Educational Effectiveness

Statement on Educational Effectiveness

In order to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission and vision to the best of our ability, St. Bernard’s administration, faculty, and staff are involved in a continual process of assessment with regard to our graduate programs and the individual courses within those programs. Feedback from our students is one of the most important elements involved in our attempt to uphold the highest standards of accountability to our institutional vision. Our students’ observations and responses assist us in continually improving the effectiveness of the theological education and ministerial training that students receive at St. Bernard’s.

In order to collect and process student feedback, we employ a survey instrument - the Graduating Student Questionnaire - administered through the Association of Theological Schools, our accrediting institution. Our graduating students rate various aspects of their educational experience at St. Bernard’s. We have provided below the feedback gathered from our most recent graduates (May 2018). The categories and data have been organized to offer a helpful view of the effectiveness of areas that are important to program outcomes and overall formational 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

Educational 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