Kathryn A. Glover, Virginia Theological Seminary’s vice president for human resources and institutional effectiveness, writes about the school’s new eight-year strategic plan:
It is a comprehensive plan that focuses on programs: programs for degree seeking students, programs for practitioners — both lay and ordained — and programs for on-site, on-line and hybrid learning.
There are lots of ways to approach strategic planning, and VTS has developed a process that works well for us and focuses on broad input and feedback. All our constituencies — faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc. — are invited to suggest initiatives for consideration.
An excerpt from the strategic plan:
In 2023, Virginia Theological Seminary will be a dynamic seminary community cherishing a biblical, historical, and theological heritage as part of God’s mission in the world. Like a wise scribe, we will bring out what is old and what is new; we will cherish the ancient truths as we embrace new truths. We will be a porous community — welcoming the guest and reaching out to the community. We will seek to be flexible, adaptable, and ready to meet the challenges of our time. Our curriculum will be imaginative and Christ-centered; our conversation within the Church will be faithful and rich; our commitment to a changing world unwavering; and our support of our graduates ongoing as they are transformed by the call of Christ.
To deliver this vision, the Seminary will:
- Continue our commitment to our residential three-year MDiv program;
- Supplement the core graduate residential experiences with on-line and part-time options;
- Commit to facilitating within the Episcopal Church a conversation which includes key stakeholders in respect to the raising up of vocations that provide congregational leadership;
- Commit to an imaginative curriculum which enhances our core disciplines with rich cross-disciplinary conversations and partnerships;
- Offer programs to give our students the appropriate skills to engage with a diverse world;
- Offer our graduates comprehensive educational and support programs over their journey of service in the church.
Image of Aspinwall Hall at Virginia Theological Seminary by John W. Cross, via Wikimedia Commons