INSPECTORS from the Ministry Division of the Archbishops'
Council have praised the quality of digital learning offered by the
Southern Theological and Training Scheme (STETS), but expressed
concern about the course's financial viability.
A report published last week expresses confidence in STETS in
ten out of 16 criteria; "confidence with qualifications" in five
criteria; and "no confidence" in its "financial policies and
cost-effectiveness", because of concerns about a decrease in
student numbers. A statement from STETS, issued in response, said
that its trustees "have already implemented stringent measures to
ensure STETS' financial viability for the future".
The inspectors were "greatly impressed by the quality of the
Virtual Learning Environment developed by STETS, both in its
quality of content and material and the way it supports distance
STETS is "arguably the most ecumenically embedded course in the
country", the report says. The recent withdrawal of URC students,
however, and the impending with- drawal of Methodist students -
owing to a motion passed by the Methodist Conference - meant that
"STETS becomes for the fore- seeable future an almost exclusively
The full report can be downloaded here.