The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta has been put on probation by its accrediting agency for employing two professors who had not completed their doctoral degrees.
The consortium of six African-American theological schools learned December 8 of its status from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Michael A. Battle, ITC’s new president as of September 3, told Religion News Service the decision came as a surprise to school officials. They had the impression after a September visit from an association committee that they were going to receive a favorable report.
“Our fiscal integrity and fiscal compliance was exceptional,” he said. “Our institutional effectiveness was exceptional. . . . The single thing that affected us was the fact that we had two faculty members in ABD [all but dissertation] status and a policy that allowed us to hire people in ABD status.”