Accreditation Matters.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is accredited and recognized by the following organizations:

Request for Comment for The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Site Visit in Spring 2017

The commitment to academic excellence at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is evident in the "good standing" accredited status maintained with both the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association (regional accreditation) and the Association of Theological Schools (professional accreditation). In both cases, the accrediting agencies provide standards of good practice which enable GRTS to better serve our students, alumni and other important stakeholders. These standards also become the evaluative basis for the re-accreditation process.

During the upcoming spring 2017 semester, GRTS will host a site visit team related to re-accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools.  The site visit will occur March 20-23, 2017 on the Cornerstone University campus.  The purpose of the site visit is to assess GRTS's compliance and alignment with the institutional, educational, and degree program standards established by ATS.

Current students, alumni, donors, or other stakeholders of GRTS interested in providing comment concerning the institution's qualifications for accreditation are invited to do so in writing.  Written comments can be submitted to the attention of Carla Douglas, Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Academics or sent to the The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, The Commission on Accrediting, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA.

Educational Effectiveness

Assessment of student learning is a high value at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. We take seriously our responsibility to deliver on the promise to provide excellence in graduate theological education. At GRTS, we do not view assessment of student outcomes as an externally imposed burden. Rather, we understand assessment of student learning and the disclosure of educational effectiveness as a theological task of stewardship, a process for organizational learning, and as a matter of legitimate accountability.

The effectiveness of our educational programs is assessed in a disciplined and routine manner. Through a variety of instruments and processes, we assess the achievement of the intended student learning outcomes of our curriculum, student and alumni satisfaction, readiness for ministry of our students, and vocational achievement of our graduates.

The following provides a few highlights and demonstrates how GRTS is delivering on its promise to provide excellence in graduate theological education.

Student Statistics

  • 83% of students graduate within 5 years
  • 66% of students who begin a degree program, complete a degree program
  • 87% of students achieved the highest outcome (“making good progress in readiness for ministry”) in the midpoint assessment
  • 97% of students achieved the highest outcome (“making good progress in readiness for ministry”) in the exit assessment

Graduate Employment and Credentials

  • 81% of graduates are employed in various forms of vocational ministry
  • 78% of Master of Divinity graduates are employed in various forms of vocational ministry
  • 76% of graduates majoring in Pastoral Ministries are ordained as a minister
  • 90% of Master of Arts in Counseling graduates are employed in vocational counseling or Christian ministry
  • 96% of Master of Arts in Counseling graduates achieved the Limited-Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) or the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Please Note: Data above was taken from the results of a variety of surveys and other evaluative instruments administered in recent years at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.