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Alliance Theological Seminary Educational Effectiveness 2011-2012

The faculty of Alliance Theological Seminary evaluate educational effectiveness through the use of common assessment instruments in all core courses of all programs. These assessments are implemented across all three campuses and consist of common assignments evaluated utilizing common rubrics.  These instruments are carefully linked with program learning goals and institutional guiding principles. Scores are aggregated from multiple instruments.

MASTER OF DIVINITY

New York State HEGIS code: 2301.10
Estimated Program Costs: $50,800
Average Debt Incurred: $26,296 – $28,518*
Normal Program Completion in Months: 36
% of Students Who Completed Program in Normal Length: 43%

Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will lay a foundation for ongoing spiritual formation including personal development, moral integrity, and spiritual maturity.
  2. Students will gain knowledge and be able to apply methodology in biblical studies, theology and cultural understandings.
  3. Students will gain an appreciation of the relational nature of ministry through the experience of being mentored and mentoring others, and through learning and practicing interpersonal ministry skills.
  4. Students will be able to understand and practice integration of the personal, theological, and practical components of holistic ministry.
  5. Students will gain ministry skills for a broad range of Christian service responsibilities, and will be able to demonstrate competency in classroom and internship environments (in particular, those skills necessary for licensed and/or ordained ministry within the C&MA and other denominations).

Mean Scores on Direct Assessment Instruments (5 pt. scale)

Goal 1: Spiritual Formation                                                                                      4.4
Goal 2a: : Knowledge and Methodology in Biblical Studies                                           4.3
Goal 2b: Knowledge and Methodology in Theology                                                      4.1
Goal 2c: Knowledge and Methodology in Contextualization                                          4.2
Goal 3: Relational Ministry                                                                                        4.5
Goal 4: Integration                                                                                                  4.4
Goal 5a: Ministry Skills in the Classroom                                                                    4.4
Goal 5b: Ministry Skills in Internship Environments                                                      4.6

MASTER OF ARTS INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

New York State HEGIS code: 2301
Estimated Program Costs: $29,498
Average Debt Incurred: $13,333 – 18,888*
Normal Program Completion in Months: 24
% of Students Who Completed Program in Normal Length: 62.5%

Student Learning Goals

  1. The student will understand and be able to identify the missional themes in the Bible and trace their theological importance to the task of world evangelization.
  2. The student will understand, experience and gain skill through the practice of cross-cultural communication.
  3. The student will understand the social, cultural and theological factors involved in ministry to people from the major world religions (including animism).
  4. The student will gain an appreciation for people from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds and for the unique way God incarnates His message among the diverse people groups of our world.
  5. The student will understand the history of the expansion of the Christian church and the important factors that enabled this expansion.
  6. The student will understand the dynamics of some aspects of mission strategy such as spiritual warfare, urban ministry, evangelistic methods and partnering in missions.
  7. The student will know how to evaluate and continue in his or her own path of spiritual transformation (Rom. 8:1-2) and be able to elicit spiritual transformation in the lives of others.

Mean Scores on Direct Assessment Instruments (5 pt. scale)**

Goal 1: Biblical Missional Themes                                                                                      4.3
Goal 2: Cross-Cultural Communication                                                                              4
Goal 3: Social, Cultural and Theological Foundations                                                           3.7
Goal 4: Cultural Appreciation                                                                                            4.3
Goal 7: Spiritual Formation                                                                                               4.4

MASTER OF ARTS BIBLICAL LITERATURE

New York State HEGIS code: 2301
Estimated Program Costs: $29,498
Average Debt Incurred: $14,575 – 17,526 ***
Normal Program Completion in Months: 24
% of Students Who Completed Program in Normal Length:  ****

Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will build a historical and cultural framework for interpreting the Bible in general and their testament of emphasis in particular.
  2. Students will gain a command of the formation, content, and critical questions related to the literature of their testament of emphasis.
  3. Students will be able to trace the development of biblical theology as a discipline and to understand recent theological approaches to their testament of emphasis.
  4. Students will be able to employ solid exegetical and hermeneutical methodology in interpreting the text of their testament of emphasis. (Language track students must demonstrate a solid grasp of biblical language in the above.)

Mean Scores on Direct Assessment Instruments (5 pt. scale)

Goal 1: Historical and Cultural Framework                                                                          4.3
Goal 2: Formation, Content, and Critical Questions                                                              4.4
Goal 3: Biblical Theology                                                                                                   4.4
Goal 4: Exegetical and Hermeneutical Methodology (with Language Command)                      4.6

MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

New York State HEGIS code: 2301
Estimated Program Costs: $26,220
Average Debt Incurred: $13,333 – 18,888*
Normal Program Completion in Months: 24
% of Students Who Completed Program in Normal Length: ****

Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will lay a foundation for ongoing spiritual formation including personal development, moral integrity, and spiritual maturity.
  2. Students will gain knowledge and be able to apply methodology in biblical studies, theology and cultural understandings.
  3. Students will gain an appreciation of the relational nature of ministry through the experience of being mentored and mentoring others, and through learning and practicing interpersonal ministry skills.
  4. Students will be able to understand and practice integration of the personal, theological, and practical components of holistic ministry.
  5. Students will gain ministry skills for specific leadership in Christian service, and will be able to demonstrate competency in classroom and internship environments.

Mean Scores on Direct Assessment Instruments (5 pt. scale)

Goal 1: Spiritual Formation                                                                                                4.4
Goal 2a: Knowledge and Methodology in Biblical Studies                                                      4.4
Goal 2b: Knowledge and Methodology in Theology                                                               4.1
Goal 2c: Knowledge and Methodology in Contextualization                                                    4.2
Goal 3: Relational Ministry                                                                                                 4.6
Goal 4: Integration                                                                                                            4.4
Goal 5a: Ministry Skills in the Classroom                                                                             4.6
Goal 5b: Ministry Skills in Internship Environments                                                               4.6

*Average debt incurred is calculated based on the Manhattan and Rockland Campus Graduating Student Questionnaires. The survey calculates debt ranges. In addition, the MA IC and MPS programs are viewed as a single category, and therefore no individual debt ranges are available.

**Due to departmental changes, no data was collected on MAIC goals 5 and 6 during the 2011-2012 academic year.

***The sample size for the MA Bib Lit average debt was extremely small for the 2011-2012 academic year, therefore, the figure above is a four year average.

****The Nyack Institution has only calculated individual graduate program graduation rates for one year. The sample for the 2011-2012 year is too small to be statistically valid and is therefore not reported.