Letter To Donors, Alumni/ae and Friends
At a time when Claremont School of Theology is experiencing its greatest success, we are facing our greatest challenge. Our spring 2017 enrollment of 414 students is our largest in the last 35 years. At CST’s Commencement 2017 ceremonies, I had the pleasure of sharing the School’s most recent accomplishments with our newest alumni/ae:
The Class of 2017 is CST’s largest-ever graduating class. Nearly 80 students received their degrees.
CST also graduated its first class of Hybrid/Online students. We committed to offering a distance learning option just three years ago and now it’s our fastest growing area of interest.
Even while educating more leaders than ever in our 60-year history, because of our financial challenges, our leadership and Board of Trustees have concluded that CST cannot sustain its mission in its current location. We have been diligently exploring many options toward financial stability and a thriving mission and have come to the conclusion that CST’s best path forward may include relocation.
We are working hard to create a new and sustainable model for educating our future leaders who will create a difference for the world we live in. We know that the world needs our voice now more than ever, as evidenced by our rising enrollment.
We acknowledge that any change to our beloved CST will cause discomfort. We ask you to make this courageous journey toward a new vision with us. We will keep you posted on plans and possibilities. Other seminaries are facing this dilemma, too. What gives us an advantage is our world-class faculty, our approach to theological education – people of many faiths learning and living side-by-side – and our Hybrid/Online degree offerings.
We will keep you posted when we have solid plans to announce and will host a series of Town Hall/Conference Call events. We ask for your prayers, your presence at informational meetings, and your continued financial support.