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 2020-2021 indicated:

  • Most graduates at our school brought the following educational debt with them: None. The percentage that came with a debt load of $30,000 to $39,000 or more was: 2.3%. 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 to $19,999 at the time of their graduation was: 2.3%. Our graduates most frequently estimated their monthly payment for educational debt as: None.
  • The three most important sources of income for our graduates included "Other” and then “Off-campus work.” Like last year, "Scholarship/grant" does not rank in the top three, and is overtaken by “Spouse’s work.”
  • The number of hours per week our M.Div. students worked this year was: 50.0% for “Fewer than 10 hours a week,” followed equally by 50.0% for “More than 40 hours.”
  • Students were asked to measure educational effectiveness and their personal growth during study. The top areas in which our graduates felt they were stronger were: “Trust in God,” and "Respect for my own religious tradition,"
  • Graduates were asked to indicate their satisfaction with educational effectiveness in facilitation of skill areas. On our main campus and over all programs, the top areas of satisfaction were: “Ability to work effectively within my own religious tradition,” and “Ability to relate social issues to faith.”
  • Graduates cited the following as the two most important influences on their educational experience at our institution: "Interaction with students," "Introduction to different perspectives.” Joint third place this year was “Personal life experiences,” and new to the top list: “Spiritual direction/formation or other faith-building events/activities.” The top two responses have been consistently highest for the past seven years.
  • The percentage of our M.Div. students who rated their field education or internship experience important was: 100.0%.
  • When asked how satisfied they had been with a variety of college services and academic resources, the top rated choices of our graduates were: “Upkeep of campus,” “Class size,” and “Accessibility of administrative/staff support.”
  • A list of sixteen statements was presented to graduates to explore their satisfaction with their college experience. The two joint most important sources were: "I have grown spiritually" and “My faith is stronger than when I came.”
  • The percentage of our M.Div. graduates who anticipated full-time parish ministry was: 66.7%.