Annual Evaluations for M.Div. Students

All M.Div. students receive three general evaluations during their program of study.

In the spring of each year the faculty reviews the progress of all First Year students. A letter signifying that the student is making adequate progress in the M.Div. program is produced as a result of this evaluation. When there are special areas of concern these are included in the letter. The second evaluation occurs in the middle of the second year, taking three semesters’ work into account. The final evaluation occurs in the middle of the third year.

The purpose of evaluations is to assist the individual student in personal and theological growth in Christian formation. One’s own maturing relationship with God through Jesus Christ is of utmost importance to the individual and to the larger Christian community which M.Div. students are preparing to serve. Because growth is continual and often difficult to describe, particular areas of a student’s seminary life are brought under careful review.

Academic skills are a major concern. That competence is partially measured by separate course evaluations provided by instructors. A knowledge of basic content and method in theological disciplines is highly important. Also important is the student’s ability to integrate different facets and areas of learning in constructive analyses of contemporary religious, social and political problems and to transmit these insights to other people.

Relational skills are another concern. Leadership, counseling, preaching, and teaching are measured by appropriate course evaluations, and also through reports from Field Education assignments. It is important to assess how a person’s theological understanding and commitment is manifested in all areas of the student’s life. Two such areas may be worship and family. Questions of a student’s relationship with peers and with those in authority come into focus, as does response to criticism.

In addition to the student and the advisor, the evaluative process involves Field Education supervisors, Faculty, Staff and the Dean. The student’s advisor presents a draft of an evaluation to the Dean and Faculty for their collegial review. This draft is drawn up after consultation with the student. The student may be asked to prepare a self-evaluation as a basis for the consultation with the advisor. Advisors have different methods of preparing evaluations. Therefore, students should discuss the process with their advisors so that there is a mutual understanding.

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