Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Statement of Educational Effectiveness (updated 10-18-13)

Mission

The Mission of Talbot School of Theology is the development of disciples of Jesus Christ, whose thought processes, character and lifestyles reflect those of our Lord, and who are dedicated to disciple making throughout the world. The objectives that form the general context for our degree programs include theological training, spiritual development, and ministry skill development.

Graduates of Talbot School of Theology report great satisfaction with Talbot’s quality of instruction, particularly in the areas of academics, spiritual life, and ministry skill development.

Theological Training

The theological position of Talbot School of Theology is Christian, Protestant, and theologically conservative. The school earnestly endeavors to make these doctrinal positions a vital reality in the spiritual life of this present generation.

Graduates report that they are highly satisfied with Talbot academic life in the following areas: their ability to think theologically, to use and interpret Scripture, to gain knowledge on church doctrine and history, to teach well, and to preach well. They strongly agree that their faith became stronger at Talbot, and that they are able to integrate theology and ministry. Graduates rate faculty, biblical studies, and spiritual formation (i.e., formation by the Holy Spirit) as some of the more important influences on their educational experience.

Spiritual Development

Talbot School of Theology purposes to develop the spiritual life of our students in harmony with the great doctrines of the faith.

Graduates report that they are much stronger in the areas of trust in God, knowledge of self, enthusiasm for learning, strength of spiritual life, and ability to live one’s faith in daily life

Ministry Skill Development

We aim to educate and graduate student students characterized by practical Christian service, missionary and evangelistic zeal, and a working knowledge of the Scriptures.

Talbot graduates report that they are able to integrate theology and ministry. They are satisfied with their ability to think theologically, to use and interpret Scripture, to teach well, to lead others, and to relate theologically to social issues. Additionally, Master of Divinity students reported that through their field education and internships, they improved their pastoral skills and gained a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses.  Ultimately, Master of Divinity students are satisfied with their ability to preach well.

Ministry Roles Upon Graduation

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Spring 2012 graduates who pursued a Talbot degree in order to be employed in a ministry setting were employed within the first year from graduation. Our graduates expect to fill positions within five years in the following areas: pastoral ministry, university teaching, global mission, church planting, youth ministry, spiritual direction, and doctoral study.

Program Assessment and Effectiveness

We are thoroughly committed to a process of regularly improving our degree programs to enhance their quality and effectiveness.   We want our graduates to be well-equipped for their respective professions.  Our Program Learning Outcomes represent the criteria we use to evaluate student work and thereby gauge the results of student learning.   The primary instruments we use to evaluate our success at achieving our Program Learning Outcomes include assessment data results and alumni questionnaires.  Our assessments are closed-looped, as we have regularly scheduled evaluations that use data to inform changes to make our degree programs more effective.  Assessment data takes into account information gleaned from Entering Student Questionnaires and Graduating Student Questionnaires—surveys given to our students upon entering and graduating, respectively — as well as tangible evidence from student work that establishes whether learning outcomes have been achieved.  Also, the alumni questionnaire provides us with placement statistics, which enables us to determine how many students were employed following graduation and an indication of the nature of their employment.  These various forms of data allow us to assess and to make regular improvements in our degree programs.

Completions by Graduation Rate - Previous Academic Year

  MDiv ThM MA in CE

MA in
(special)

MA in Theo. 
Studies

DMin EdD PhD
< 2 years 0 3 1 0 3 0 0 0
2 to < 3 years 7 0 5 13 15 0 0 0
3 to < 4 years 18 1 3 6 18 2 1 2
4 to < 5 years 8 0 1 1 9 4 0 3
5 to < 6 years 8 0 1 0 4 0 1 3
6+ years 19 4 4 7 27 8 5 0
< Total 60 8 15 27 76 14 7 8

MA Programs 
Master of Divinity 
Master of Theology 
Doctor of Ministry
Doctor of Philosophy/Education in Educational Studies

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