STATEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
EFFECTIVENESS OF STUDENT LEARNING
Knox Theological Seminary is committed to effectively educating men and women to declare and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in any number of ministry capacities. Knox has current students and alumni around the world, serving the Kingdom of God in vocational and non-vocational ministry work, serving as pastors, teachers, pilots, lawyers, writers, scholars, church planters, and any number of other ministry capacities.
GOALS OF STUDENT LEARNING
Assessment of student learning outcomes at Knox Theological Seminary is an administration and faculty-driven process that is regular and ongoing. Together, Knox faculty and administration annually review and analyze key quantitative and qualitative data, measuring them in relation to the mission of the school, the learning outcomes of each degree program, and the success of our graduates.
Knox educational goals exist on multiple levels and are linked and organized systematically from institutional mission to specific degree programs and courses. From the core educational goals articulated in the institutional mission statement are derived the general learning outcomes for all alumni in any course of study as well as those specific to each degree program. Under with these are the course-level objectives.
ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING
Data from our alumni are a central, representative aspect of gauging the effectiveness of this model. Knox faculty and administration survey annually the alumni from the graduating class 5 years prior and assess the resulting qualitative and quantitative data relating to employment and the Seminary’s ability to prepare students for work/ministry. The following data summarizes the historical data received from Alumni Questionnaires from alumni in the graduating classes of 1993-2007. This is in keeping with here relevant, specific data relating to alumni in the classes of 2009, and 2010 (provided parenthetically where relevant).
A strong majority already had or found their first paid position within 6 months of graduation (100% of the 2009-2010 classes)
A strong majority said their theological education prepared them “very well” or “very well in some areas but not in others” for their current work (100% of the 2009-2010 classes)
When asked if they had it to do all over again would they choose Knox Seminary, a strong majority of alumni answered “definitely yes” or “probably yes” (87.5% of the 2009-2010 classes)
A majority of alumni respondents who took ordination exams passed the first time (100% of the 2009-2010 classes)
Another central component by which Knox measures its educational effectiveness for those going on to vocational ministry is the feedback obtained from their current ministry supervisors. The following data summarizes the feedback from responding ministry supervisors for alumni from Knox classes 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Knox graduates minister in a variety of community settings (approximately 30% small town, 30% suburban, and 40% urban)
All respondents agree that Knox Seminary graduates use their skills and talents sufficiently in ministry
All respondents stated they definitely or probably would consider job applicants from Knox Seminary in the future