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ATS Self-Study

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 has completed the self-study and is now preparing for the site visit 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.

Section VII.A.4 of the Commission on Accrediting Procedures requires that, “in preparation for an evaluation visit, a school shall advertise to its constituencies that it is receiving an evaluation committee and invite comment in writing concerning the institution’s qualifications for accreditation. These comments will be available to the evaluation committee. The evaluation committee may also include an open hearing scheduled during the course of the visit.” 

At this time, we invite your written comments. Please feel free to read the final version of the self-study to help provide a framework for how Meadville Lombard addresses the ATS' qualifications for accreditation. As the educational model has changed significantly, the self-study provides an understanding of how Meadville Lombard educates students today. 

All comments will be made available to the evaluation committee on March 18th. Please send your comments to You can also mail your comments to: Attn: ATS Evaluation, Meadville Lombard Theological School, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.