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 2011-2012 indicated:

  1. When Students were asked to measure their personal growth during studies the three top areas in which our graduates felt they were stronger were: "Respect for my own religious tradition," "Self-discipline and focus," and "Self-knowledge."
  2. MDiv graduates were asked to indicate their satisfaction with progress in skills related to their future work. The top five areas at Newman  were: "Ability to use and interpret Scripture," "Ability to preach well," "Ability to lead others," "Ability to conduct worship/liturgy," and "Ability to think theologically."
  3. The percentage of MDiv students who rated their field education or internship experience important or very important was: 80.0%.  For these students the two top effects of field education/internship were: "Greater interest in future ministry" and "Greater vocational clarity."
  4. How satisfied have you been with a variety of College services and academic resources? The top three rated choices of our graduates were: "Class size," "Adequacy of library collection," and "Academic advising."
  5. Graduates cited the following as the three most important influences on their educational experience at our institution: "Faculty," "Study of History and Theology," and "Classroom discussion."
  6. Given a list of sixteen statements to explore their satisfaction with their College Experience graduates stated the three most important sources were: "I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry.", "I have grown spiritually.", and "My faith is stronger than when I came.".
  7.  Most graduates at our school brought the following educational debt with them: None. The percentage that came with a debt load of $30,000 or more was: 0.0%.  Most graduates at our school incurred the following amount of new educational debt during seminary: None. The percentage that had a debt load of $30,000 or more at the time of their graduation was: 0.0%.
  8. The percentage of Newman’s MDiv graduates who anticipated full-time parish ministry was: 60.0%. The next two areas were: "Church administration" and "Campus ministry."
  9. The percentage of our other graduates (non MDiv) who anticipated full-time parish ministry was: 31.3%. The next two areas were: "Secondary/prep school teaching" and "None."