ATS Grants BSK Candidacy For Accredited Status
In September 2009, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky initiated the process of seeking Associate Membership with The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). After a site visit by ATS staff liaison, Dr. Tisa Lewis, and a review of BSK materials by other ATS staff, BSK was recommended to ATS member schools for a vote on Associate Membership and received that status during the June 2010 biennial meeting in Montreal.
In November 2012, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky submitted a 50+ page Readiness Report to the Commission on Accrediting of ATS. Our Readiness Report cited the progress BSK had made in meeting the Standards of Accreditation prescribed by ATS along with the areas needing significant attention. Later that month, we received a site visit from Dr. Tisa Lewis, Senior Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation at ATS. In her written report, Dr. Lewis provided a candid assessment of BSK’s strengths and weaknesses with the end result of recommending BSK to the Board of Commissioners for Candidacy status. After reviewing the reports of BSK and Dr. Lewis, the Commissioners voted in February 2013to grant Baptist Seminary of Kentucky the next step in the process, Candidacy for Accredited Status.
We briefly celebrated this progress toward our ultimate goal of Accredited Status with ATS. Over the next two years the Seminary will engage in a comprehensive self-study led by Dr. Dalen Jackson, Academic Dean. Professors Jackson, Medley, Inscore Essick, and Rowatt, whose hard work was critical in the joint effort for achieving Candidacy, will collaborate again with staff and administration, as well as representatives from all seminary constituencies, in the work of the self-study. We hope that the final result will be a vote of Accredited Status by the Board of Commissioners in 2015.