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Advancing Innovation

Innovation is something everyone seems to be discussing right now. When it comes to innovation in theological education, I believe the advancement/development office is uniquely positioned to play an important role. This presentation was part of a workshop that invited senior development officers to think about why innovation is important, why they should be part…

What can we do? Pt. 2

Over the past two weeks, we have been looking at practical ideas that may help us address the issue of student debt. It is a multi-faceted concern, and we believe institutions must attack it from three angles: cost reduction, revenue generation, and curriculum development. Last week, we looked at cost reduction. Today, we will dive…

What can we do? Pt. 1

We have spent the past nine weeks looking at the topic of operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). We’ve spent some time looking at why we care and what we know. Today, we begin providing several practical ideas that may help us move forward. Student debt…

What do we know? Pt 2

Today, we are going to look at some inferences that we might be able to make as a result of our research into operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Sioux Falls Seminary, Northern Seminary, and Indiana Wesleyan University worked together on a project with the goal…

What do we know? Pt 1

Today, we continue a series on operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Over the last few weeks, we looked at why we care about this topic. Today, we are going to share a little more about what we know to be true regarding operational models and…

Why do we care?

Over the past three weeks, we have gently waded into a conversation about operational models and educational debt in seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). We began with a broad overview of our research project that looked at operational models and educational debt in ATS seminaries. Next we talked about the three-sided challenge…

The 5 Revenue Models in ATS

According to data from ATS, there are five different revenue models for independent schools within ATS (70% of ATS seminaries are independent). I find the information provides great context for conversations among leaders of a given institution. Following a description of the data, I will share a few points of interest. Let’s look at the…