This will cause some to celebrate, while others to doubt the wisdom of the decision.
Personally, I think ATS knows it’s missing many students to other, world wide recognised institutions such as South African Theological Seminary, and others, that are federal government recognised. So a Ph.D. or Master from SATS, must be recognised, as the other degrees from South African Universities usually are, in the USA, or anywhere in the world.
Some oppose to this type of changes, because they have invested a small fortune to gain their Ph.D., or post-graduate degree. But times change, and these innovations, lest’s hope will raise up a new generation of scholars, from a different perspective.
You can find the article from the ATS’ decision here.