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ATS Self-Study Draft

Every ten years, seminaries and theological schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) must undergo an extensive self-study process, which is followed by a site visit from ATS. Meadville Lombard's next self-study is due in November 2012, with the site visit to follow in March 2013. The self-study and the accreditation process is the school's opportunity to assess how we are living up to the institutional and educational standards of ATS, and to make recommendations for next steps for improvement.

In order to take the fullest advantage of this opportunity, we need your help.

Here are links to the initial draft of the self-study and to the ATS standards which they address.  Before writing the next draft, we would like you to tell us what you think. Does it describe the school as it currently exists? If not, what did we miss? Are there additional recommendations for improvement or next steps that you think we should consider? With your help, we will be able to provide the most accurate picture of Meadville Lombard's present and future. 

As you open the self-study document, you will see that it is very easy to make comments. There is a link at the beginning and end of each standard to email your comments about that particular section of the document. If you choose to make a general response to the self-study, please send an email to We will receive your comments until the end of the day on September 5. 

Note: ATS has eliminated all items under standard four, but has retained the number as a placeholder. Therefore no response is required for this standard.

Please do keep in mind that this is a first draft. Although we have done a fairly thorough job of proofing the self-study, we assume that there are typos. We will continue to proof read it through the next drafts so you don't need to worry about that. Although not posted online, the supporting documents referred to in the self-study will be available to the ATS Visiting Team as will specific data cited in the text. 

Thank you so much for your assistance in this project that is vital to our future. Meadville Lombard is an exciting place to be these days. In many ways, the self-study is a record of the ten year journey that brings us to this place. It has not always been easy, but serving Unitarian Universalism is so very worthwhile. 

We so appreciate all the help you give us, in this and in all the other ways. Thank you


Rev. Dr. Lee Barker                                   Dr. Sharon Welch
President and Professor of Ministry       Provost and Professor of Religion and Society