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The Future of Fuller

Our world, and Fuller Seminary’s place in it, is at a historic moment of disruption and opportunity. As we lean into change, we must thoughtfully examine Fuller’s place in higher education and in the wider world. We must rethink our institutional structure, program offerings, and even the location of our main campus in order to revitalize our vision of forming global leaders for kingdom vocations in a way that makes the most impact in the 21st century. Continue to visit this page for updated information about changes at Fuller, our move from the Pasadena campus, and the opportunities that await us in the coming season.

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Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller

As many of you know, last month brought important decisions by our Board of Trustees toward which we have been working since May of 2018, when the board made the historic decision to sell Fuller’s Pasadena campus. At that time the challenge was to consolidate business and educational models to assure Fuller’s sustainability and to orient us toward a new era of theological learning. Divisional leaders and the Future of Fuller Working Group were tasked with considering the missional, financial, educational, and visionary details around such a decision, and to present recommendations to the board.

So much change has occurred in the interim between that 2018 meeting and last week’s…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Renewed Alumni Relationships

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

Among the commitments of Chief of Philanthropy Brent Assink and his team in Development and Fuller Foundation are renewed alumni relationships. Last summer, they crafted a survey to which 1,200 alumni responded. Two particularly important data points, says Assink, were “very strong loyalty and positive feelings towards Fuller, and a correspondingly deep desire to feel…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Plans for a Balanced Budget

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

The Future of Fuller Working Group recommendations to the board equal $6.4 million in financial improvements comprising revenue increases, budget reductions, removing items from the multi-year plan, and more. Of the $6.4 million in financial improvements, $4.6 million are budget reductions that will happen over three years (FY20–FY22). These reductions are in addition to budget…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Changes to Fuller’s Educational Business Model

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

Proposed and recent changes to Fuller’s educational business model are both structural and programmatic. Structural changes include the decision to sustain the three school model but consolidate three deans into two: School of Psychology (SOP) and School of Intercultural Studies with the School of Theology (SIS/SOT). This will facilitate greater integration between the two schools…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Inclusion and Equity

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

Greater inclusion and equity has been emphasized in every level of authority and in every department on campus, even though diversity has been sought after and appreciated by Fuller for decades. This past year Fuller has pushed for change in leadership with the addition of three new trustees, Nicholas Braithwaite, Nicholas Pearce, and Katherine Herrick…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Pasadena Sale/Pomona Campus Build Update

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

Pasadena sale Detailed considerations around an assemblage as unique and yet complicated as Fuller’s has meant that specifics of sale price, closing dates, and leaseback rates between Fuller and the buyers with whom we have entered into an agreement are complicated and fluid. This can (and has) affected design and capacity plans downstream. This is…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Accreditation Update

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

In the past six months, Fuller has sustained a breathtaking whirl of nine accreditation visits (four to Pasadena, two to Houston, two to Phoenix, and one to Irvine) by our three accreditors (the American Psychological Association, the Association of Theological Schools, and WASC Senior College and University Commission). This flurry of accreditation activity reflects a…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Core Commitments

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

In order to have guiding principles around the challenge both to be a “new Fuller” in all the necessary ways when we arrive in our new spaces as well as to continue to be “the same Fuller” in equally important ways, the divisional leaders, mission advancement committee, the Future of Fuller Working Group, and a…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Three Channels for Fuller Scholarship

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

As the landscape of higher education continues to shift, we have been working to find new ways to offer Fuller’s wealth of research and scholarship to as many people as possible. Our strategy now includes three distinct channels for people all over the globe to benefit from Fuller’s resources: Fuller Seminary provides the same rigorous,…

Fuller’s Core Commitments and Updates on the Future of Fuller: Workplace Distribution (Pomona, Houston, Phoenix, Virtual, Lease Options)

By Britt Vaughan | June 3, 2019

Considerations around the holistic use of our physical assets has led to a discussion of workplace distribution organized in three areas: what we own, what we might lease, and how we might work virtually. The Pasadena campus is in the process of being sold; land in Pomona has been secured to build a new campus…

Amos Yong Announced Dean of SOT and SIS in Historic New Structure

By Britt Vaughan | April 15, 2019

Fuller Seminary is excited to announce that Amos Yong has been named to serve as dean of  both the School of Theology (SOT) and the School of Intercultural Studies (SIS), marking a historic new structure for the institution,* effective July 1. Under one dean, the coordination and integration of curriculum and degrees in SIS and…

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