Statement of Educational Effectiveness

As part of its responsibility for communicating the results of its use of the resources entrusted to it, the seminary posts an annual statement of educational effectiveness. There are many ways to measure educational effectiveness. This statement uses three relatively simple measures: a report of student satisfaction with the growth their studies have produced; a report of the retention rate for the seminary’s degree programs; a report of the placement of its graduates.


STUDENT SATISFACTION

A common way for seminaries to measure students’ satisfaction with their education is to collect the Graduating Student Questionnaire developed by the Association of Theological Schools. This allows for a comparison of the levels of satisfaction expressed by the school’s own graduates (LTS scores) with the average levels of satisfaction expressed by graduates in the same year across the country (ATS scores). Here are the results from the class of 2014.


SATISFACTION WITH EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS IN AREAS OF
PERSONAL GROWTH RELEVANT TO MINISTRY

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Scale
1 = very dissatisfied     2 = dissatisfied     3 = neutral     4 = satisfied     5 = very satisfied
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Question:
How satisfied are you with your growth in
Lexington TS Score (M.Div.)
n = 6

ATS Score for M.Div.
n = 3,266

Lexington TS Score (others)
n = 6
ATS Score for others
n = 1,094

Empathy for the poor and oppressed
4.8
4.0
5.0
3.7
Ability to pray
4.2
3.6
4.7
3.4
Concern about social justice
4.8
4.0
4.8
3.7
Enthusiasm for learning
4.5
4.2
4.7
4.3
Insight into troubles of others
4.7
4.0
4.3
3.8
Desire to become an authority in my field
4.7
3.9
4.8
4.2
Trust in God
4.5
4.1
4.8
4.1
Self-discipline and focus
4.5
4.0
4.7
4.2
Respect for other religious traditions
4.3
4.1
4.7
3.9
Respect for my own religious tradition
4.5
4.3
4.8
4.1
Ability to live my faith in daily life
4.5
4.0
4.8
4.0
Clarity of vocational goals
4.2
3.9
4.5
3.9
Self-confidence
4.7
4.0
4.7
4.0
Self-knowledge
4.8
4.2
4.5
4.1
Strength of spiritual life
4.5
3.9
4.7
3.9


SATISFACTION WITH EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS IN AREAS OF
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL RELEVANT TO MINISTRY

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Scale
1 = very dissatisfied     2 = dissatisfied     3 = neutral     4 = satisfied     5 = very satisfied
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Question:
How satisfied are you with your growth in
Lexington TS Score (M.Div.)
n = 6
ATS Score for M.Div.
n = 3,266
Lexington TS Score (others)
n = 6
ATS Score for others
n = 1,094
Ability to preach well
4.2
4.1
4.0
3.7
Ability to use and interpret Scripture
4.8
4.5
4.4
4.1
Knowledge of church polity/canon law
4.8
3.9
4.3
3.4
Ability to give spiritual direction
4.0
3.9
4.4
3.9
Ability to teach well
4.3
4.0
4.4
4.1
Knowledge of church doctrine and history
4.7
4.2
4.2
3.9
Ability to lead others
4.8
4.0
4.4
4.0
Ability to conduct worship/liturgy
4.7
4.0
4.6
3.6
Ability to interact effectively with those of religious traditions other than my own
4.0
4.0
4.4
3.9
Ability to work effectively within my own religious tradition
4.8
4.1
4.4
4.0
Ability to interact effectively with those from cultural and racial/ethnic contexts other than my own
4.3
4.0
4.6
4.0
Awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced
4.0
4.1
4.8
4.0
Ability to work effectively with both women and men
4.5
4.2
4.8
4.1
Ability to relate social issues to faith
5.0
4.2
4.6
4.1
Ability in pastoral counseling
4.5
3.9
4.4
3.7
Ability to administer a parish
4.2
3.4
4.4
3.4
Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics
4.7
4.1
4.6
4.0
Ability to think theologically
4.8
4.5
4.4
4.4
Ability to integrate insights from science into theology and ministry
4.5
3.6
4.4
3.7
Ability to integrate ecological concerns into theology and ministry
4.8
3.6
4.4
3.5


