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LTSS Accreditation

 ATS ACCREdITATION  
LTSS Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Completion Rates of 2018-2019 Graduating Class  

  • 100% of graduates in the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program completed the degree in 3 years (11 students; does not include year-long ELCA-required internship).
  • 100% of graduates in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) program completed the degree in 2 years (1 student).
  • There were no Master of Theological Studies (MTS) students in the class of 2019.

Candidacy Rates of 2018-19 Graduating Class

  • 67% of ELCA MDiv graduates were approved for Word & Sacrament ordination by the time of graduation (6 students). 75% of those same graduates received a first call within six months.
  • 0% of MACM students were approved for Word & Service ordination (1 student).

Graduating Student Questionnaire Data
The GSQ is written by the Association of Theological School to measure educational effectiveness in numerous areas. The scale of student response ranges from 5 (“very effective”) to 1 (“not at all effective”).


Educational Effectiveness in Personal Growth Areas

LTSS

2019

LTSS

2018

 Empathy for the poor and oppressed

4.3

4.6

 Concern about social justice

4.3

4.6

 Insight into troubles of others

4.1

4.4

 Respect for other religious traditions

4.0

4.2

 Respect for my own religious tradition

4.2

4.2


Educational Effectiveness in Facilitating Skill Areas

LTSS

2019

LTSS

2018

 Ability to use and interpret scripture

4.6

3.6

 Knowledge of church doctrine and history

4.4

4.3

 Ability to work effectively within my own religious tradition

4.1

4.1

 Ability to work effectively with both men and women

4.5

4.4

 Ability to relate social issues to faith

4.4

4.3


Top Categories of Satisfaction
with School Services & Resources

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2019

LTSS

2018

 Accessibility of faculty

4.4

3.6

 Class size

4.3

4.1

 Ease in scheduling required courses

4

3.1

 Access to library collection

4.5

4.4

 Adequacy of library collection

4.5

4.3


Bottom Categories of Satisfaction
with School Services and Resources

LTSS

2019

LTSS

2018

 School website and internet based resources

2.4

2.4

 School’s technology (IT) resources

2.3

2.5

 Career/vocational counseling

2.8

3.2

 Student debt and finance counseling

2.8

2.9

 Health and wellness program

2.4

2.9


Overall Experience During Theological Program

LTSS

2019

LTSS

2018

 Faculty were supportive and understanding

3.8

4.3

 My personal faith has been respected

3.8

3.9

 I know at least one faculty member well

4.3

4.4

 I have been able to integrate theology and practice of ministry

4

4.4

 I have come to know students from other racial, ethnic, and cultural groups

4

4.5

 I have made good friends here

3.8

4.3