Evangelical Seminary is committed to developing servant leaders for transformational ministry in a broken and complex world by nurturing rigorous minds, passionate hearts, and Christ-centered actions. The school has developed a variety of tools to assess the extent to which students are achieving the outcomes of the degrees they are pursuing.
Faculty and staff regularly review this assessment data to measure the effectiveness of its programs. Evangelical is committed to providing ample support to ensure student success. A recent review of the data offers encouraging evidence of the integrity of our degree programs and student satisfaction with their experience.
When asked to measure their personal growth during seminary, Evangelical graduates report that their trust in God (4.4/5), their ability to live out their faith in daily life (4.2/5), their self-knowledge (4.4/5), and the strength of their spiritual lives (4.3/5) were stronger or much stronger as a result of their seminary experience. (2010-2014)
When asked about their level of satisfaction with Evangelical’s services and academic resources, graduates report that they are especially satisfied with the accessibility of the faculty (4.7/5), the quality of teaching (4.7/5), the class size (4.7/5), and the helpfulness of administrative/staff support (4.5/5). (2010-2014)
When asked about their overall experience at Evangelical, students strongly agree that they have been satisfied with their academic experience (4.8/5), that the faculty were supportive and understanding (4.8/5), that their faith in God is stronger than when they arrived (4.7/5), and if they were to make the decision to attend seminary again, they would still choose Evangelical (4.75/5). (2010-2014)
Graduates in Theology and Ministry
When asked about their level of satisfaction with their development of skills related to future work, Evangelical graduates report that they are especially satisfied with their progress in thinking theologically (4.8/5), using and interpreting Scripture (4.8/5), knowledge of Christian doctrine and history (4.4/5), ability to teach (4.1/5), and knowledge of other religious traditions (4.1/5). (2010-2012)
Graduates in Marriage and Family Therapy
Graduates of the MAMFT program reported that the program: prepared them very well (4.11/5) for a job as a marriage and family therapist; and helped them very well to develop (4.05/5) competent professional skills as a beginning marriage and family therapist. In all the areas evaluated, these graduates reported that the program prepared them very well (4.06/5) for being a marriage and family therapist.
Graduates of the MAMFT program reported a 60.63% employment rate in the field, and a 98.28% employment rate for those who desire employment in the field. Of the MAMFT graduates who have taken the national Marriage and Family Therapy exam (11), 94% have passed it, which is an excellent pass rate.
Sources: Association of Theological Schools Graduating Student Questionnaire; Evangelical Seminary Learning Outcomes Questionnaire; Evangelical Seminary Alumni Questionnaire. Updated 7/20/2014.