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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 ([email protected] or 847-317-8086). These data are updated annually early in the calendar year after the filing of the annual ATS report.

Applicants and Enrollees (ATS 2016)

Program Number of
Applicants
Acceptances Number of
enrollees
Basic Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
MDiv 113 88 57
MA in _______ (Specific) 36 27 16
NOTE: This includes MA in Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Ministries, Ministry, Urban Ministry
Basic Programs Oriented Toward General Theological Studies
MA 154 133 87
Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
DMin 53 50 35
Advanced Programs Primarily Oriented Toward Theological Research and Teaching
ThM 18 13 11
PhD 111 54 21

Completion Data for Graduates (ATS 2016)

Program < 2 years 2 – < 3 years 3 – < 4 years 4 – < 5 years 5 – < 6 years 6 +
years
Totals
Basic Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
MDiv 1 10 20 10 0 8 49
MA in ______ (Specific) 3 15 3 1 0 1 23
NOTE: This includes MA in Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Ministries, Ministry, Urban Ministry
Basic Programs Oriented Toward General Theological Studies
MA 13 12 14 9 3 10 61
Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Ministerial Leadership
DMin 0 0 0 1 0 9 10
Advanced Programs Oriented Toward Theological Research and Teaching
ThM 3 1 1 0 0 0 5
PhD 0 0 2 1 2 20 25

Position Expected After Graduation for MDiv students (GSQ 2016-2017)

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

MDiv Graduates
Pastor/Priest/Minister 31.30%
Associate Minister/Pastor 21.70%
Educational Minister/Director 3.00%
Youth Work or Ministry 5.80%
Musician or liturgist 0.60%
Spiritual Director 0.70%
Supply ministry 0.20%
Interim ministry 0.60%
Church Planting/Evangelism 2.90%
Unsure (in congregation) 7.20%
Spiritual Direction 0.20%
Campus Ministry 1.20%
Healthcare Chaplaincy 4.90%
Military Chaplaincy 0.50%
Prison Ministry 0.20%
Specialized Ministry: Other 1.10%
Missionary Service 0.80%
Church Administration 0.30%
Secondary/Prep School Teaching 1.40%
Seminary Teaching 0.50%
Other Teaching/Admin in Higher Ed. 0.70%
Social Work/Social Services 1.20%
Social Justice Ministry 1.00%
Pastoral Counselor 0.30%
Exec/Admin of Non-Profit 0.70%
Exec/Admin of For-Profit 0.40%
Further Graduate Study 2.90%
Clerical/Office/Sales 0.30%
Medicine/Engineering/Law 0.30%
Self-employed 0.70%
Other 2.70%
Undecided 3.40%
TOTAL 100.00%
Job Prospects
Offered a New Position 35.00%
Not Offered a Position 37.90%
Continue in the Same Position 18.60%
Seek Further Study 7.20%
Other 1.20%
TOTAL 100%

Position Expected After Graduation for All Other students (Non-MDiv students) (GSQ 2016-2017)

Pastor/Priest/Minister 26.70%
Associate Minister/Pastor 14.80%
Education Minister/Director 3.70%
Youth Work or Ministry 4.80%
Musician or liturgist 0.80%
Spiritual Director 1.00%
Supply Ministry 0.20%
Interim Ministry 0.50%
Church Planting/Evangelism 2.60%
Unsure (in congregation) 6.40%
Spiritual Direction 0.60%
Campus Ministry 1.00%
Healthcare Chaplaincy 3.50%
Military Chaplaincy 0.50%
Prison Ministry 0.20%
Specialized Ministry: Other 1.40%
Missionary Service 1.50%
Church Administration 0.50%
Secondary/Prep School Teaching 2.90%
Seminary Teaching 1.50%
Other Teaching/Admin in Higher Ed. 2.50%
Social Work/Social Services 2.80%
Social Justice Ministry 1.10%
Pastoral Counselor 0.80%
Exec/Admin of Non-Profit 1.40%
Exec/Admin of For-Profit 0.60%
Further Graduate Study 3.10%
Homemaking/Childcare 0.10%
Clerical/Office/Sales 0.50%
Medicine/Engineering/Law 0.80%
Self-employed 1.60%
Other 5.00%
Undecided 4.60%
TOTAL 100.00%
Job Prospects
Offered a New Position 29.20%
Not Offered a Position 32.70%
Continue in the Same Position 25.40%
Seek Further Study 8.60%
Other 4.00%
TOTAL 100%