SATISFACTION WITH THE SCHOOL’S EDUCATIONAL
SERVICES AND RESOURCES

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Scale
1 = very dissatisfied     2 = dissatisfied     3 = neutral     4 = satisfied     5 = very satisfied
________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Question:
How satisfied are you with your growth in
Lexington TS Score (M.Div.)
n = 6
ATS Score for M.Div.
n = 3,266
Lexington TS Score (others)
n = 6
ATS Score for others
n = 1,094
Accessibility of faculty
4.0
4.2
4.2
4.2
Quality of teaching
4.7
4.3
4.5
4.4
Class size
4.7
4.3
4.2
4.5
Ease in scheduling required courses
3.7
3.8
3.7
4.2
Distance education
5.0
3.4
4.3
3.8
School website and internet-based resources
4.8
3.7
4.7
3.8
School’s technology (IT) infrastructure
4.7
3.5
4.7
3.7
Access to library collection
4.3
4.3
4.5
4.2
Adequacy of library collection
4.8
4.3
4.5
4.2
Writing and research support
4.6
3.9
4.2
4.0
Accessibility of administrative/staff support
4.8
4.2
4.3
4.2
Academic advising
4.5
3.7
4.3
4.0
Spiritual formation
4.2
3.8
4.3
3.8
Career/vocational counseling
3.6
3.2
4.0
3.3
Pastoral care
4.8
3.7
3.8
3.5
Financial aid
4.4
3.9
4.0
3.5
Student debt and finance counseling
4.0
3.3
3.3
3.1


SATISFACTION WITH THE OVERALL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

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Scale
1 = very dissatisfied     2 = dissatisfied     3 = neutral     4 = satisfied     5 = very satisfied
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Question:
Do you agree or disagree with these statements
Lexington TS Score (M.Div.)
n = 6
ATS Score for M.Div.
n = 3,266
Lexington TS Score (others)
n = 6
ATS Score for others
n = 1,094
I have been satisfied with my academic experience here.
5.0
4.4
4.5
4.5
Field education/internship has been a helpful experience.
4.8
4.2
3.8
3.4
Faculty were supportive and understanding.
4.8
4.4
4.3
4.4
I have felt accepted within this school community.
5.0
4.3
4.3
4.3
I have grown spiritually
4.7
4.4
4.8
4.4
My faith is stronger than when I came.
4.8
4.3
4.5
4.2
My personal faith has been respected.
4.7
4.3
5.0
4.4
Individuals of other faith traditions have been respected
4.8
4.2
4.8
4.3
I know at least one faculty member well.
5.0
4.3
3.8
4.3
I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry.
5.0
4.4
4.5
4.4
The school has tried to be a diverse and inclusive community.
4.8
4.2
5.0
4.3
I have come to know students from other racial, ethnic, and cultural groups.
4.8
4.3
4.8
4.2
I have made good friends here.
4.8
4.4
4.2
4.2
Seminary was good experience for my spouse/family.
3.8
3.6
3.8
3.6
Commuting increased the time it took to complete my program. [Note: for this statement only a lower score is better.]
1.7
2.7
1.8
2.8
I have been able to manage financially.
4.2
3.7
3.3
3.9
If I had to do it over, I would still come here.
5.0
4.3
4.5
4.4

 

RETENTION

  • The retention rate for all programs for 2010-2011 was 73%.
  • The retention rate for all programs for 2011-2012 was 94%.
  • The retention rate for all programs for 2012-2013 was 88%.
  • The retention rate for all programs for 2013-2014 was 86%.


PLACEMENT


Class of 2014

(at graduation)

Full-time Pastorate
Part-time Pastor or Other Ecclesiastical Position
Chaplaincy
In Search and Call
Graduate Study
Other



Unknown
Certificate
20% (1)
60% (3)
20% (1)
M.T.S.
M.P.S.
M.Div.
33% (2)
16% (1)
16% (1)
33% (2)
D.Min.
100% (1)

Class of 2013
(one year after graduation)

Full-time Pastorate
Part-time Pastor or Other Ecclesiastical Position
Chaplaincy
In Search and Call
Graduate Study
Other



Unknown
Certificate
100% (4)
M.T.S.
M.P.S.
100% (1)
M.Div.
100% (1)
D.Min.
100% (1)

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