Statement of Educational Effectiveness (2017)
George W. Truett Theological Seminary is the seminary of Baylor University, the largest Baptist university in the world, and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Area Colleges and Schools regional accrediting body of the U.S. Department of Education.
The Seminary engages in ongoing evaluation of its effectiveness, which is measured in four components:
- Course evaluations
- Student ratings of effectiveness in preparation with primary areas of the core curriculum
Our most recent evaluations and data indicate the following:
- Retention: The course-heavy curriculum takes generally three-plus years to complete.
- Placement: Truett students generally find employment within a reasonable time after graduation, most within a few months.
- Course evaluations: Students are highly satisfied in their assessment of faculty instruction (Spring 2017).
- Graduate Student Questionnaire (GSQ): Graduating students perceive themselves equipped and the degree programs effective according to the program goals of the MDiv program.
Retention and Graduation Data
According to the 2017 Graduate Student Questionnaire, the 2017 graduating class consisted of the following:
- 30.8% students who began at Truett in 2014 (graduating in three years)
- 48.1% students who began at Truett in 2013 (graduating in four years)
- 11.5% students who began at Truett in 2012 (graduating in five years)
- 9.6% students who began at Truett before 2011
According to the 2015 report from Baylor University Institutional Research and Testing, Truett's MDiv retention rate is 82.65%.
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*Statistics based on December 2015, May 2016 and August 2016 graduates
- Truett has a 72% effective placement rate upon graduation.
- Three months after graduation, the effective placement rate climbs to 84% (52% for those in congregational ministry).
- Within three months, 100% of graduates with church staff experience found a call.
- The largest group of careers (73%) are those employed in ministry.
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Course Evaluation Data
The Baylor University Institutional Research and Testing Department administers course evaluations each semester. The course evaluation measures seven aspects of learning on a 6-point scale, where 1 measures "Strongly Disagree" and 6 measures "Strongly Agree."
- The instructor explained the material clearly: 5.52
- The instructor had an effective style of presentation: 5.33
Attitude toward Students
- The instructor treated students with respect: 5.69
- The instructor was concerned that the students learned the material of the course: 5.68
Attitude toward Subject
- The instructor appeared interested in the subject matter: 5.89
- The instructor stimulated my interest in the subject: 5.5
- The instructor stimulated my thinking: 5.57
Preparation and Organization
- The instructor made effective use of class time: 5.32
- The instructor was well prepared for each class session: 5.56
- The course was well organized: 5.5
Policy and Evaluation
- The requirements of the class were clearly explained: 5.5
- The exams were a good measure of my knowledge of the material: 5.3
Text and Instructional Materials
- The assignments (readings, papers, etc.) contributed to my understanding of course content: 5.46
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- I learned a great deal from this course: 5.48
- The professor used procedures and methods conducive to learning: 5.36
Graduating Student Questionnaire Data
The goals for the Master of Divinity program at Truett Seminary describe the Truett graduate in terms of be, know, and do. These goals align with the metrics of educational effectiveness utilized in the annual Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ). The GSQ measures several aspects of learning on a 5-point scale, where 1 measures "Not Effective" and 5 measures "Highly Effective." The following data is from the 2016 GSQ:
Metrics related to what Truett graduates should "be"
- Respect for my own tradition: 4.4
- Enthusiasm for learning: 4.3
- Respect for others' religious traditions: 4.2
- Awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced: 4.2
Metrics related to what Truett graduates should "know"
- Knowledge of church history and doctrine: 4.2
Metrics related to what Truett graduates should be able to "do"
- Ability to think theologically: 4.6
- Ability to work effectively with both women and men: 4.4
- Ability to work within my own religious tradition: 4.4
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The Assessment and Institutional Effectivieness Committee of the faculty and the Director of Assessment and Innovation coordinate the degree program assessment process for the purpose of student formation and institutional improvement in accordance with the mission of Truett Seminary and Baylor University.