Outcomes and Assessment

Theologate Program

Kenrick Glennon Seminary Assessment Plan With 2016 Revisions

Preliminary Notes for Faculty

The basic schedule for the Assessment Plan was approved by the faculty on May 14, 2012.  On May 13, 2013, faculty approved the basic goals, objectives and artifacts for each year.   This revision adds specific student learning outcomes based on the PPF and correlated to new student evaluation tools.  These learning outcomes are added in response to suggestions given by the HLC visiting team in their visit on February 9-10, 2015.

An Overview of the Plan

Three Year Cycle for Assessment of Formation Programs

Assessment of our four programs (Pastoral, Intellectual, Human and Spiritual Formation) will be conducted on a three year cycle.  In year one we will assess aspects of Pastoral Formation, in year two, Intellectual Formation, and in year three, Human and Spiritual Formation.  As the cycle repeats itself, we will be able to measure the effectiveness of changes made in the previous cycle, and assessment will become a routine part of our planning for future growth.

Annual Institutional Assessment

In addition to program assessment, we assess shared governance, ethical practices, and levels student, faculty and staff satisfaction through an annual satisfaction survey, which becomes an important part of our annual assessment report.

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.”)

Program Objectives:

  1. 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. (Prophet)

Artifacts: preaching DVDs / Deacon homilies / homily surveys

  1. 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. (Priest)

Artifacts: pastor survey / liturgical practicum DVD

  1. Candidates a) shepherd others with pastoral charity, and b) do so with zeal / empathy / prudence. (King)

Artifacts: counseling DVD or survey (similar to homily survey) /  pastor evaluation

Seminarian Formation Outcomes (Taken from PPF, Fifth Edition)

  1. A missionary spirit, zeal for evangelization, and ecumenical commitment.
  2. A spirit of pastoral charity, a quest for justice, and an openness to serve all people.
  3. The ability to work in a multicultural setting with people of different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.
  4. A special love for and commitment to the sick and suffering, the poor and outcasts, prisoners, immigrants, and refugees.
  5. Appropriate pastoral and administrative skills and competencies for ministry. Ability to exercise pastoral leadership.
  6. The ability to carry out pastoral work collaboratively with others and an appreciation for the different charisms and vocations within the Church.
  7. A commitment to the proclamation, celebration, and service of the Gospel of life.

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.)

Program Objectives:

  1. 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 . (Prophet. Scripture/dogma/history.)

Artifacts: MA Thesis / MDiv exam / student papers / Vox Christi

  1. Candidates can pastorally communicate the truths of the faith in a way adapted to the needs of the audience. (Priest. Religious ed / preaching.)

Artifacts: websites / teaching DVDs

  1. Candidates are prepared to guide the faithful to discern the demands of the Gospel in the particular duties and circumstances of their lives. (King. Moral theology / Canon Law.)

Artifacts: counseling DVD or survey / NFP homily

Seminarian Formation Outcomes (Taken from PPF, Fifth Edition)

