Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Wesley Biblical Seminary exists to advance Christ’s Kingdom through the Church and make disciples of Jesus by offering life-transforming theological education, producing Spirit-filled shepherd-theologians and leaders for the 21st century, who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to Trinitarian faith, Christ-centered holiness, Biblical authority, and personal accountability.

Assessment Plan

Wesley Biblical Seminary is committed to the full development of its students in accord with the stated goals of each degree program. The faculty has completed and is putting into effect a new assessment plan for the 2015-2016 academic year This plan effectively provides for both direct and indirect measurement of student achievement based primarily on artifacts submitted by the student evaluated according to established rubrics and on graduate exit interviews. The faculty will evaluate these assessment results on an annual basis.

Program Goal Achievement

In a 2014 survey of alumni, the following percentages of respondents rated the seminary as being “above average” or “superior” in in enabling them to fulfill the stated goals of their degree programs.

Scripture 90%
Orthodoxy 87%
The Wesleyan Perspective 87%
The Holy Life 82%
The Servant Heart 81%
Proclamation 74%
Leadership 74%
Spiritual Direction 64%

In the senior exit interviews for the last two years, the following percentages of graduates rated the seminary as “average” or above in enabling them to fulfill the stated goals of their degree programs. The high percentages for 2014-2015 are probably due to the small size of the graduating class:

2013-2014 Graduating Class
Scripture 100%
Orthodoxy 95%
The Wesleyan Perspective 90%
The Holy Life 95%
The Servant Heart 81%
Proclamation 75%
Leadership 85%
Spiritual Direction 81%

2014-2015 Graduating Class
Scripture 100%
Orthodoxy 100%
The Wesleyan Perspective 100%
The Holy Life 100%
The Servant Heart 100%
Proclamation 100%
Leadership 100%
Spiritual Direction 100%

Placement Rates

The most recent placement figures pertain to the graduating class of 2013. The 2014 statistics will be available by December, 2015. As of November 2013 (six months post-graduation), of those who graduated with the Master of Divinity Degree:

  • 82% had found employment in places of Christian ministry,
  • 6% percent were engaged in further study, and
  • 12% were still seeking ministry employment.

Although the Master of Arts degree is dedicated to general Biblical and theological knowledge rather than to ministry, by November 2013:

  • 57% of Master of Arts program graduates found employment in Christian ministry,
  • 10% had gone on for further study,
  • 14% had taken non-ministry employment,
  • 5% were not seeking employment, and
  • 14% were still seeking ministry employment.