Seminary accreditation affirmed for another 10 years

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) has reaffirmed the accreditation of Lexington Theological Seminary for 10 years.

In addition to the ongoing work of the Seminary, the LTS community has been engaged in the ATS self-study process in anticipation of a comprehensive site visit, which took place in March 2016.

The transformation of the Seminary’s educational model, finances, student body and facilities to meet the needs of our stakeholders is remarkable. Indeed, this successful institutional transformation formed the core narrative for the ATS ten-year accreditation review process. The ATS visiting team/evaluation committee noted in its final report to the Board of Commissioners that LTS had:

“a willingness to make difficult decisions for the sake of the mission, particularly following the financial crisis of 2008-09 that resulted in collaborative efforts to reimagine and reinvent the Seminary for a sustainable future, based on a clear theological vision.”

The Board of Commissioners of the ATS voted “to grant ongoing approval of the low-residency educational model for the school’s degree programs, no longer considering the model as an experiment, but as a proven model.”

The Seminary has been asked to provide a series of reports on targeted issues on or before April 2018, but will not have another accreditation visit until 2026.