Today we give thanks for the service of Dr. David J. Draewell, former Sioux Falls Seminary president, who died Sunday morning, March 13, 2016. The entire seminary community offers our condolences and prayers to Betty, Tim and Julie, and the entire Draewell family.
The past nine weeks we've looked at the topic of operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools . We’ve spent time looking at why we care and what we know. Today, we begin providing several practical ideas that may help us move forward.
After research, conversations, and reviewing efforts that some schools have made to address the rising cost of theological education, we've concluded that schools may, at times, choose to take the easy way out rather than dealing with the hard realities facing the industry.
Today, we'll look at some inferences that we might make as a result of our research into operational models and student educational debt at Association of Theological Schools seminaries. How we might affirm or challenge the funding and operational assumptions that undergird theological education?
Empower your discipleship and mission in every domain of church and society. Join us on April 13 as we focus on the global and local challenges of the 21st century church and the opportunities they present for redefining our understanding of mission and the role of the local pastor.
We are excited to announce Dr. Steve Trefz as Director of the Wesley House of Study at Sioux Falls Seminary. The Wesley House of Study exists to serve students who attend SFS and seek to serve or be ordained in a denomination within the Wesleyan faith tradition.
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.