Announcement of ATS Comprehensive Accreditation Visit

TheCommission on Accrediting” of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is one of two accreditation agencies that evaluate Holy Cross School of Theology. NECHE is the other. As an accreditation requirement, every seminary and graduate school of theology ATS accredits must undergo a periodic, extensive self-study process followed by a site visit. Our visit from the ATS Comprehensive Accreditation Committee will take place from November 12 through 15, 2018.

Procedures of the ATS Commission on Accreditation require that, “in preparation for an evaluation visit, a school shall advertise to its constituencies at least 60 days prior to the visit that it is receiving an evaluation committee and invite comments in writing to the school and/or to the Commission concerning the institution’s qualifications for accreditation. These comments will be available to the evaluation committee. The evaluation committee may also include an open hearing scheduled during the course of the visit” (Section VII.A.4).

You may address your comments to:

You may likewise wish to contact ATS directly though our accreditation liaison, Debbie Creamer (creamer@ats.edu).

Hellenic College

Hellenic College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Tel: (781) 425-7785
Web: neche.org

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology has a dual accreditation. It is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. It is also accredited  by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), and Master of Theology (ThM).

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for ministry and for teaching and research in theology.

Accreditation is conducted by the Board of Commissioners on behalf of the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. The Commission accredits institutions and approves degree programs offered by accredited schools. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the non-governmental Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for the accreditation of graduate, professional theological schools in the United States. The Commission, through its Board, works cooperatively with regional accrediting associations in the U.S., other professional associations, state departments of education, and other allied organizations in Canada and the United States.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the ATS should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education,
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Tel: (781) 271-0022
Web: neche.org

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1103
Tel: (412) 788-6510
Email: ats@ats.edu

Holy Cross is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, an association of ten theological schools and seminaries in the Greater Boston area.

Holy Cross also maintains ongoing relationships with other Orthodox schools of theology in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.  Holy Cross sponsors faculty and student exchange programs with several of these schools. In particular, Holy Cross maintains a faculty and student exchange program with the Orthodox Schools of Theology at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece.