Statement of Educational Effectiveness


Master's Programs

The School of Divinity annual assessment of student learning outcomes shows that our students are learning and achieving in key areas through our master's programs. A few highlights include:

  • 88% of master's students in 2011-2012 achieved the learning outcome associated with demonstrating an ability to apply spiritual and holistic formation practices which personify Christ-like character within personal, family, church and professional contexts.
  • According to field education reports, 97% of students in 2011-2012 demonstrated skill in pastoral ministry and church leadership through their internships or practica.
  • Through research papers in core classes, 75% of master's students in 2011-2012 were assessed as being able to express a breadth of knowledge of biblical and theological issues in ways supported by informed scholarship and sound reasoning.

Doctoral Programs

According to the School of Divinity annual assessment report for our Ph.D. program, within one year of graduating, 50% of Ph.D. students from the class of 2011 were employed in a full or part-time teaching post, educational administrative position or pastoral ministry assignment related to their academic studies.

GSQ Comparison 2010-2011

Each year, the School of Divinity administers the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire to all of our graduates. The data below display 84 recent graduates' perspectives on three key aspects of their experience in the School of Divinity.*

Additionally, the column labeled "ATS" displays the average score reported by 5,941 graduates at all 173 participating ATS schools.**

*  Regent University School of Divinity Graduating Student Questionnaire: 2010 - 2011 Profile of Participants, The Association of Theological Schools, 2011.
**  Student Information Project Graduating Student Questionnaire: 2010 - 2011 Profile of Participants, The Association of Theological Schools, 2011.

Overall Experience during Theological Program

Students were asked to state their agreement on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "strongly disagree" and 5 meaning "strongly agree."

Statement RUSD ATS
1. I have been satisfied with my academic experience here. 4.3 4.4
2. Field education/internship has been a helpful experience. 3.8 3.9
3. Faculty were supportive and understanding. 4.4 4.4
4. I have felt accepted within this school community. 4.2 4.2
5. I have grown spiritually. 4.5 4.3
6. My faith is stronger than when I came. 4.4 4.2
7. My personal faith has been respected. 4.5 4.3
8. I know at least one faculty member well. 4.0 4.3
9. I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry. 4.3 4.3
10. The school has tried to be an inclusive community. 4.0 4.2
11. I have come to know students from other ethnic groups. 4.2 4.2
12. I have made good friends here. 4.0 4.3
13. Seminary was a good experience for my spouse and family. 3.6 3.6
14. Commuting increased the time it took to complete my program. 3.0 2.8
15. I have been able to manage financially. 3.5 3.7
16. If I had to do it over, I would still come here. 4.4 4.3




Measure of Personal Growth after Theological Program

Students were asked to rate areas from 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "much weaker" and 5 meaning "much stronger."

Statement RUSD ATS
1. Empathy for the poor and oppressed 3.9 4.0
2. Ability to pray 3.9 3.7
3. Concern about social justice 4.0 3.9
4. Enthusiasm for learning 4.3 4.1
5. Insight into troubles of others 4.0 4.1
6. Desire to become an authority in my field 4.2 3.9
7. Trust in God 4.4 4.2
8. Self-discipline and focus 4.2 4.0
9. Respect for other religious traditions 4.3 4.0
10. Respect for my own religious tradition 4.1 4.0
11. Ability to live one's faith in daily life 4.2 4.0
12. Clarity of vocational goals 4.3 4.0
13. Self-confidence 4.3 4.0
14. Self-knowledge 4.4 4.3
15. Strength of spiritual life 4.2 4.0




Level of Satisfaction with Progress in Skills Related to Future Work

Students were asked to rate areas from 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "very dissatisfied" and 5 meaning "very satisfied."

Statement RUSD ATS
1. Ability to preach well 4.0 3.7
2. Ability to use and interpret Scripture 4.3 4.2
3. Knowledge of church polity/canon law 3.9 3.6
4. Ability to give spiritual direction 4.2 4.0
5. Ability to teach well 4.3 4.1
6. Knowledge of church doctrine and history 4.3 4.0
7. Ability to lead others 4.4 4.0
8. Ability to conduct worship/liturgy 3.6 3.7
9. Knowledge of other religious traditions 4.2 3.8
10. Knowledge of my own religious tradition 4.3 4.0
11. Ability to relate social issues to faith 4.1 4.1
12. Ability in pastoral counseling 3.6 3.7
13. Ability to administer a parish 3.4 3.4
14. Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics 4.0 3.9
15. Ability to think theologically 4.5 4.4



Mark Batterson, D.Min. '12

Mark Batterson, D.Min. '12

Lead Pastor, National Community Church

"It was the beginning stages of the D.Min. program that really helped define my leadership gift and lay a foundation for what the Lord has done. It gave me the practical tools that I needed."
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