THEOLOGATE ASSESSMENT PLAN
Under the direction of the Academic Dean and the Coordinator of Assessment working with the Programs and Policies Committee, the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary assess the outcomes of the Ordination, M.Div and MA programs in a recurring three year cycle focusing alternately on Pastoral Formation, Intellectual Formation and Human/Spiritual formation.
Listed below are the goals and outcomes for each year of assessment. Representative artifacts are listed with each outcome. Selective artifacts reviewed and scored by faculty along with relevant survey results provide data for assessing each dimension of formation every three years.
Year One: Pastoral Formation
Goal: The program will prepare candidates to stand and act in the community in the name and person of Jesus Christ, high priest and shepherd. (Goal taken from KGS Mission Statement. Corresponds to ATS M.Div. degree standard “Capacity for Ministerial Leadership.”)
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Candidates a) understand Revelation in the Tradition of the Church, b) explain it in such a way that people in various contexts understand it, and c) connect/relate it to their experience. (Prophetic ministry)
Artifacts: preaching DVDs / Deacon homilies / homily surveys
- Candidates can preside at Liturgical celebrations a) in accordance with the Church’s liturgical rubrics, and b) in a manner that draws people to active participation. (Priestly ministry)
Artifacts: pastor survey / liturgical practicum DVD
- Candidates a) shepherd others with pastoral charity, and b) do so with zeal / empathy / prudence. (Ministry of Shepherd)
Artifacts: counseling DVD or survey (similar to homily survey) / pastor evaluation
Year Two: Intellectual Formation
Goal: The program will help candidates acquire a knowledge of Jesus Christ through personal encounter and study, so that they are ready to share and teach the Catholic faith in a variety of contexts. (Goal taken from KGS Mission Statement. Corresponds to ATS M.Div. degree standards “Religious Heritage” and “Cultural Context” and M.A. standard.)
Student Learning Outcomes
- Candidates a) have a knowledge of the basic content and structure of the faith, and b) the ability to interpret Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial teaching . (Prophetic ministry:courses in Scripture/dogma/history.)
Artifacts: MA Thesis / MDiv exam / student papers / Vox Christi
- Candidates can pastorally communicate the truths of the faith in a way adapted to the needs of the audience. (Priestly ministry: courses in Religious Education, Homiletics, Supervised Ministry)
Artifacts: websites / teaching DVDs
- Candidates are prepared to guide the faithful to discern the demands of the Gospel in the particular duties and circumstances of their lives. (Ministry of Shepherd: courses in Moral and Spiritual theology, Canon Law, pastoral theology and counseling)
Artifacts: counseling DVD or survey / NFP homily
Year Three: Human and Spiritual Formation
Goal: The program will help candidates grow in communion with Christ, and in becoming apt instruments of Christ’s grace to others. (Goal taken from KGS Mission Statement. Corresponds to ATS M.Div. degree standard “Personal and Spiritual Formation.”)
Student Learning Outcome
- Candidates have acquired the affective maturity and intimacy with Christ that leads to sufficient self-awareness and self-mastery that they have the freedom to give themselves in service to others.
Artifacts: Formation advisor reports (aggregate scores) / Pastor evaluation / Theological Reflection
Annual Assessment Process
Fall Faculty Assessment Workshop
- Day long faculty workshop to analyze & respond to assessment data with appropriate action steps. Areas of formation are reviewed on a three year cycle.
- Faculty have evaluated and scored artifacts the previous year and the data is collated for presentation by the coordinator of assessment.
- Coordinator reports back to faculty with results of the assessment workshop and any action items produced by faculty.
Spring Assessment Day
- Administrators, Faculty and students fill out online institutional assessment surveys.
- Students provide further input through focus groups.
- Faculty review and score artifacts for next year’s assessment (on the 3 year cycle) distributed with rubrics by Coordinator of Assessment. (Material for next fall’s assessment workshop)
- Coordinator of Assessment reports to faculty with data and analysis of results of assessment day surveys at end of year faculty meetings.
Annual Report – Over the summer Coordinator of Assessment will prepare an annual report on assessment and update on action steps taken in response to assessment feedback to present to faculty and board in the fall.