Educational Effectiveness

The faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is committed to designing effective programs and the concomitant evaluation of those programs in accordance with the mission of the School “to serve the church of the Living God by equipping servants for the work of the gospel of Christ worldwide” (Catalog). As such, there are a variety of academic programs offered at the school with varied purposes, objectives, and student learning outcomes.

Indicators of program effectiveness for these programs are numerous. Such indicators include both institutional and participant self-reported data that help to ensure congruence of vocational intention and theological education.

To aid in consistent and reliable reporting, some of the evaluative processes include reports to the Association of Theological Schools, our professional accrediting association. The institutional Annual Report to ATS (noted below as ATS), the ATS Entering and/or Graduating Student Questionnaire (administered annually since 1996, and noted below as ESQ or GSQ), and the ATS Alumni/ae Questionnaire (administered in Spring 2012 to alumni/ae from Spring 2004 – Spring 2011, noted AQ) provide some of these data. The regular administration of these studies also enables longitudinal analysis of program effectiveness.

The following is a summary of those reports. Specific questions about the data, or its reporting and analysis may be directed to the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Office of the Dean (TEDSdean@tiu.edu or 847-317-8086). These data are updated annually early in the calendar year after the filing of the annual ATS report.

Program Number of
Applicants
Acceptances Number of
enrollees
Basic Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
MDiv 204 197 107
MA in _______ (Specific) 63 62 40
NOTE: This includes MA in Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Ministries, Ministry, Urban Ministry
Basic Programs Oriented Toward General Theological Studies
MA 116 114 61
Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
DMin 21 16 5
Advanced Programs Primarily Oriented Toward Theological Research and Teaching
ThM 40 38 13
PhD 61 44 21

Completion Data for Graduates (ATS)
Fall 2011

Program < 2 years 2 – < 3 yers 3 – < 4 years 4 – < 5 years 5 – < 6 years 6 +
years
Totals
Basic Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
MDiv 0 5 34 32 11 5 87
MA in ______ (Specific) 3 13 18 5 2 1 42
NOTE: This includes MA in Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Ministries, Ministry, Urban Ministry
Basic Programs Oriented Toward General Theological Studies
MA 8 16 16 10 0 9 59
Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
DMin 0 0 0 0 6 16 22
Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Theological Research and Teaching
ThM 2 2 0 1 0 0 5
PhD 0 0 2 6 3 4 15

Position Expected After Graduation
Spring 2012

These data provided by new graduates reveal expectations of initial ministry position by degree area.

MDiv Graduates
Parish ministry 34.1%
Campus ministry 7.3%
Inner-city ministry 4.9%
Foreign missions 4.9%
Youth ministry 12.2%
Further graduate study 4.9%
Other 22.0%
Undecided 4.9%
None 4.9%
TOTAL 100%
Offered a Position Yes // 59%
No // 40.5%
Non-MDiv Graduates (GSQ T-21)
Parish ministry 12.1%
College / university teaching 7.1%
Seminary teaching 7.1%
Social work / services 6.1%
Foreign missions 9.1%
Other 36.4%
Undecided 13.1%
None 9.1%
TOTAL 100%
Offered a Position Yes // 50.5%
No // 49.5%
ALL STUDENTS
Senior or solo pastorate 7.6%
Associate or assistant pastoral 21.5%
Parachurch ministry 6.9%
Missions 13.9%
Education 11.1%
Counseling 7.6%
Pursuing further education 10.4%
Non-church organization 16.0%
Other 4.9%
TOTAL 99.9%

First Professional Position Upon Graduation
Spring 2012

In a similar fashion, these data provided by alumni/ae reveal the actual first professional posting.

MDiv Alumni/ae (AQ t-10A)
Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 29.4%
Ministry in another congregation 38.8%
Campus ministry or youth worker (not in a congregation) 4.7%
Other 27.1%
TOTAL 100%
MA Professional Programs (AQ T-10B)
Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 20%
Ministry in another congregation 30%
Prison ministry 10%
Missionary service (foreign / home) 10%
Teaching in primary or secondary school 10%
Social work / social services 10%
Other 10%
TOTAL 100%
All others (AQ T-10c)
Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 28.1%
Ministry in another congregation 12.5%
Missionary service (foreign / home) 10.9%
Teaching or administration in a seminary 14.1%
Other 34.4%
TOTAL 100%


Alumni/ae Length of Time to Obtain First Paid Professional Position (AQ T-11)
Spring 2012 

An important criterion to understand the length of time necessary to find the first appointment. TEDS offers placement services for all graduates, including regular visits by a variety of church and denominational officials.

