Statement of Educational Effectiveness
The Association of Theological Schools requires its member institutions to publish a statement of educational effectiveness.
In a questionnaire given upon completion of their studies graduating students of Newman Theological College in 2015-2016 indicated:
- During the course of their studies, the percentage of our graduates who took academic leave for a term or more was: 31.6%. The percentage of our M.Div. graduates who began their program in 2010 was: 0% and 50.0% of M.Div. graduates began their program in 2012.
- Most graduates at our school brought the following educational debt with them: None. The percentage that came with a debt load of $60,000 or more was: 0%. Most graduates at our school incurred the following amount of new educational debt during seminary: None. The percentage that had a debt load of $10,000 or less at the time of their graduation was: 15.8%. Our graduates most frequently estimated their monthly payment for educational debt as: None. The percentage that had a monthly payment of $349 or less was: 26.3%.
- The three most important sources of income for our graduates included "Off-campus work, “Savings” and "Scholarship/grant."
- The number of hours per week our M.Div. students worked this year was: 50% for “No paying job” and 50% for”16-20 hours per week.”
- Students were asked to measure their personal growth during study. The three top areas in which our graduates felt they were stronger were: "Respect for my own religious tradition," “Ability to live my faith in daily life,” and “Enthusiasm for learning.”
- Graduates were asked to indicate their satisfaction with educational effectiveness in facilitation of skills related to their future work. The top three areas for M.Div. graduates at our school were: "Ability to use and interpret Scripture," “Knowledge of church polity/canon law,” and “Knowledge of church doctrine and history.”
- Graduates cited the following as the three most important influences on their educational experience at our institution: "Introduction to different perspectives,” "Interaction with students," and "Personal life experiences.”
- The percentage of our M.Div. students who rated their field education or internship experience important or very important was: 50.0%.
- For these students the weakest effect of field education/internship was: "Greater sense of people’s needs."
- When asked how satisfied they had been with a variety of college services and academic resources, the top two rated choices of our graduates were: "Class size," and “Adequacy of library collection.”
- A list of seventeen statements was presented to graduates to explore their satisfaction with their college experience. The four most important sources were: "I have been satisfied with my academic experience here," "I have grown spiritually," "My personal faith has been respected,” and “If I had to do it all over, I would still come here.”
- The percentage of our M.Div. graduates who anticipated full-time parish ministry was: 50.0%.
- The percentage of our other graduates (non M.Div.) who anticipated full-time "Secondary/prep school teaching" was: 41.2%.