Statement of Educational Effectiveness

As part of its responsibility for communicating the results of its use of the resources entrusted to it, the seminary is required by its accreditor to post 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.

In the fall of 2010 the seminary began offering totally new curricula in its degree programs.  These curricula are so different from those that preceded them that results from before fall 2010 do not accurately reflect the effectiveness of the current degree programs.  Thus the reports for student satisfaction and retention cover only the academic years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.  The report of placement of graduates cover 2011 and 2012, but since these are graduates from the pre-2010 programs, these results do not necessarily reflect the effectiveness of the current programs.
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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.  LTS uses this questionnaire, but as yet there are no results that apply to the current programs.  Thus we offer the results from the evaluation forms collected at the end of each course.  As GSQ results for the new programs become available, they will be offered here.

2011-2012

Number of Respondents

Satisfaction Score

Goal for  Satisfaction Score

Percentage Above/(Below) Goal

The course contributed to the development of my intellectual understanding of the subject matter.

368

590

441.6

33.61%

The course contributed to the development of practical skills for congregational ministry.

367

549

440.4

24.66%

The course contributed to my spiritual development for the pastor’s life.

367

534

440.4

21.25%

 2010-2011

Number of Respondents

Satisfaction Score

Goal for  Satisfaction Score

Percentage Above/(Below) Goal

The course contributed to the development of my intellectual understanding of the subject matter.

271

417

325.2

28.23%

The course contributed to the development of practical skills for congregational ministry.

272

405

326.4

24.08%

The course contributed to my spiritual development for the pastor’s life.

273

382

327.6

16.61%

RETENTION

The retention rate in all programs for 2010-2011 was 73%.

The retention rate in all programs for 2011-2012 was 94%.
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PLACEMENT

Class of 2012

Full-time Pastorate

Other Ecclestiastical Position

Chaplaincy

Graduate Study

Other

Unknown

M.A.

100%

M.A.P.S.

100%

M.Div.

50%

25%

25%

D.Min.

100%

 

Class of 2011

Full-time Pastorate

Other Ecclestiastical Position

Chaplaincy

Other

Unknown

M.A.

100%

M.A.P.S.
M.Div.

43%

21%

14%

21%

D.Min.

100%