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Recent ATS research on special topics in theological education

Specific lines of inquiry and research methods are built into each major initiative that ATS undertakes with external funding. In addition, the research team and outside consultants engage in special research projects to support a broad understanding of theological education.

As each ATS research project is completed, it is disseminated in a variety of ways to ensure maximum accessibility to the full membership of ATS, not only on this website but also through presentations at ATS education events, publication in the Theological Education journal and Colloquy Online, and inclusion in ATS blogs and other social media channels.

ATS schools
Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM)

Educational Models and Practices (EMP)
Faculty issues
Race and ethnicity
Science in Seminaries
Women in Leadership (WIL)
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ATS schools

Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM)

This collection of research on financial issues, conducted by ATS, participating schools, and other entities, includes topics such as educational debt, financial literacy, and the cost and structure of theological schools.

  • Economic realities among seminary graduates—a survey of graduates from 2011 and 2015 to determine their experiences with educational debt, strategies schools are using to address financial literacy and student debt, and the impact of debt on financial decision makingavailable in Powerpoint or video
  • Educational debt among recent graduatessix data slides are updated each year with current data
  • School practices around money and student debt—an analysis presented at the 2018 Biennial Meeting of data reported by ECFFM participating schools 
  • Theological Education issue dedicated to ECFFM—articles addressed understanding financial issues, research on the impact of financial issues, and practices to address economic challenges

Educational Models and Practices (EMP)

This four-year project incorporated a series of investigations into how schools are engaging and experimenting with various curricular and extra-curricular programmatic efforts.

Faculty issues

Race and ethnicity

Science in Seminaries

A three-phase project designed to understand the baseline of faculty and institutional engagement at the intersection of science and theology

Women in Leadership (WIL)

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Institutional and student data
Recent research by others
New research opportunities--datasets, research questions, and tools for accessing