Each semester, graduating students of Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology take the Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), administered by ATS. Data collected from this report in the 2010-11 (41 respondents) and 2011–12 (26 respondents) academic years measures student satisfaction and self-reported educational effectiveness.
Graduates of APGST 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. 2010-11||All 2010-11||M.Div. 2011-12||All 2011-12|
|I have been satisfied with my academic experience here.||4.7||4.6||4.4||4.4|
|Field education/internship has been a helpful experience.||4.1||4||4.1||3.9|
|Faculty were supportive and understanding.||4.4||4.5||4.6||4.7|
|I have felt accepted within this school community.||4.5||4.5||4.5||4.6|
|I have grown spiritually.||4.5||4.5||4.5||4.4|
|My faith is stronger than when I came.||4.5||4.6||4.4||4.2|
|My personal faith has been respected.||4.5||4.5||4.3||4.3|
|I know at least one faculty member well.||4.7||4.6||4.4||4.5|
|I have been able to integrate the theology and practice of ministry.||4.7||4.5||4.3||4.4|
|The school has tried to be an inclusive community.||4.4||4.4||4.2||4.1|
|I have come to know students from other ethnic groups.||4.2||4.4||4.3||4.2|
|I have made good friends here.||4.4||4.3||4.3||4.3|
|Seminary was a good experience for my spouse/family.||4.4||4.1||3.5||3.7|
|Commuting increased the time it took to complete my program.||3.2||3.3||2.7||2.5|
|I have been able to manage financially.||3.4||3.6||3.8||3.7|
|If I had to do it over, I would still come here.||4.5||4.6||4.3||4.2|
Based on the GSQ, Master of Divinity students reported their highest levels of progress in skills as “Ability to think theologically,” “Ability to use and interpret Scripture,” “Ability to teach well,” and “Ability to preach well.”
Students in all programs reported highest levels of agreement (average of 4.5 and above) in the areas of academic experience satisfaction, faculty support and understanding, acceptance within the school community, and knowing at least one faculty member well.
When reflecting on their personal lives in light of their experience at APGST, students rated the following criteria with an average score of 4.4 and above: having grown spiritually, leaving with a stronger faith than when they started, and feeling respected and accepted in the school.
Completion rates at APGST are measured by the percentage of students who finish their degree within six years of matriculation. Of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 Master of Divinity graduates, 89% (82 of 92 graduates) completed their degree program within six years. In other degree programs, 78% (6 of 9) of Doctor of Ministry students, 85% (23 of 27) of Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies students, and 100% (7) of Master of Arts (Theological Studies) students finished within the six-year mark.