Educational Effectiveness

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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%.
  3. The three most important sources of income for our graduates included "Off-campus work, “Savings” and "Scholarship/grant."
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.”
  7. 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.”
  8. The percentage of our M.Div. students who rated their field education or internship experience important or very important was: 50.0%.
  9. For these students the weakest effect of field education/internship was: "Greater sense of people’s needs."
  10. 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.”
  11. 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.”
  12. The percentage of our M.Div. graduates who anticipated full-time parish ministry was: 50.0%.
  13. The percentage of our other graduates (non M.Div.) who anticipated full-time "Secondary/prep school teaching" was: 41.2%.