design of the Doctor of Ministry degree with its focus on Rural Ministry and Community Development and in faculty appointments that are committed to the region’s cultural context.

The report also noted the College’s capacity for institutional resilience, the integration between theology and practice that characterizes the Master of Divinity program and the College’s commitment to a model of non-hierarchical faculty governance emerging out of deeply-held institutional values.

The college spent much of the past year engaged in the process of reaccreditation with the ATS Commission on Accreditation. The effort involved internal evaluation and self-study followed by visit from a team of scholars who subjected the college to an intensive review of its programs and every aspect of life at the college.

Calvert says he is pleased the team of accreditation officials recognized the work St. Andrew’s has done to strengthen its programs.

“It is very, very significant in the life of a college. It will mean that St. Andrew’s College . . . will be on par with any other theological collage in North America and in the top percentile. We are very excited about it.”

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that provide programs for the practice of ministry and teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.

Membership in the ATS is open to schools in the Christian and Jewish faiths. It currently represents the full range of Christian denominations, including schools in mainline and evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, as well as multidenominational and nondenominational schools.

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