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While this research project did surface a few things that should cause us to look closely at the assumptions we make, it also shed light on another equally disconcerting issue. We have a glaring omission in our curricula; an omission that seems to be present at higher education institutions across the nation.
Often, the challenges we face and the opportunities they create are multifaceted. The fact that many seminarians are taking significant amounts of debt with them when they graduate is no exception. One area to be addressed is the process used for awarding federal loans.
Over the past three weeks, we have gently waded into a conversation about operational models and educational debt in ATS seminaries. Over the next few weeks, we will look at an infographic that shows why we care about this topic and spend a little time talking about how much debt is too much debt.
Many in the world of theological education have assumed that one of the ways to have a significant impact on student debt would be to decrease the price of education. It seems to be common sense. As part of a research project led by Harriet Rojas and myself, we sought to test this hypothesis.
The first Reading Week of the Spring 2016 semester will take place the week of February 29 - March 4, 2016.
The Spring 2016 Doctor of Ministry week will take place on February 29 - March 4, 2016.
Sioux Falls Seminary will be closed on Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday.
The Reading/Kairos Week for Spring 2016 will take place the week of April 11-15, 2016.
The Spring 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting will begin on Friday morning, April 29 and conclude by 12 Noon on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
The last day of the Spring 2016 semester will be on May 13.