Back to School 2023: Academic Update

I’ve said on many occasions that organizations are continually organizing and re-organizing around mission and strategy. Some times these occurrences are expected and sometimes they are unexpected. What remains central in the midst of seemingly rapid change is the anchor of an organization mission and purpose. Even “strategic planning” can become a hindrance if it ignores the possibilities of fast changes for those within our organization, those the organization serves, or the wider context (or “industry”) in which the organization carries out its mission.

As we continue this series at the start of another new academic year I want to take a moment and highlight a few areas where we continue to respond to changing circumstances and new opportunities

  • Winebrenner launched a new year of teaching at the Marion Correctional Institution. A new opportunity is that we are also entering the Toledo Correctional Institution this fall. Almost 50 students are able to participate in these educational experiences.
  • Today was the first meeting of the “Self-Study” teams for accreditation visits that will take place in 2024 and 2025. For those unfamiliar with the accreditation process, Winebrenner has voluntary relationships with the Association for Theological Schools (ATS), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Our graduate courses are in their third week and are receiving positive feedback from students and faculty. Winebrenner has three levels of education – Institute, masters, and doctoral. Each is starting strong this fall.

For those on the Winebrenner mailing list, you received the message that Dr. Mary Iiames, Assistant Professor of Clinical Counseling, will be serving as Winebrenner’s Interim Chief Academic Officer (CAO) beginning on next Thursday, September 21 and serving in that role through at least December 31, 2023.

Dr. Bruce Coats, current Academic Dean, is serving as CAO through Wednesday, September 20, and will continue teaching two courses for the duration of this fall term.

We continue to move forward in the midst of continual change and adjustment. In coming weeks we’ll be sharing more about how we are continuing to serve students, steward our resources, and keep the cost of education low for all.

  • Brent C. Sleasman, PhD, President