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The School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. The Association may be contacted in writing at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110 or by telephone at 412.788.6505. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.).For concerns regarding any accreditation standard, students are advised to contact the office of the dean of The School of Theology, 931.598.1288.
Evaluation of Educational Effectiveness
The School of Theology evaluates its educational effectiveness by tracking the graduation rate and the length of time it takes to graduate. The School also uses assessment of learning outcomes through portfolios and the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire for the M.Div. and M.A. programs. (The GSQ was changed beginning 2014, asking different questions and no longer breaking out responses by degree.) The D.Min. and S.T.M. programs demonstrate educational effectiveness through the evaluation of the thesis/project and through surveys of students and graduates.
We report as “completion rate” the percentage of students who finish their degree within the normal time-to-degree: three years for M.Div., two years for M.A., six years for D.Min. and S.T.M (degrees normally pursued part-time), and one year for DAS. We report as “placement rate” the percentage of graduating students who find employment related to their degree within 18 months of graduation.**
M.Div. Program: 2011–12 Entrants
Completion Rate: 93.3%
Placement Rate: 92.8%
Effectiveness: Direct measures for learning, portfolios, revealed that 98% of graduating students met or exceeded the faculty’s standards for degree objectives. Indirect measures of learning are demonstrated on the chart from the graduate student questionnaire.
M.A. Program: 2012–13 Entrants
Completion Rate: 100%
Placement Rate: 100% of those seeking placement were placed
Effectiveness: Direct measures for learning, portfolios, revealed that 100% of graduating, general-track, students met or exceeded the faculty’s standards for degree objectives. 100% of graduating students concentrating in a particular area successfully completed a research paper. Indirect measures of learning are demonstrated on the chart from the graduate student questionnaire.
D.Min. Program: 2008–09 Entrants
Completion Rate: 66%
Effectiveness: Measured by successful completion of a project and surveys of graduates three years out. The check sheets completed in review of the projects demonstrated 97% adequate or high-level achievement. In surveys, 100% of respondents indicated the degree enhanced his/her ministry.
S.T.M. Program: 2008–09 Entrants
Completion Rate: 50%
Effectiveness: Measured by successful completion of a thesis and surveys of graduates three years out. The check sheets completed in review of the theses demonstrated 100% adequate or high-level achievement. No students responded to the survey this year.
Diploma of Anglican Studies: 2013–14 Entrants
Completion Rate: 100%
Placement Rate: 50%
Effectiveness: Measured by completion and placement. The DAS is designed for those whose M.Div. degree in another theological tradition has not prepared them for employment in the ministry of the Episcopal Church.
The Certificate of Theological Studies recognizes a period of full-time, in-residence study. The educational effectiveness measures are not applicable.
* Students in the D.Min. and S.T.M. programs are normally employed while working towards the degree, so placement rate is not applicable. Note that this S.T.M. cohort was full-time and not working, so the placement rate is applicable this year.
** The School of Theology uses numerical goals of 80% for survey results in the S.T.M. and D.Min. programs. The School of Theology uses numerical goals of 80% for placement for all relevant degree programs. The School of Theology uses 80% as the goal for the completion rate in the M.Div., M.A., and D.A.S. programs, and 80% as the goal for completion rate in the S.T.M. and D.Min. programs.