MDiv
Working at graduation 28.8%
Less than six months 42.5%
Six months to a year 12.5%
One to two years 8.8%
Longer than two years 7.5%
TOTAL 100.1%
MA Professional
Working at graduation 71.4%
Less than six months 14.3%
Six months to a year 14.3%
One to two years 0%
Longer than two years 0%
TOTAL 100%
All Others
Working at graduation 58.3%
Less than six months 20%
Six months to a year 8.3%
One to two years 10%
Longer than two years 3.3%
TOTAL 99.9%

Alumni/ae Current Employment Setting
Spring 2012 

An important criterion to understand the length of time necessary to find the first appointment. TEDS offers placement services for all graduates, including regular visits by a variety of church and denominational officials.

Those currently serving in a Congregation/Parish (AQ T-16A)
Sole pastor, priest, minister 27.6%
Head of staff (priest or minister supervising other clergy staff) 17.1%
Associate or assistant pastor, priest, or minister 36.8%
Other 18.5%
TOTAL 100%
Those currently not service in a congregation/parish (AQ T-15)
Missionary service (foreign / home) 9.6%
Teaching or administration in a seminary 8.2%
Other teaching or administration in higher education 24.7%
Other 39.7%
Currently not employed 17.8%
TOTAL 100%

MDiv Alumni/ae, Congregations, and the Church
Spring 2012 

MDiv alumni in particular are many times practicioners in the congregational context.  These data reveal their perceptions of preparation and educational effectiveness.

Very well 4
Very well in some areas, lacking in others 3
Lacking in key areas 2
Very inadequately 1
How well theological education prepared mdiv alumni/ae for current work (AQ T-24)
Average S.D.
Currently working in a congregation 3.3 0.6
Currently not working in a congregation 3.2 0.7
Very effective 4
Effective 3
Ineffective 2
Very ineffective 1
MDiv alumni/ae working in a congregation perception of “effectiveness of education in four areas of study” (AQ T-21)
Average S.D.
Understanding of religious heritage 3.6 0.7
Understanding of the cultural context of religious work 3 0.8
Development in personal and spiritual formation 2.9 1
Capacity for ministerial and public leadership 3.1 0.8

As the standard professional program for ministerial leadership, and thus ordination and licensing, these data reveal the MDiv alumni/ae pursuing such.  It should be noted many alumni are not ordained until serving several years in the ministry, and this sample includes those who completed their MDiv in the past six years.

Mdiv alumni/ae who are ordained or licensed (AQ T-8)
Ordained or equivalent status 39.8%
Licensed, but not ordained 18.3%
Neither 41.9%
TOTAL 100%

Alumni/ae: Preparation for Professional Work
Spring 2012 

As a seminary preparing persons for professional work in a variety of settings, the following notes areas of particular preparation.

Area in which Teds “Best prepared you” (AQ -#4)
Building relationships with people 5.1%
Counseling strategies and techniques 7.9%
Financial management 0.6%
General leadership 6.8%
Missions/evangelism understanding 14.7%
Personal spiritual formation 10.2%
Preaching 24.3%
Other 30.4%
TOTAL 100%
Area in which Teds “could have better prepared you” (AQ -#3)
Building relationships with people 9.6%
Counseling strategies and techniques 7.9%
Financial management 6.8%
General leadership 23.7%
Missions/evangelism understanding 2.3%
Personal spiritual formation 10.2%
Preaching 4.5%
Working with church boards 14.1
Other 20.9%
TOTAL 100%

Alumni/ae: Three Most Lasting Influences of Education Other Than Course Work (AQ T-22)
Spring 2012 

Program effectiveness is measured not only in the classroom, but beyond as well.  These data note the broader impact of program effectiveness.

Alumni/AE: Lasting influences
Interactions with faculty 18.7%
Experiences in ministry 14.4%
Introductions to different perspectives 11.9%
Interactions with students 13.6%
Personal life experiences 11.5%
Other 29.9%
TOTAL 100%


Alumni/ae: Respondents Earning or Having Earned an Additional Degree (AQ T-4)
Spring 2012 

Many TEDS program participants expect to pursue an additional degree.  These indicate those pursuing further education.

Those currently in a congregation
No degree earned 81.9%
Currently earning a degree 9.6%
Degree earned 8.4%
TOTAL 99.9%


MDiv Alumni/ae: Percentage of Respondents Who Would Choose to Attend the Same Seminary Again (AQ T-28)

If a TEDS education was not effective, and the program was deficient, there would be little interest in “attending the same seminary again.”  These data reveal a definite interest in attending TEDS again.

MDiv alumni/ae in congregations
Definitely yes 63%
Probably yes 25.9%
Uncertain 5.6%
Probably not 5.6%
Definitely not 0%
TOTAL 99.9%