ats_logoAnnouncement of ATS Comprehensive Accreditation Visit

Every seminary and graduate school of theology that the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (see Association of Theological Schools) accredits must undergo an extensive self-study process prior to the site visit conducted by theATS Comprehensive Accreditation Committee. As an ATS-member school, Trinity School for Ministry will be hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit October 10-13, 2016. The Self-Study and the accreditation visit present the School with an opportunity to assess how well it is conducting itself with respect to the ATS General Institutional StandardsEducational Standard, and the Degree Program Standards, and to make recommendations for next steps for improvement.

Steering Committee Members

The Ven. Dr. Mark Stevenson, Chair, Academic Dean

Barb Costa, Community Liaison, 2006 Steering Committee Chair

Susanah Hanson, Library Director; Faculty Director of the Master of Arts (Religion) degree program

Barbara Knecht, Advancement Administrator; Assistant to the Dean of Doctoral Studies; Assistant to the Director of Online Education

Geoffrey Mackey, Director of Student Affairs; Director of Alumni, Church Relations, and Deployment

Shannon Mary Sims, Self-Study Project Manager

Russ Warren, Director of Online Education

Stacey Williard, Registrar; Director of Financial Aid

Comprehensive Self-Study Report

Section VII.A.4 of the ATS Commission on Accrediting Procedures requires that “In preparation for an evaluation visit, a school shall advertise to its constituencies at least 60 days prior to the visit that it is receiving an evaluation committee and invite comment in writing to the school and/or to the Commission 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.”

We invite your comments to Trinity School for Ministry’s 2016 Self-Study Report, which summarizes and evaluates the School’s unfolding history since its last site visit in 2006 and offers a series of recommendations to improve itself in the future. All comments will be available to the evaluation committee on October 10-13, 2016. Please send your comments to The Ven. Dr. Mark Stevenson, Academic Dean and Chair of the School’s institutional Self-Study at You can also mail your comments to Attn: Mark Stevenson/ATS Evaluation, Trinity School for Ministry, 311 11th Street, Ambridge, Pennsylvania 15003.

To view the Comprehensive Self-Study Report: Click Here


Trinity School for Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.