Accreditation is a primary means of quality assurance in North American higher education and a significant resource for quality improvement. Accreditation has always been associated with peer judgments about quality and has been the work of nongovernmental accrediting agencies. The body recognized as the accrediting agency for The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (“ATS”) is the Commission on Accrediting (“Commission”) of ATS, which is related to but separate from ATS. The purpose of the Commission is "to contribute to the enhancement and improvement of theological education through accreditation... [and to] collect data from all members... for use in accrediting" (Commission Bylaws, Section 1.2).
St. Peter’s Seminary is a proud member of ATS since 1986.