United Theological Seminary

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for all of its students. The measurements below are among the ways we assess our educational effectiveness. We use these findings to identify and act on areas for improvement in ensuring students are successful in attaining their desired vocation. The following results are for fall 2020.

 

Graduate Vocational Placement

Our graduate vocational placement data is collected from students who graduated the prior spring. The following results represent responding graduates who completed their degree during the 2019–2020 academic year. Eighty percent of responding graduates who were already employed or seeking employment upon graduation either continued or gained employment related to their area of study.

 

Placement Status MA
(Response Rate 88%)
MAL
(Response Rate 100%)
MDiv
(Response Rate 90%)
DMin
(Response Rate 33%)
Overall
(Response Rate 83%)
Currently in a position for which my degree program prepared me. 14% 50% 78% 100% 53%
Degree acquired for personal enrichment rather than vocational reasons. 57% 0% 0% 0% 21%
Pursuing additional education. 14% 0% 0% 0% 5%
Actively seeking placement. 0% 0% 11% 0% 5%
Placement or position other than the above. 14% 50% 11% 0% 16%

 

GRADUATE SATISFACTION

Our graduate satisfaction data is collected each fall from students who completed their degree during the prior academic year. The following results represent responding graduates who completed their degree during the 2019–2020 academic year.

MA MAL MDiv DMin Overall
Overall, I am satisfied with my learning experience at United. 4.00 3.00 3.56 4.00 3.68
My learning experience at United adequately prepared me for my current vocational work. 3.33 3.00 3.33 4.00 3.33
If I could do seminary over again, I would still pursue my degree at United. 3.14 3.00 3.44 4.00 3.32
I would recommend United to a prospective student considering seminary. 3.43 2.50 3.44 4.00 3.37

 

STUDENT DEGREE LEARNING OUTCOMES

We assess student learning for each degree program primarily by determining how well the capstone project each student completes at the end of their program meets the learning outcomes for that degree. Each outcome for each project is scored on a 4-point scale:

4=Exceeds Expectations
3=Meets Expectations
2=Partially Meets Expectations
1=Does Not Meet Expectations

The following scores are for projects completed in the 2020–2021 academic year.

Master’s Degree Mean Scores

Outcome MA Thesis (N=7) MAL Final Project (n=5) MDiv Capstone Project (n=9)
Interpret the founding religious texts of their tradition with proficiency. 3.33 3.40 3.00
Summarize various theological, cultural, and historical expressions of their tradition and meaningfully dialogue with other traditions. 3.29 3.40 3.75
Articulate the theological bases of ethical praxis and demonstrate commitment to justice and public stewardship. 3.43 3.80 3.00
Acquire a significant degree of familiarity with and appreciation for a specified area of study within the academic disciplines of religion/theology. 3.29
Meaningfully engage with an area of study through the performance of skills necessary for rigorous academic research and writing. 3.29
Understand the purposes of and navigate within one or more contexts of vocational practice. 3.80 3.89
Competently and productively engage with less familiar contexts, as defined by culture, religion, or global location. 3.80 3.00
Recognize the arts as creative resources for formational growth, religious reflection, and social engagement in one or more contexts of leadership practice.
Interpret cultural and vocational contexts and identify strategic points of leadership for social transformation. 4.00
Perform practical leadership skills and exercise professional ethics appropriate to one or more contexts of vocational practice. 4.00 3.11
Demonstrate a broad capacity for effective ministerial leadership through the thoughtful integration of knowledge and skills in religious heritage, formation, contextualization, and vocational performance. 3.75

DMin Degree Mean Scores

Outcome DMin Dissertation (n=4)
Exhibit continued growth in spiritual, personal, and moral maturity necessary for grounding professional ethics and conduct in the practice of ministerial leadership. 3.75
Effectively practice ministerial leadership through competent and productive engagement with diverse contexts, as defined by culture, religion, or global location. 3.75
Demonstrate an advanced competency in the praxis of ministerial leadership that combines critical and contextual understanding with reflective theological/religious practice. 3.75
Acquire new knowledge of the praxis of ministerial
leadership through analytic and practical research that engages with various theological and other related disciplines. 3.50

 

Graduation Rate

Our graduation rate is defined as the percentage of students matriculated in each degree who graduate within 200% of the expected completion time for a full-time student in that degree. This translates to 4 years for the MA and MAL degrees, and 6 years for the MDiv and DMin degrees. The following results represent matriculated MA and MAL students admitted in fall 2016 and matriculated MDiv and DMin students admitted in fall 2014 who completed their degrees by the end of August 2020.

Overall (n=46): 59%
Master of Arts (n=7): 29%
Master of Arts in Leadership (n=1): 100%
Master of Divinity (n=31): 68%
Doctor of Ministry (n=7): 43%

 

First Year Retention

Our first year retention rate is defined as the percentage of students who enroll in the fall of a given year who are still enrolled in a degree program in fall of the subsequent year. The following results represent matriculated students who first enrolled in fall 2019 who are still enrolled in fall 2020.

Overall (n=41): 78%
Master of Arts (n=7): 71%
Master of Arts in Leadership (n=6): 83%
Master of Divinity (n=25): 80%
Doctor of Ministry (n=3): 100%