Aquinas Institute of Theology takes its role as an Accredited Theology School very seriously, and is currently preparing for the re-evaluation of accreditation process that occurs once per decade.
“Every ten years, an evaluation team comes to visit the school, and we all work to prepare an in-depth institutional self-study,” explained Juliet Mousseau, R.S.C.J., Assistant Professor of Church History and faculty director of the self-study. “The self-study includes information on areas such as our academic programs, educational standards of what we require from our students, and curriculum – including faculty background and student resources. In addition, we evaluate our health as an institution, including our fidelity to our mission, governance structures, and financial well-being.”
The accreditation standards are comprised of: General Institutional Standards, General Educational Standards, and Degree Program Standards.
General Institutional Standards are outlined in the following areas, and are expected of all members:
1. Purpose, planning and evaluation
2. Institutional integrity
3. Theological curriculum: learning, teaching, research
4. Library and information resources
6. Student recruitment, admission, services and placement
7. Authority and governance
8. Institutional resources
More in-depth information on how Aquinas Institute is meeting those standards will be made available to alumni, students and potential students as the time for evaluation in 2016 draws closer.