Guide to the Graduate Theological Union Accreditation Collection

Lucinda Glenn
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
2400 Ridge Road
Berkeley, California, 94709
Phone: (510) 649-2523/2501
Email: archives@gtu.edu
URL: http://www.gtu.edu/library/special-collections
© 2005
Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Graduate Theological Union Accreditation Collection

Collection number: GTU 98-5-1

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn
Date Completed:
April 2002
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2005 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Graduate Theological Union Accreditation collection
Dates: 1966-
Collection number: GTU 98-5-1
Creator: Graduate Theological Union
Collection Size: 3 linear feet (8 boxes)
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: This collection contains the accreditation files for the Graduate Theological Union from 1966 on.
Physical location: 3/1/2-3
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

Graduate Theological Union Accreditation collection, GTU 98-5-1. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

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.

Agency 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.

Indexing Terms

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


Container List

Box 1

1966-1971

Box 1

Self-Studies, Team-visit Reports, and Accreditation Response Letters 1966-1971

Scope and Content Note

Note

Note: Files on GTU Accreditation 1965-71 are found in the John Dillenberger, President and Dean Collection, GTU 89-7-1 (Boxes 9-10: 3/A/4)
Box:folder 2:1-3

1978

Box:folder 2:1-3

Self-Study, Team-visit Report, and Accreditation Response Letter 1978

Scope and Content Note

Note

Note: Files on GTU Accreditation 1966-78 are found in the Claude Welch, President and Dean Collection GTU 89-10-1 (Box 23, ff 1-14: 3/B/6)
Box:folder 2:4-9

1988

Box:folder 2:4-9

Self-Study, Self-Study Appendices, Team-visit Report, and Accreditation Response Letter 1988

Scope and Content Note

Note

Note: Files relating to the 1988 process can be found in the collections of Presidents Michael Blecker, GTU 89-10-3 (Box 22: 3/C/4), Sanford Elberg, GTU 91-2-1 (Box 2: 3/F/4), and Robert Barr, GTU 91-9-5 (Box 12: 3/E/5). Files can also be found in the Judith Berling, Dean Collection, GTU 93-1-1 (Box 18, ff 6-10: 3/G/5)
Box:folder 2:10-11

1993

Box:folder 2:10-11

Interim Report 1993

Box:folder 2:12

1965-1994

Box:folder 2:12

GTU Accreditation Chronology 1965-1994

Box:folder 3-6

1996

Box 3:1-7

Self-Study, Self-Study Appendix A (Financial Resources), Self-Study Appendix B (Handbooks and Required Documentation), Appendix C (Brochures and Publications) 1996

Box:folder 4:1-2

Team-visit Report 1996

Box:folder 4:3

Accreditation Response Letters 1996

Box:folder 4:4-7

Preparing the Self-Study and planning the Team visit 1996

Box:folder 4:8

Correspondence finishing the 1996 visit and preparing for 1999 1996

Box:folder 4:9-75

Documents in support of the Self-Study 1996

Scope and Content Note

Note

Note: File Folder 9 contains the Index for the supporting documents indicating contents and file folder numbers
Box:folder 4:76-89

Documents Required by WASC 1996

Scope and Content Note

Note

Note: File Folder 76 contains the Index for the supporting documents indicating contents and file folder numbers
Box:folder 5:1-25, 6:1-9

Documents 1996

Box:folder 6:10

WASC: Key Accreditation Documents 1996-2001

Box:folder 6:11

ATS: Key Accreditation Documents 1996-2001

Scope and Content Note

Note

Note: These folders contain copies of the supporting documentation concerning GTU Accreditation in the specified dates. Many of the documents duplicate those found throughout this collection. Some do not. Each folder has a Table of Contents. Compiled by Susan Carpenter in the GTU President's Office
Box 7

1999

Box 7

Special Report, Appendices Vol. I (Required Documents), Appendices Vol. II: Part A (Supporting Documents), Appendices Vol. II, Part B (Supporting Documents), Team-visit Report, Accreditation Response Letters 1999

Box 8

2001

Box 8

Progress Report to WASC, WASC Response Letter 2001