Educational Effectiveness

Each semester, graduating students of Azusa Pacific Seminary at Azusa Pacific University take the Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), administered by ATS. Data collected from this report in the 2012–13 (20 respondents) and 2013–14 (16 respondents) academic years measures student satisfaction and self-reported educational effectiveness.

Graduates of Azusa Pacific Seminary advocate for the educational effectiveness of our programs. In the GSQ, students rank the following statements on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 being the highest rating. The averages follow:

Measures of Satisfaction M.Div. 2013–14 Total 2013–14 M.Div. 2012–13 Total 2012–13
I have been satisfied with my academic experience here. 4.5 4.6 4.3 4.4
Field education/internship has been a helpful experience. 4.5 4.2 4 3.9
Faculty were supportive and understanding. 4.5 4.7 4.5 4.4
I have felt accepted within this school community. 4.5 4.7 4.4 4.1
I have grown spiritually. 4.5 4.7 4.8 4.7
My faith is stronger than when I came here. 4.3 4.5 4.7 4.6
My personal faith has been respected. 4.5 4.7 4.7 4.7
Individuals of other faith traditions have been respected. 4.5 4.6 - -
I know at least one faculty member well. 4.5 4.6 4.4 4.4
I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry. 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.7
The school has tried to be a diverse and inclusive community. 4.6 4.7 4.2 4.2
I have come to know students from other racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. 4.5 4.5 4.2 4.2
I have made good friends here. 4.6 4.6 4.4 4.2
Seminary was a good experience for my spouse/family. 3.9 3.9 4.1 4
Commuting increased the time it took to complete my program. 2.8 3.1 3.3 3.5
I have been able to manage financially. 3.8 4 4 3.7
If I had to do it over, I would still come here. 4.5 4.6 4.4 4.4

Based on the GSQ, Master of Divinity students reported their highest levels of progress in skills as “Ability to use and interpret Scripture,” “Ability to think theologically,” “Ability to work both with women and men,” and “Ability to relate social issues to faith.”

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.