The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Accreditation

Accrediting Agencies

The University of the South is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404.679.4500, for questions about the accreditation of The University of the South.  

The School of Theology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:  M.Div., M.A., D.Min., S.T.M.

The Commission contact information is: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, 10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh, Pa., 15275 USA

Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510
Website: www.ats.edu

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 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 - 2010-11 Entrants
Completion Rate: 95.6%
Placement Rate: 95.8%
Effectiveness: Direct measures for learning, portfolios, revealed that 99% of graduating students met or exceeded the faculty’s standards for degree objectives. Indirect measures of learning are demonstrated on the chart from graduate student questionnaire.

M.A. Program - 2010-11 Entrants
Completion Rate: 100%
Placement Rate: 100% of those seeking placement were placed
Effectiveness: Direct measures for learning, portfolios, revealed that 83% 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 graduate student questionnaire. No MA students completed the questionnaire for 2013, so the 2012 chart remains as the most recent data.

D.Min. Program – 2007-08 Entrants
Completion Rate: 75%
Placement Rate*
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 100% adequate or high level achievement. In surveys, 100% of respondents indicated the degree enhanced his/her ministry.

S.T.M. Program – 2007-08 Entrants
Completion Rate: 100%
Placement Rate* 100%
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. In surveys, 100% of respondents indicated the degree provided a fuller mastery of one area of theological study.

Diploma of Anglican Studies – 2012-13 Entrants
Completion Rate: 100%
Placement Rate: 100%
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.