Our Transformative Future:

2017-2018 Institutional Priorities

Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

Pacific School of Religion’s vision and values must be clearly evident in the excellence and effectiveness of our academic and curricular programs. This coming year will represent a significant step towards integrating our renewed vision, by responding to changes in the church, higher education, and the broader society—particularly around demographic shifts.

Our considerable resources in faculty, staff, and partnerships, together with targeted financial resources approved by the Board of Trustees to create of a new Leadership Intensive and the Innovation Grant we received from Association of Theological Schools to review our curriculum, give us a unique opportunity to embody our vision more fully through our programs.

  • Launch leadership intensive through the Ignite Institute
  • Develop a “stackable curriculum”
  • Improve assessment and institutional research capabilities
  • Review faculty resources

Student Recruitment and Retention


Financial Health


Administration and Leadership

Strategic Values and Outcomes 2020

Our institutional priorities are grounded in these values:

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion will build strength through diversity in our student body, faculty, staff, and board through curriculum, resource allocation, and partnerships, committing to more closely reflect the growing diversity in the country, particularly in California, in terms of its ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious diversity. Moving beyond representational diversity, we will prepare leaders of all backgrounds who can effectively challenge white privilege and racism and who have the tools to transform congregations, organizations, and businesses into more just and inclusive communities.

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion will have achieved financial equilibrium while broadening access (particularly for under-represented individuals and communities) and demonstrating the value of our program offerings.

By May 1, 2020, graduates of Pacific School of Religion will be demonstrably prepared and recognized as theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation, within and beyond the church. Our leadership formation will be marked by innovation, diversity, and effectiveness.

By May 1, 2020, Pacific School of Religion’s leadership—faculty, staff, administration, and board—will embody a vision of education that is clear about what we can offer the church and the world as well as what we can learn, taking fuller advantage of the culture, innovation, economy, and environment of our immediate context and our broad-reaching networks.