We continue a series on operational models and student educational debt in ATS seminaries. Over the last few weeks, we looked at why we care about this topic. Today, we'll share a little more about what we know to be true regarding operational models and student educational debt.
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.
When reviewing the data we gathered, it seemed our work and reflections could be divided into three categories. Why do we care? What do we know? What can we do? Today, I begin looking at the first of those three questions: Why do we care about operational models and educational debt?
Sioux Falls Seminary, Northern Seminary, and Indiana Wesleyan University designed a research project that would look into the funding and operational assumptions that undergird theological education. We will share a series of articles that have emerged as a result of the project.
Sioux Falls Seminary published a 13-part series on operational models and educational debt in Association of Theological Schools (ATS) seminaries. Articles examined some of the significant changes facing seminaries in North America and the opportunities for innovation those changes create.
At Sioux Falls Seminary, we are excited about the opportunities before us to serve in new and innovative ways. Next week, we will begin a 13-part series, written by President Greg Henson, on operational models and educational debt in ATS seminaries.
Our 2015 Advent devotionals, one for each week of Advent plus one for Christmas Day, are written by alumni of Sioux Falls Seminary and inspired by 2 Corinthians 4:7. This week alumnus Harrison Lippert talks about how we can be ambassadors of reconciliation.