Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Graduate Theological Union Accreditation collection
Collection number: GTU 98-5-1
Graduate Theological Union
3 linear feet (8 boxes)
The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Abstract: This collection contains the accreditation files for the Graduate Theological Union from 1966 on.
Physical location: 3/1/2-3
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Graduate Theological Union Accreditation collection, GTU 98-5-1. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.
These accreditation files have been collected and/or copied by the GTU Archivist and brought together into one collection
for clarity on GTU's accreditation history.
The GTU submitted the first report to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1965. In January 1966, GTU received
initial accreditation from WASC for a period of two years. In 1967, a second report was submitted, followed by a re-accreditation
in January 1968 for three years. The 1967 report was brought up to date and submitted to the American Association of Theological
Schools (now the Association of Theological Schools, ATS) in January 1969. In July 1969 by unanimous vote, the GTU was 'officially
recognized as an accredited member of the AATS'. In 1971, the GTU was re-accredited by WASC. In 1978, the ATS and WASC did
a joint accrediting team visit to the GTU, a practice which has continued. Both bodies re-accredited GTU for ten years.
Each body reported issues which the GTU had to address through focused reports or visits required at various dates prior to
the 1988 visit. This pattern has continued in the accreditation process. In 1988, GTU was re-accredited by ATS and WASC
for ten years with an interim report required in 1993. The next full Self-Study and accrediting visit process came in 1996.
It was followed by a Special Report and visit in 1999, and an Interim Report to WASC in 2001.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Accreditation files held here have been collected and/or copied by the GTU Archivist and brought together into one collection
for clarity on GTU?s accreditation history. The arrangement is chronological by accreditation date. Accreditation has been
done through the GTU President's Office. Further files are therefore found in the individual presidents' collections. Files
on GTU Accreditation 1965-71 are found in the John Dillenberger, President and Dean Collection, GTU 89-7-1. 1966-78 files
are found in the Claude Welch, President and Dean Collection, GTU 89-10-1.
Files relating to the 1988 process can be found in the collections of Presidents Michael Blecker, GTU 89-10-3, Sanford Elberg,
GTU 91-2-1, and Robert Barr, GTU 91-9-5. Starting with the 1996 Accreditation, files were transferred to the Archives as
a discreet collection apart from the President's Office. This practice continues.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Graduate Theological Union--Accreditation
Theology--Study and teaching (graduate)--California--Berkeley