Educational Effectiveness

Statement on Educational Effectiveness

One of the key elements of the curriculum is incorporating learning outcomes and assessment at program and individual course levels. As part of this evaluation, we receive feedback on the effectiveness of the theological education and ministerial training that students have gone through at St. Bernard’s. This process of ongoing feedback and assessment would help us to continually improve the effectiveness of what we do. For obtaining feedback, we have used a survey instrument, the Graduating Student Questionnaire, administered through the Association of Theological Schools in the US and Canada. The graduating students rate various aspects of their educational experience at St. Bernard’s. Provided below are feedback from our most recent graduates (2015) on some key aspects of their theological education and ministerial preparation at St. Bernard’s.  The categories and data have been simplified and organized to offer a snap-shot into areas that are important to program outcomes and overall formation components.

Educational Effectiveness in Facilitating Skill Areas

1-Very dissatisfied,  2 – Dissatisfied,  3 – Neutral,  4 – Satisfied,  5 – Very Satisfied

Knowledge and Skills MAPS & MDiv (avg)
Knowledge of church doctrine and history 4.4
Knowledge of my own religious tradition 4.4
Knowledge of church polity/canon law 4.1
Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics 4.7
Knowledge of other religious traditions 4.4
Ability to use and interpret Scripture 4.6
Ability to think theologically 4.8
Ability to preach well 4.2
Ability to teach well 4.1
Ability to relate social issues to faith 4.5
Ability to conduct worship/liturgy 4.2
Ability to administer a parish 3.8
Ability in pastoral care 4.3

Eduacational Effectiveness and Personal Growth 

1-Very dissatisfied,  2 – Dissatisfied,  3 – Neutral,  4 – Satisfied,  5 – Very Satisfied

Personal Attributes/Attitudes All graduates (avg)
Enthusiasm for learning 4.6
Respect for my own religious tradition 4.4
Respect for other religious tradition 4.4
Concern for social justice 4.3
Ability to live one’s faith in daily life 4.4
Insight into troubles of others 4.2
Self-confidence 4.3
Self-knowledge 4.4
Ability to pray 4.2
Strength of spiritual life 4.4
Clarity of vocational goals 4.0

Overall Experience during Theological Program

1-Very dissatisfied,  2 – Dissatisfied,  3 – Neutral,  4 – Satisfied,  5 – Very Satisfied

Aspects of Experience All graduates (avg)
I have been satisfied with my academic experience here 4.8
Faculty were supportive and understanding 4.9
I felt accepted within this school community 4.8
My personal faith has been respected 4.8
My faith is stronger than when I came 4.6
The school has tried to be a diverse and inclusive community 4.7
I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry 4.5
Field education/internship has been a helpful experience 4.5
I have grown spiritually 4.7
Commuting increased the time it took to complete the program 2.1
If I had to do it over, I would still come here 4.8