March 14, 2012
On February 29th, Westminster received the official confirmation of our reaccreditation for a period of ten years (until fall 2021) by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Board of Commissioners based upon the Commissioner's review of Westminster's Self-Study report and the ATS Evaluation Team Report from their October site visit. The Board of Commissioners affirmed the recommendations of the Evaluation Team Report with minor changes to the due dates of the follow-up reports.
It is significant and positive that the ATS Board issued no "notations", warnings regarding an accreditation standard. It is a very normal part of the accreditation process for an institution to be required to submit follow-up reports.
“We give thanks to God for his generous provision of a positive report from the ATS Board of Commissioners. There is a lot of work left to be done, and we are thankful for the many people willing to work towards maintaining Westminster’s accreditation in the coming years." Rev. Dr. Peter Lillback, president of the seminary.
The ATS Board of Commissioner's Statement is as follows:
5. To take actions regarding the following areas of needed improvement:
To require a report by May 1, 2015, regarding plans and progress to address increasing the diversity in race, ethnicity, and gender among the voting members of the faculty.