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On June 11th and 12th over twenty members of the Seminary’s Self-Study Steering Committee and principal working subcommittees gathered at St. Tikhon’s for a professional development retreat focused on the process of institutional Self-Study.  The retreat was part of ongoing process of preparation for a 2016 comprehensive reaccreditation visit by members of the school’s accrediting body – the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).  Among retreat participants were members of the Seminary’s Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Student Body, and Alumni Association.      

The retreat was opened by a spiritually uplifting Molieben led by the Seminary’s Rector, His Grace Bishop Michael, which was followed by several plenary and working sessions conducted over the course of two days.  These sessions were facilitated by the Seminary’s Dean, Fr. Steven Voytovich and the institution’s accreditation liaison, Dr. Paul Witek.  During the retreat participants engaged in several development sessions focused on various aspects of the self-study process, including the ongoing work of various committees in the process.  Participants also took part in a collective discussion of the production of the Seminary’s Institutional ATS Self-Study Report.  The retreat also provided opportunities for working subcommittees to meet and continue their ongoing work, as well as for participants to engage in informal discussions and fellowship.

Following the intense, two-day event, retreat participants described the productive insights gained through the various sessions, and extended their sincere thanks for those that diligently worked in organizing the retreat. 

The Self-Study retreat was a part of a larger, ongoing process of Self-study presently taking place at St. Tikhon’s Seminary that was initiated in the 2013-2014 academic year with the development of a Self-Study Leadership Team, Steering Committee, and principal working subcommittees.  The process will culminate in the production of a self-study report in late 2015 and a reaccreditation visit by an ATS Site Committee in early Spring 2016.  Inquiries concerning the Seminary’s self-study process can be forwarded to Dr. Paul Witek at paul.witek@stots.edu.  More information concerning the Seminary’s accrediting body can on its website at www.ats.edu

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