  1. Love for truth as discovered by faith and reason.
  2. Interest and diligence in seminary studies.
  3. Faithfulness to the Word of God and to the Magisterium. Knowledge of Catholic Doctrine and adherence to it.
  4. Successful completion of seminary academic requirements.
  5. Ability to exercise the ministry of the Word: to proclaim, explain, and defend the faith.
  6. Knowledge of languages that will be necessary or suitable for the exercise of their pastoral ministry.
  7. Specific areas of knowledge that will be measured through a comprehensive exam:
    1. Revelation through Words and Deeds; Biblical Inspiration and the Truth of Scripture; Faith; Scripture and Tradition; Principles of Biblical Interpretation; Old Testament Prophecy and Typology; Old and New Covenant (Dei Verbum; CCC 50–141; 1961-1986)
    2. Trinity and Christology: Major Heresies and Ecumenical Councils (Biblical, systematic, and historical perspectives) (CCC 200-267; 422-483; 683–747)
    3. The Mysteries of the Life of Christ and Mariology (Biblical, systematic, historical, liturgical and pastoral perspectives) (CCC 484-511; 512–682; 721–726; 963-975)
    4. Grace and Justification: Original Justice, Original Sin, Grace, Redemption, Baptism and Confirmation (Biblical, systematic, historical, liturgical, pastoral and canonical perspectives) (CCC 1987-2029; 727–741; 976-987; 1213–1321)
    5. Creation and Eschatology (CCC 268–421; 988-1065); Liturgy and the Sacraments in General (CCC 1066–1212)
    6. Ecclesiology: Teaching of Lumen gentium and the Four Marks of the Church; Basic Principles of Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue (Lumen gentium; CCC 748-975)
    7. Fundamental Moral Theology: Natural Law; Conscience; the Moral Act; Cardinal and Theological Virtues (CCC 1691–1960)
    8. Catholic Social Doctrine (from Rerum Novarum) (CCC 2052-2463; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church; Rerum Novarum)
    9. Bioethics and the Dignity of Human Life from Conception: Abortion (CCC 2270-2275); Euthanasia and End of Life Issues (CCC 2276-2283); In-Vitro Fertilization, Cloning, Embryonic Stem-Cell Research (CCC 2374-2379); Theology of the Body
    10. The Growth and Stages of the Spiritual Life; Methods of Prayer (CCC 2558-2758); Discernment of Spirits; Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Care
    11. Holy Orders (CCC 1536-1600); Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest and Celibacy (CCC 1618-1620); Spirituality of Other States of Life (Marriage; Religious Life) (CCC 1638-1666; 1973-1974; 914-945)
    12. Church History. Patristic and Medieval Church; Or The Reformation and Counter-Reformation; Or The Church in America
    13. Structure and Theology of the Eucharist (Biblical, liturgical, systematic, canonical and historical perspectives) (CCC 1322-1419)
    14. Marriage: Impediments, Requirements, and Preparation; Theology of the Body: Marital Chastity and Humanae vitae (CCC 1601-1666; 2331-2400)
    15. Sacraments of Penance (CCC 1420-1498) and Anointing (CCC 1499-1532); Indulgences (CCC 1471-1473); Burial (CCC 1684-1690); Pastoral Counseling

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.”)

Program Objectives:

  1. 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 (e.g. how does he spend his time?) / Theological Reflection (with rubric for self-awareness, self-mastery, service)

Seminarian Formation Outcomes (Taken from PPF, Fifth Edition)

  1. Human qualities of truthfulness, respect for others, justice, humility, integrity, affability, generosity, kindness, courtesy, and prudence.
  2. The capacity to relate to others in a positive manner and the ability to get along with others and work with them in the community.
  3. Good self-knowledge, self-discipline, and self-mastery, including emotional self-control.
  4. Good physical and mental health. A balanced lifestyle and balance in making judgments.
  5. Affective maturity and healthy psychosexual development. Clarity of male sexual identity; an ability to establish and maintain wholesome friendships; the capacity to maintain appropriate boundaries in relationships.
  6. Skills for leadership and collaboration with women and men.
  7. Capacity to receive and integrate constructive criticism.
  8. Simplicity of life, stewardship of resources, responsibility for financial obligations.
  9. Mature respect for and cooperation with Church Authority.
  10. Commitment to a life of prayer, and the ability to assist others in their spiritual growth.
  11. Abiding love for the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  12. Loving knowledge of the Word of God and prayerful familiarity with that Word.
  13. Appreciation of and a commitment to pray faithfully the Liturgy of the Hours.
  14. Faithful in attending all liturgical and spiritual activities of the seminary, including the daily celebration of the Eucharist.
  15. Fidelity in attending spiritual direction and regular celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. A habit of spiritual reading.
  16. A positive embrace of a lifelong commitment to chaste celibacy, obedience, and simplicity of life.
  17. A love for Jesus Christ and the Church, for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints.
  18. A spirit of self-giving charity toward others.

Annual Cycle of Assessment Activities


Assessment Activity

Approximate Annual Date

Description of Activity

Data Gathering—“Assessment Day”


1.     Administration of Satisfaction Survey, Deacon Exit Survey, Deacon Homily Survey, and Focus Groups.
2.     Direct Assessment of one specific Formation Program.
3.     Administration of CAAP Test to College Sophomores

Preparation of Assessment Reports


Coordinator of Assessment prepares Assessment Reports on results of all the various assessment activities for faculty, administration and Board of Trustees

Report  to Faculty and Administration

August Faculty Meeting

Coordinator of Assessment Delivers Assessment Report to Faculty and Administration.  Upload new assessment documents to Edvance 360, edit faculty lists as needed.

Faculty Assessment Day

October Faculty Meeting

Faculty reviews assessment results and makes policy recommendations

Board of Trustees Report

October Board of Trustees meeting

Assessment Report is delivered to Board of Trustees

Follow-up Activities


1.     Documentation of policy recommendations and changes implemented
2.     Preparation of rubrics and assessment instruments for next Assessment Day
3.     Refinement of existing instruments.