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First Professional Position Upon Graduation (MDiv) – Alumni Questionnaire 2017

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

Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 47.10%
Ministry in another congregation 29.40%
Campus ministry or youth worker (not in parish/congregation) 5.90%
Missionary service (foreign/home) 5.90%
Other teaching or administration in higher education 5.90%
Other 5.90%
TOTAL 100%

First Professional Position Upon Graduation (MA Professional)

Ministry in another congregation 50%
Social work / social services 50%
TOTAL 100%

First Professional Position Upon Graduation (MA Academic)

Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 20%
Ministry in another congregation 10%
Teaching in primary or secondary education 30%
Social work / social services 20%
Clerical/office/sales 10%
Other 10%
TOTAL 100%

First Professional Position Upon Graduation (All Others)

Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 16.70%
Ministry in another congregation 16.70%
Missionary service (foreign / home) 16.70%
Teaching in primary or secondary education 16.70%
Teaching or administration in a seminary 33.30%
TOTAL 100%

First Professional Position Upon Graduation (All Degree Programs)

Ministry in same congregation as before graduation 29.70%
Ministry in another congregation 24.30%
Campus ministry or youth worker (not in parish/congregation) 2.70%
Missionary service (foreign / home) 5.40%
Teaching in primary or secondary education 10.80%
Teaching or administration in a seminary 5.40%
Other teaching or administration in higher education 2.70%
Social work/ social services 10.80%
Clerical/office/sales 2.70%
Other 5.40%
TOTAL 100%


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MDiv Alumni/ae      MA Professional      All Others

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%


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MDiv Alumni/ae      MA Professional      All Others

Following is a partial list of recent Trinity Evangelical Divinity School graduates service placements:

A Safe Place Zion, IL
Africa International University Nairobi, Kenya
Alexian Brothers Arlington Heights, IL
Arbor Circle Grand Rapids, MI
Assumption Bible Institute Assumption, Paraguay
Bangkok Bible Seminary Bangkok, Thailand
Belkin House – The Salvation Army Vancouver, Canada
Blue Line Church Chicago, IL
Cherry Hill Counseling Center Lake Zurich, IL
Christ Community EFCA Church Kansas City, MO
Christian High School teachers in various locales Pennsylvania
Church planting in various denominations both in the USA and internationally
Church staff and pastoring in various denominations both in the USA and internationally
Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University La Miranda, CA
Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago Chicago, IL
Counselors in private practice
Covenant College Georgia
Covenant Theological Seminary St. Louis, MO
Detroit Baptist Seminary Detroit, MI
DuPage County Health Department Lombard, IL
Eden’s Baptist Church Cambridge, England
Evangel Seminary Hong Kong
Family Development Center Lake Bluff, IL
Glenview Youth Services Glenview, IL
Grosvenor Road Baptist Church Dublin, Ireland
Jefferson Center for Mental Health Lakewood, CO
Kuyper College Grand Rapids, MI
Lake County Mental Health Lake County, IL
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
Lilly Pharmaceuticals Taiwan and Indiana
Lincoln Christian Univeristy Lincoln, IL
Logos Evangelical Seminary Pasadena, CA
Logos Seminary Los Angeles, CA
Moody Bible Institute Chicago, IL
Moody Theological Seminary Chicago, IL
New Heights Christian Fellowship Wesleyan Church Farmington, MN
Ohio Guidestone Cleveland, OH
Presbyterian Homes Retirement Community Illinois
Rawhide Boys Ranch New London, WI
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College Louisville, KY
Spring Tree Counseling Evanston, IL
Taylor University Upland, IN
Thresholds Chicago, IL
Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University La Miranda, CA
Trinity International University Deerfield, IL
University of St. Thomas Houston, TX
US Army
Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church Vancouver
Wheaton College Wheaton, IL
Wycliffe/Tyndale Summer Training Program Toronto, ON

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%