Recent COA Actions
COA Action on Metro Atlanta Seminary 5-Year Reaccreditation.
At its regularly stated meeting on February 10th, 2023, the COA reviewed a letter of notation to Metro Atlanta Seminary (MAS) in response to their 5-year reaccreditation visit, subsequent follow up report, and an MAS response to the report. (More information about site-visit reports and process is found in this blog post.)
The Letter of Notation documenting discrepancies is based on a two-thirds decision of the ARTS-COA. In the case of MAS, the newly revised ARTS-COA rubric for assessing compliance with standards was employed. Our rubric specifies that institutions must fully meet all the criteria for sub-standards in order to be in compliance with the full standard. Institutions receiving a letter of notation remain full members, but are expected to respond to the letter within 60 days, and resolve all issues noted within 12 months after the date of the notation. (Policies and Procedures, Section 1.d.iii)
Accordingly the COA is seeking from MAS further details regarding a curriculum overview showing a plan for resolution for standards 2.4, 3.5, 5.2, 5.3, 6 and 10.5. We mention these items to be in compliance with ARTS-COA Policies and Procedures, Section 4.a.ii.
While further clarification is being sought on the above items, the COA also commended MAS for the many other improvements which MAS has implemented as a result of the site-visit report.
From the Director
Welcome to our new “What’s New” page for ARTS-COA. We have been very busy this year as we are expecting two new schools to meet all the requirements to become full members in ARTS. In addition we have developed a completely new training program for members of our site-visit teams, and we are conducting a series of training sessions for all of our schools on understanding and implementing our standards. Stay tuned to this space for updates as we go along.
Glenn Hoyle, Executive Director, ARTS
New COA Members
The ARTS COA welcomes two new public representatives to the COA in 2023.
Dr. Patrick Morgan has an extensive history of service in the local church. Currently he is an Associate Professor in Church History, Old Testament and Pastoral Theology at the Heidelberg Theolgocal Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Dana Blair is a specialist in cloud cybersecurity focusing on microsegmentation and workload security along with inventing, architecting and implementing IT solutions. He develops business strategies and manages financial operations and leads teams for delivering cybersecurity services.