We've been busy here at Claremont School of Theology, and I have exciting news to share on two fronts.
You may have heard that the School has had issues with its accreditation due to issues of financial planning and governance. Though the School never lost its accreditation, it was dangerously close when I came to Claremont nearly two years ago. Earlier this spring, we received word that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) removed its most serious sanction from the school and elevated Claremont to a probationary status. This is good news as it demonstrates the great strides we are making to becoming a financially healthy institution. To read more about this, please see my complete statement at www.cst.edu.
The second piece of news is the new statement of mission, vision, and values set forth by Board of Trustees. In short, the Board recognizes the diverse and multi-faith reality in which the school is already operating, and turns Claremont's gaze in some interesting new directions. As a result, the Board is setting a bold and imaginative course to expand on Claremont's history of preparing religious leaders for service to the world. The statements in their entirety are on the School's Web site.
As we move forward, I look forward to your thoughts about the School's new direction. I encourage you to leave a comment on this blog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to continue the conversation.