Study of 'Theology in the University: A Future for University- Related Divinity Schools

Project Number: 
Start Date: 
Fri, 07/01/1988
End Date: 
Fri, 05/31/1991

This comprehensive, long-term project was planned to involve sixteen of the leading American university divinity schools or university-related schools of theology in intensive study, self- criticism, and reform. Designed as a cooperative venture, the program allowed the schools to study their past, assess realistically their present condition, and develop a fresh and comprehensive view of a new future in order to become the creative agents of reform of American theological education. Seven grant activities were undertaken: A major historical study of the university schools of theology over the course of the past 100 years. A survey of the contemporary state of these institutions, including in-depth interviews with administrators, faculty, university leaders, church administrators, and others. A series of studies designed to illuminate the future of institutional resources. A consultation of scholars to offer papers on the emerging issues in theological education. A major consultation for university presidents and divinity school deans near the end of the project. Consultations for deans, presidents, and senior administrators of the participating schools. A series of five books was published, the concluding volume of which is a summary of the findings of the project staff and a "declaration of intent" about what the university schools of theology could and should do in leading the way to a revivified set of theological schools in the twenty-first century. (KA)