President Carol Lytch announces that Lancaster Theological Seminary successfully renewed national accreditation for the maximum period of 10 years (until 2024) from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) Commission on Accrediting. Lancaster Seminary also simultaneously earned 10-year reaccreditation from its regional accrediting agency, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Lancaster Seminary last received decennial accreditation in 2004.
Accreditation is an indicator of institutional and educational quality, and may be conferred for periods of up to 10 years, the longest possible term. In addition, the Commission on Accrediting of ATS certified Lancaster Theological Seminary’s three graduate programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, and Doctor of Ministry which offer preparation for lay and ordained ministry, vocations in nonprofit leadership, and doctoral studies in theology.
ATS highlighted Lancaster Seminary’s “distinctive strengths” as:
• Outstanding leadership through a period of difficult transition;
• Courage and commitment to face institutional racism and white privilege;
• Institutional responsiveness to student well being in a holistic manner.
“Our reaccreditation for the maximum allowable 10-year term underscores our commitment to continuing to offer the highest quality theological education,” said President Lytch. “The reaccreditation process, which took the better part of a year, included preparation of an extensive Self-Study Report and culminated this spring with site visits by accreditation teams. We applaud our faculty, students, staff, and trustees for their outstanding work which led to this achievement.”