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Statement of Educational Effectiveness: How our graduates rate us and how they progress through their program.

To ensure that its educational programs have their intended impact for the good of the church and world, United engages in regular practices of assessing the effectiveness of its programs.

One of the ways we do this is to ask our graduating students how they think we did during their time with us. The instrument we use for this, the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire, is used by 120-140 accredited seminaries of all types, sizes, and denominations across the United States and Canada. It asks graduates to rate a wide variety of aspects of the education they received and their experience of the school using a scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best).

Here you can find a selection of key scores for United’s academic programs and the comparison scores for all the seminaries that use the Graduating Student Questionnaire (approximately 50% of accredited seminaries in the U.S. and Canada). We hope this helps you make your own assessment of the value of a United education.

RATINGS OF SATISFACTION WITH PROGRESS
IN SKILLS RELATED TO MINISTRY
BY 2012 M.DIV. GRADUATES

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

MINISTERIAL SKILL

GRADUATES of UNITED

ALL SEMINARY GRADUATES

Ability to preach well

4.8

4.2

Ability to use and interpret Scripture

4.8

4.4

Knowledge of church polity

4.1

3.9

Ability to give spiritual direction

3.8

4.0

Ability to teach well

4.2

4.2

Knowledge of church doctrine and history

4.4

4.1

Ability to lead others

4.2

4.1

Ability to conduct worship/liturgy

4.8

4.2

Knowledge of other religious traditions

4.0

3.8

Knowledge of my own religious tradition

4.5

4.2

Ability to relate social issues to faith

4.8

4.2

Ability in pastoral counseling

4.4

4.0

Ability to administer a parish

4.1

3.6

Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics

4.0

4.0

Ability to think theologically

4.8

4.5


RATINGS OF PERSONAL GROWTH
BY 2012 M.DIV. GRADUATES

Scale: 1 = much weaker  2 = weaker  3 = about the same  4 = stronger  5 = much stronger

MINISTERIAL SKILL

GRADUATES of UNITED

ALL SEMINARY GRADUATES

Insight into troubles of others

4.3

4.1

Trust in God

3.9

4.2

Self-discipline and focus

3.8

4.0

Respect for other religious traditions

4.3

4.0

Respect for my own religious tradition

4.3

4.1

Ability to live one’s faith in daily life

4.0

4.0

Clarity of vocational goals

4.3

4.1

Self-confidence

4.1

4.1

Self-knowledge

4.6

4.3

Strength of spiritual life

4.0

4.0


RATINGS OF OVERALL EXPERIENCE
OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
BY ALL 2012 GRADUATES

Scale: 1 = strongly disagree   2 = disagree   3 = neutral   4 = agree   5 = strongly agree

MINISTERIAL SKILL

GRADUATES of UNITED

ALL SEMINARY GRADUATES

Field education/internship has been a helpful experience

4.1

3.9

Faculty were supportive and understanding

4.3

4.4

I have felt accepted within this school community

4.2

4.3

I have grown spiritually

4.2

4.3

My personal faith has been respected

4.2

4.3

I know at least one faculty member well

4.4

4.3

I have been able to integrate theology and the practice of ministry

4.4

4.3

The school has tried to be an inclusive community

4.4

4.2

I have come to know students from other ethnic groups

4.3

4.2

I have made good friends here

4.0

4.3

Seminary was a good experience for my spouse/family

3.4

3.5

I have been able to manage financially

3.7

3.7

I have been satisfied with my academic experience here

3.9

4.4

If I had to do it over, I would still come here

4.0

4.4

Many of our students continue to work while in seminary. Over the past 5 years, on average 67% of our students attended part time. More than half took 4 years or more to finish their degrees. Over the past 5 years the M.Div. retention rate averaged 89%; the M.A. averaged 92%.


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