Statement on Educational Effectiveness
The General Theological Seminary is committed to assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. We believe that the process of gathering assessment data, analyzing this data, and acting in ways that respond to assessment data is an integral part of our collective vocation. Assessment and evaluation are the means by which we will:
- equip students to self-reflect on their progress toward program-level student learning outcomes (through the portfolio, thesis, substantive paper or project);
- demonstrate, through direct and indirect means, that student learning has occurred, as measured against student learning outcomes (portfolio, course evaluation and faculty review of portfolios);
- ensure the quality of educational offerings (questionnaires, course evaluations, and outcomes assessment) and;
- pursue ongoing quality enhancement of programs by providing better access to assessment and evaluation data and facilitating conversations about this data within the community.
At General, we use the following four instruments as the key means by which we assess and evaluate student earning:
- ATS Questionnaires (ESQ and GSQ surveys): A set of two questionnaires provided by ATS which are administered by the Registrar to students upon entering (Entering Student Questionnaire), graduation (Graduating Student Questionnaire).
- Course Evaluations: An electronic evaluation of all courses which is administered by the Registrar and used to both ascertain student satisfaction and student self-reporting of learning outcomes engagement.
- Portfolio and Capstone Assignments: An assessment strategy which enables students to critically reflect on their own learning progress and which provides the institution with direct evidence of learning as measured against program outcomes.
- Targeted Coursework Evaluation: Termly benchmarking of student learning outcomes attainment through regular sampling of student work.
In addition to the above, broad measures, such as graduation and placement rates are also tracked along with various financial aid indicators.