ERIC Number: ED412835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Perspectives on the Current Status of and Emerging Policy Issues for Theological Schools and Seminaries. AGB Occasional Paper No. 7.
Klein, Christa R.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This paper addresses issues unique to theological schools, which face challenges associated with changes in the composition of student bodies, faculties, and boards; increased pressures on administrators; and reduced funding. The discussion is organized around five major issues: (1) distinguishing features of theological schools, which historically have had two purposes--to educate religious leaders and to pursue theological research; (2) changes in student demographics and religious "enculturation" challenge schools' educational programs and raise questions about the relationship between seminaries and church bodies; (3) the faculty and the vocation of theological schools--small faculties, limited budgets, and fragmentation of the theological curriculum affect both faculty and students, and the discussion centers on such questions as how theological schools can maintain both enrollments and standards of admission, how much responsibility they have for providing remedial courses, and what is the school's role in religious formation; (4) how decreases in denominational contributions and a lack of consensus on theological accountability impact on governance and management of theological schools; and (5) finances and the costs of deferred maintenance of physical property, noting some of the differences between Protestant denominational institutions and Roman Catholic schools. (Contains 18 references.) (CH)
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Church Related Colleges, Clergy, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Faculty, Financial Support, Fund Raising, Governing Boards, Higher Education, Lay Teachers, Policy Formation, Private Colleges, Private Education, Protestants, Recruitment, Religion Studies, Religious Education, School Administration, Small Colleges, Student Characteristics, Theological Education, Trustees
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.