IPS is pleased to announce that, as of June 29, 2016, it is officially a member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). With more than 270 member graduate schools of theology, ATS is comprised of schools in the US and Canada that offer graduate theological degrees, are demonstrably engaged in educating professional leadership for communities of the Christian and Jewish faiths, and meet the specific standards and criteria maintained by the Association. The diversity of ATS members reflect a broad spectrum of doctrinal, ecclesiastical, and theological perspectives.
Membership in the Association will help bolster IPS’s standing in the broader community of theological institutions. It will enhance the ability of IPS and other American theological schools to learn from one another’s experience, collaborate on common tasks, as well as promote IPS’s values of transformative Ignatian education and the blending of faith and justice in service. Membership in the ATS is also a first crucial step in gaining ATS accreditation. IPS Director Brian Schmisek gave this statement welcoming the approval, “We are proud to be recognized as an Associate Member of ATS, which is a seal of our academic quality. The news represents a milestone in the dedicated work of our faculty and staff especially over these past four years. Our students also appreciate the high standards for which we have been recognized. We very much look forward to membership in this association.”