Newman Theological College
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 2014-2015 indicated:

  1. Students were asked to measure their personal growth during study. The two top areas in which our graduates felt they were stronger were: "Trust in God" and "Respect for my own religious tradition."
  2. Graduates were asked to indicate their satisfaction with progress in skills related to their future work. The top five areas for M.Div. graduates at our school were: "Knowledge of church doctrine and history," “Ability to lead others,” “Ability to interact effectively with those from cultural and racial/ethnic contexts other than my own,” “Awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced,” and “Ability to relate social issues to faith.” This varies significantly from previous years.
  3. How satisfied have you been with a variety of college services and academic resources? The top three rated choices of our graduates were: "Accessibility of faculty," "Class size," and “Accessibility of administrative/staff support.”
  4. The percentage of our M.Div. students who rated their field education or internship experience important or very important was: 100.0%. (Table 19) For these students the two weakest effects of field education/internship were: "Greater vocational clarity" and "Greater self-understanding." The former comment had ranked top last year and now it is bottom.
  5. 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.”
  6. 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 faith is stronger than when I came,” and "My personal faith has been respected."
  7. The number of hours per week our M.Div. students worked this year was: 100% for “No paying job.”
  8. 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: 2.1%.
  9. 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: 10.4%.
  10. Our graduates most frequently estimated their monthly payment for educational debt as: None. The percentage that had a monthly payment of $200 or less was: 4.2%.
  11. The three most important sources of income for our graduates included "Off-campus work, “Spouse’s work” and "Other."
  12. During the course of their studies, the percentage of our graduates who took academic leave for a term or more was: 29.2%. The percentage of our M.Div. graduates who began their program in 2009 was: 20.0%.
  13. The percentage of our M.Div. graduates who anticipated full-time parish ministry was: 100.0%.
  14. The percentage of our other graduates (non M.Div.) who anticipated full-time "Secondary/prep school teaching" was: 59.1%.