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Educational Effectiveness

Dear Reader:  The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) requires us, as a DOE-approved institution to publish as statement regarding how we asses our educational outcomes. Our statement follows.

STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS FOR PHILLIPS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

In order to assess the overall effectiveness of our educational programs, and contribute to a culture of improvement, the faculty and staff of Phillips Theological Seminary utilize statistical information derived from several different sources.

  • Graduation rates
  • Faculty assessments of graduating student portfolios
  • Graduating student exit evaluations
  • Ministerial appointment rates

 The following report should be of interest to prospective students and potential donors.

GRADUATION RATES

The following is a 10 year review, from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2012, of the graduation rate for our degree programs

Master of Divinity (MDiv), 82-hour program:

  • Our MDiv students took 4.5 years on average to complete the degree.
    • 497 students enrolled.
    • 90 students were still enrolled.
    • 407 students were no longer enrolled:
      • 243 (60%) graduated with the MDiv degree.
      • 24 (6%) transferred to another PTS program.
      • 140 (34%) left before completing the degree.

Master of Arts in Ministry and Culture (MAMC), 48-hour program:

  •  Our MAMC students took 3.3 years on average to complete the degree.
    • 81 students enrolled.
    • 8 students were still enrolled.
    • 73 students were no longer enrolled.
      • 31 (42%) graduated with the MAMC degree.
      • 19 (26%) transferred to another PTS program.
      • 21 (32%) left before completing the degree.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS), 48-hour program:

  • Our MTS students took 4.3 years on average to complete the degree.
    • 41 students enrolled.
    • 5 students were still enrolled.
    • 36 students were no longer enrolled:
      • 13 (36%) graduated with the MTS degree.
      • 12 (33%) transferred to another PTS program.
      • 11 (31%) left before completing the degree.

FACULTY ASSESSMENTS OF GRADUATING STUDENT PORTFOLIOS

For more than a decade, the PTS faculty has used a portfolio review process to help students reflect on their learning goals.

In 2009, the faculty initiated a parallel process to utilize the portfolio process for institutional evaluation.

The faculty judgments are aggregated for the purpose of curriculum evaluation. Advisors judge the extent to which students integrated their studies across the curriculum in ways that demonstrate they achieved the learning goals of their academic program.

MDiv students have three reviews:

  • 30 semester-hour review: Introduction
  • 60 semester-hour review: Insight
  • Exit review: Integration

The examples are shown below, with the results from 20 MDiv graduating students from 2011-2012.

EXIT INTERVIEW-INTEGRATION

  • Well Demonstrated (15 MDiv students)
    • Based on the evidence in the student's portfolio, s/he has well demonstrated and clearly communicated thoughtful integration of intellectual content and academic skills related to this program goal with other disciplines in his/her seminary studies.
  • Consistently Demonstrated (4 MDiv students)
    • Based on the evidence in the student's portfolio, s/he has consistently demonstrated and adequately communicated growing integration of intellectual content and academic skills related to this program goal with other disciplines in his/her seminary studies.
  • Occasionally Demonstrated (1 MDiv student)
    • Based on the evidence in the student's portfolio, s/he has at points demonstrated and occasionally communicated an emerging integration of intellectual content and academic skills related to this program goal with other disciplines in his/her seminary studies.
  • Not Demonstrated (0 MDiv students)
    • Based on the evidence in the student's portfolio, s/he has not yet demonstrated integration of intellectual content and academic skills related to this program goal with other disciplines in his/her seminary studies.

GRADUATING STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE EVALUATIONS

The graduating Student Questionnaire used a 5-point Likert scale:

  • 1 (strongly disagree)
  • 2 (disagree)
  • 3 (neutral)
  • 4 (agree)
  • 5 (strongly agree)

Aggregated responses to several questions regarding student satisfaction with PTS include:

  • I have been satisfied with my academic experience in the MDiv program at PTS.
    • 2007-2008:  4.6
    • 2008-2009:  4.5
    • 2009-2010:  4.3
    • 2010-2011:   4.8
    • 2011-2012:   4.2
  • Faculty were supportive and understanding.
    • 2007-2008:  4.6
    • 2008-2009:  4.6
    • 2009-2010:  4.2
    • 2010-2011:   4.8
    • 2011-2012:   4.3 
  • I have grown spiritually
    • 2007-2008:  4.5
    • 2008-2009:  4.6
    • 2009-2010:   4.3
    • 2010-2011:    4.8
    • 2011-2012:    4.1
  • I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry.
    • 2007-2008:  4.6
    • 2008-2009:  4.6
    • 2009-2010:   4.3
    • 2010-2011:    4.7
    • 2011-2012:    4.6
  •  If I had to do it over, I would still have come here.
    • 2007-2008:  4.8
    • 2008-2009:  4.5
    • 2009-2010:  4.3
    • 2010-2011:   4.8
    • 2011-2012:   4.5

MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENT RATES

PTS strives to provide the educational component and credentials for the denominations that send students to PTS.

In keeping with the polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the ecumenically-minded Protestant denomination with which the theological school is affiliated, Phillips Theological Seminary does not "place" graduates in positions of ministerial service.

Rather, denominations have the right and responsibility to determine the appropriate qualifications for ordained and licensed ministry, to access the fitness for ministry of individual candidates, and to credential persons for ministerial leadership.

PTS graduates, historically, often serve in ministry while attending seminary. They enjoy high placement rates at the time of graduation.

 Year MDiv Students
Non-MDiv Students
(e.g.MAMC, MTS)
2007-2008  58%  70%
2008-2009  80%  83%
2009-2010  79%  73%
2010-2011  67%  67%
2011-2012  72%  25%
Phillips offers Christian graduate theological education in service of intelligent, just, and
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