Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Earlham School of Religion’s mission to “prepare women and men for leadership that empowers and for ministry that serves” carries with it a commitment to educational programs that effectively accomplish this goal. ESR has developed a robust assessment process for its MA and MDiv graduate degree programs that reviews a wide range of measures including retention, completion, and vocational placement rates, entering and graduating student surveys, alumni/ae and employer surveys, and a formal review of capstone course rubric scores and sample assignments.

Part of this process involves the recognition of the limitations of these measurements. Satisfaction with a program, for instance, may or may not correlate to academic success. From another angle, successful discernment may for some students mean that they are not called to complete a graduate degree. Nonetheless, it is our hope that through the use of a variety of measures we can gather a picture of overall effectiveness as well as areas for continued growth and development.

ATS Annual Report - MDiv completions for the previous academic year

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

TOTAL

5-yr avg

 

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

 

 

< 2 yrs

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

2 to < 3 yrs

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1.69%

3 to < 4 yrs

1

5

0

4

3

3

1

3

0

0

20

33.90%

4 to < 5 yrs

1

1

1

5

0

5

0

2

1

0

16

27.12%

5 to < 6 yrs

1

2

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

2

10

16.95%

6 + yrs

0

1

4

2

0

1

3

0

0

1

12

20.34%

TOTAL

3

9

5

11

3

12

4

7

2

3

59

 

                         

ATS Annual Report - MA completions for the previous academic year

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

TOTAL

5-yr avg

 

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

 

 

< 2 yrs

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

2 to < 3 yrs

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

3

42.86%

3 to < 4 yrs

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

14.29%

4 to < 5 yrs

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

28.57%

5 to < 6 yrs

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

6 + yrs

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

14.29%

TOTAL

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

7

 

 


 

ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire - Overall Experience during Theological Program*

 

 

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

AVERAGE

Number of respondents

7

15

7

9

10

12

4

 

Academic satisfaction

4.6

4.1

4.3

4.5

4.6

4

4

4.3

Would do over

4.8

4.2

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.3

4

4.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

 

Knowledge of Church Doctrine & History

4

3.7

4

4

3.9

4.2

5

4.1

Ability to Lead Others

4

3.8

4.2

4.2

4.1

4.2

4.3

4.1

Ability to Interact with Other Traditions

3.8

3.3

4

3.8

4.1

4.5

4.7

4.0

Ability to Interact with Own Tradition

4.2

3.9

4.3

4.3

4.3

4.3

4.3

4.2

Ability to Interact with Other Cultural/Racial/Ethnic Contexts (added 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

4.3

4.7

4.5

Awareness of Global Context of Ministry (added 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

4.3

4.7

4.5

Knowledge of Christian Philosophy and Ethics

4

3.5

4.5

3.8

3.8

4.5

4

4.0

Ability to Think Theologically

4.5

3.9

4.8

4

4.2

4.7

5

4.4

                 
                 

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being very satisfied

               

 


 

Alumni/ae Survey

 

 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

Average

Number of respondents

6

14

6

5

 

Overall - satisfied to very satisfied*

100

100

100

100

100.0

Preparation for current work - well to very well

100

77

83.3

100

90.1

Knowledge of Christian heritage - effective to very effective

83.4

92.8

100

100

94.1

Knowledge of Denominational heritage - effective to very effective

100

83.8

83.4

80

86.8

Knowledge of Cultural Context - effective to very effective

60

64.3

100

100

81.1

Development of Personal and Spiritual Formation - effective to very effective

83.4

92.9

100

100

94.1

Preparation for Ministerial and Public Leadership - effective to very effective

83.4

78.5

66.7

80

77.2

Ability to Critically Evaluate Arguments - effective to very effective

66.7

92.9

100

60

79.9

*As a percentage of respondents

 


 

ATS Annual Report - Placement Data for MDiv Graduates

 

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

 

 

 

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

TOTAL

4-yr avg

Vocational

2

7

4

10

1

12

1

5

42

77.78%

Non-Vocational

0

2

1

1

2

0

1

1

8

14.81%

Further Study

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Seeking

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.85%

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

5.56%

Unknown

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

TOTAL

3

9

5

11

3

12

4

7

54

 

                     
                     
                     

ATS Annual Report - Placement Data for MA Graduates

 

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

 

 

 

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

Men

Women

TOTAL

4-yr avg

Vocational

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

16.67%

Non-Vocational

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

16.67%

Further Study

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

4

66.67%

Seeking

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Other

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

Unknown

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

TOTAL

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

1

6