Accreditation Status: ATS Site Visit Confirmed for September 2015

Accreditation Status

The Augustine Institute is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu), an independent body that accredits programs in graduate theological education across the United States.

In June 2014, the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Accrediting of ATS admitted the Institute to candidacy for full membership.

During its period of candidacy, the Augustine Institute has undertaken an institutional self-study.  ATS has confirmed its site visit to the Augustine Institute in September 2015 to complete its comprehensive review.  At the end of the entire process, which takes twelve to eighteen months, the Board of Commissioners will again vote on the Institute’s status. A favorable judgment would accord the Institute full accreditation.

Augustine Institute Self-Study

For Initial Accreditation

Statement of Institutional Effectiveness

The Graduate School of Theology of the Augustine Institute closely monitors the academic progress of its students toward the Master of Arts degree and also regularly surveys its students and alumni about their vocation and career placement and goals. The principal means of these evaluations are the annual Student Audit and annual Alumni Survey, conducted by the Registrar and the Director of Development respectively.

The June 2014 Student Audit revealed that 62% of current students are already employed in active ministry or teaching. Moreover, 3 in 4 current students are studying part-time, as they balance the demands of family and career with their studies. As a result, leaves of absence are common and withdrawals from the program not uncommon. The rate of completion of the Master of Arts program, accordingly, is approximately 50%.

The most recent Alumni Survey (Summer 2014) had a response rate of 34%, and revealed that 94% of respondents use their degree professionally or in a volunteer capacity.

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve its program, the Institute’s annual plan for academic assessment is approved by its Board of Trustees each autumn, with the assessment cycle being completed by the faculty in the month of May. During the 2014-15 academic year, the faculty will be evaluating programmatic goals in Sacred Scripture, Theology, Leadership, and Spiritual Maturity.

CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 12: Augustine Institute Graduation Mass and Commencement at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on April 12, 2014 in Centennial, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/for the Augustine Institute)
Every regular faculty member of the Augustine Institute has a mandatum to teach in the Archdiocese of Denver and makes the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church.
Learn about the mandatum here.

Programmatic Goals

MASTER OF ARTS (THEOLOGY)

I. Sacred Scripture: to articulate the narrative of salvation history, to explain the Biblical foundations of Catholic doctrine, to interpret the Scriptures in light of the Catholic tradition, and to substantiate the reliability of Sacred Scripture.

II. Theology: to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the Catholic Church’s dogmatic, sacramental, moral, and spiritual teaching, building upon that doctrine as exemplified by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

III. History: to understand the main themes of the history of the Church, particularly in the West, with special emphasis on evangelization and on the saints and martyrs as teachers and models of Catholic thought and life.

IV. Evangelization: to demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of evangelization and ecclesial renewal so as to apply a mature Christian vision to the leading challenges facing the Church’s mission today.

MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

I. Theology: to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the Catholic Church’s Biblical, dogmatic, sacramental, moral, and spiritual teaching, building upon that doctrine as exemplified by the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

II. Evangelization: to demonstrate an understanding of the foundational principles of evangelization and ecclesial renewal so as to apply a mature Christian vision to the leading challenges facing the Church’s mission today.

III. Catechesis & Pastoral Care: to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of catechesis and pastoral care and the ability to develop, to implement, and to assess effective catechetical and pastoral initiatives in an ecclesial setting.

IV. Leadership: to demonstrate readiness for collaborative work and management so as to implement effective discipleship strategies.

V. Spiritual Maturity: to articulate a comprehensive vision for the pursuit of holiness and to testify to a commitment to life-long discipleship and conversion.