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Golden Gate Seminary receives accreditation reaffirmation

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–The Association of Theological Schools has reaffirmed fully accredited status to Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. The ATS Commission on Accrediting of the ATS informed Golden Gate Seminary officials of its decision earlier this summer.

During a visit by the commission in 2001, committee members expressed concern that the seminary had sustained losses in its operating budget for several years. The recent affirmation from ATS commended the seminary “on its solid and significant progress on areas and concerns identified in past visits.”

“The accreditation affirmation received from the Association of Theological Schools is affirmation of the ability of our trustees, faculty, staff and students to work together as a team in addressing a number of critical issues surfaced in our last visit by our accrediting agencies,” seminary President William O. (Bill) Crews said. “I congratulate all who had a part in making this team effort successful.”

The commission also notified the seminary that the Rocky Mountain Campus in Centennial, Colo., is being considered for the possibility of authorizing the full master of divinity and master of arts in theological studies degrees. Presently, the Rocky Mountain Campus is authorized to offer only two-thirds of these degree programs onsite.

ATS also agreed to the seminary’s revised master of divinity, which changes its degree hour requirement from 88 to 81. The new degree program offers a reshaped curriculum balancing classical subjects and leadership skill formation classes.

“The commission’s action reaffirms our commitment to providing contextual theological education in the West,” Crews said. “My congratulations and thanks to all at the seminary who worked diligently to make this fine hour possible.”

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention and operates five campuses: in Northern California at Mill Valley, Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Colorado.

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