In July 2009, the Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, DMin ’97, was appointed President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School. Part of her mission was to envision where the School can grow in the next decade. Development of the strategic goals began in the winter of 2009 when the Long Range Planning Task Force was assembled to gather input on goals of greatest importance to the community.
In the spring of 2010, the task force chose The Wayland Group of Sudbury, Massachusetts—a consulting firm that specializes in leadership planning and fundraising strategy for nonprofit organizations—to provide overall guidance, coordination, and analysis. The Wayland Group coordinated the creation of three key Working Groups (People, Programs, and Resources), the membership of which included trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni/ae.
In June 2012, Episcopal Divinity School published a summary of its Strategic Vision, Goals, and Objectives 2011–2015 [PDF].
This plan provides a foundation for new initiatives to strengthen EDS as it continues to develop and refine a program that is already widely acknowledged as the forerunner in using technology, pedagogy, and a commitment to justice to confront the struggle for bringing compassion and reconciliation, in the Church and the world, to all people. This plan also delineates what is needed to ensure the School’s long-term growth.
Episcopal Divinity School is a vibrant institution requiring entrepreneurial responses to changing priorities, demands, and conditions, and as such this is a dynamic document—one that will have ongoing review and adjustment in terms of content and timetable. EDS has never been stronger as we seek to take advantage of the many opportunities before us in our efforts to live out the Gospel and change the world.
This webpage is a source for you to follow the progress EDS is making toward these goals. Each of our major areas of work are below with a short description. Click on the header of these sections and you will find a page dedicated to our progress on each of these goals.
- Ministry Preparation: EDS must prepare students for diverse ministries and careers, lay and ordained, across denomination and faith communities.
- Flexibility and Sustainability: EDS must provide for the long-term financial sustainability of the School.
- Issues: EDS must expand and enhance its teaching on issues of classism, ableism, inter-religious tolerance, and the environment.
- Partnerships: EDS must build a progressive Christian movement, both domestically and abroad.
- Technology: EDS must invest in the necessary upgrade of administrative systems, online services, and data lines for Distributive Learning, webcasting, and new pedagogies arising from educational technologies.
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