Educational Effectiveness Statement
– updated November 17, 2016
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) is a relatively small institution with a relatively short history. It is currently in the process of collecting data from alumni to determine the percentage of our graduates that are engaged in active service in ministry and how they assess their training at PRTS in preparing them for their current ministries. That data will be disclosed as it becomes available.
Available data does indicate, however, that PRTS enjoys success in achieving its educational objectives. At present, we have a cumulative completion rate of 70% for those matriculated into the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program; 32% for those matriculated into the Master of Arts (MA) program, and 62% for those matriculated into the Master of Theology (ThM) program. Most of our ThM students are already engaged in ministry; in their exit assessments they have consistently regarded their ThM training as contributing significantly to their ministerial or teaching duties. Also, approximately 10% of our graduates have successfully pursued (or are currently pursuing) doctoral studies, which testifies to the effectiveness of the academic training at PRTS.
Assessment of effectiveness is an ongoing process throughout each of the programs. Each course conforms to the overarching goals and mission of the seminary, contributing in some way to the mission and purpose of PRTS. In each class, students are evaluated to determine their grasp of the relevant issues. Currently, 98% of the student body is measuring above the minimum requirements for each degree program, indicating the effectiveness of the classroom setting to achieve the institution’s goals.
In addition, each student is under the care of the Dean of Students and Spiritual Formation for continual assessment of his overall preparedness for ministry. We believe there is more to the seminary’s effectiveness in training men for ministry than just academic competence.