Educational Effectiveness
Houston Graduate School of Theology

Houston Graduate School of Theology (HGST), although classified as a small institution (~140 students) with a relatively short history of 35 years, fulfills its mission to equip women and men to be ministers and messengers of God’s mission of reconciliation through academic excellence, personal transformation, and leadership development. Academic degree programs have been designed to connect directly with this mission.

To measure the effectiveness of its educational programs, HGST has academic assessment plans that are assessed in three-year cycles. The next assessment cycle will follow the official close of the 2017-18 Academic Year. The results are presented for faculty review.

Completion rates for the 2016-17 Academic Year may be found in the charts below.

MDiv ’16-‘17 ’17-‘18 ’18-‘19 MTS ’16-‘17 ’17-‘18 ’18-‘19
<2 years 20%     <2 years 0%    
2 to < 3 years 20%     2 to < 3 years 0%    
3 to < 4 years 30%     3 to < 4 years 0%    
4 to < 5 years 10%     4 to < 5 years 0%    
5 to < 6 years 0%     5 to < 6 years 0%    
6+ years 20%     6+ years 100%    
Total 100%     Total 100%    
Prof MA ’16-‘17 ’17-‘18 ’18-‘19 DMin ’16-‘17 ’17-‘18 ’18-‘19
<2 years 0%     <2 years 0%    
2 to < 3 years 25%     2 to < 3 years 0%    
3 to < 4 years 33%     3 to < 4 years 50%    
4 to < 5 years 17%     4 to < 5 years 0%    
5 to < 6 years 25%     5 to < 6 years 0%    
6+ years 0%     6+ years 50%    
Total 100%     Total 100%    

 

 

Student Rating of Learning – Education Effectiveness

Source ATS GSQ Report 2016 – Comparison of HGST ratings with Coalition of Southwest Theological Schools (COSTS)

 

Category MDiv Professional MA Academic MA All Others Total
HGST COSTS HGST COSTS HGST COSTS HGST COSTS HGST COSTS
Ability to preach well 4.0 3.9 3.0 3.6 3.7 3.8 4.4 4.1 4.0 3.9
Ability to use and interpret Scripture 4.5 4.4 4.0 4.0 4.8 4.5 4.6 4.2 4.5 4.3
Knowledge of church polity/canon law 4.3 3.9 4.0 3.3 4.2 3.9 3.0 3.4 4.0 3.8
Ability to give spiritual direction 4.6 3.8 4.5 4.3 4.6 4.0 3.8 3.9 4.4 3.9
Ability to teach well 4.5 3.9 3.8 4.0 4.4 4.3 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.0
Knowledge of church doctrine and history 4.4 4.2 4.5 3.8 4.4 4.2 4.6 4.1 4.4 4.2
Ability to lead others 4.5 3.9 4.3 4.0 4.2 3.9 4.0 4.3 4.3 4.0
Ability to conduct worship/liturgy 3.4 3.9 5.0 4.0 4.7 3.8 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.9
Ability to interact effectively with those of religious traditions other than my own 4.4 4.0 4.5 4.4 4.6 4.3 4.7 4.2 4.5 4.1
Ability to work effectively within my own religious tradition 4.6 4.3 4.3 4.0 4.0 4.1 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.2
Ability to interact effectively with those from cultural and racial/ethnic contexts other than my own 4.6 4.1 4.0 4.3 4.6 4.3 4.8 4.3 4.6 4.1
Awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced 4.6 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.2
Ability to work effectively with both women and men 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.5 4.8 4.0 4.7 4.4 4.6 4.4
Ability to relate social issues to faith 4.5 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.8 4.4 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.4
Ability in pastoral counseling 4.8 3.7 4.0 4.2 4.3 3.8 4.2 4.1 4.4 3.8
Ability to administer a parish 4.0 3.3 5.0 3.6 3.5 3.1 3.5 3.6 3.8 3.4
Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics 4.4 4.0 4.3 4.1 4.4 4.0 3.8 4.1 4.2 4.0
Ability to think theologically 4.8 4.6 4.5 4.4 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.5 4.5 4.5
Ability to integrate insights from science into theology and ministry 4.0 3.7 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.9 4.2 3.8 4.0 3.7
Ability to integrate ecological concerns into theology and ministry 4.1 3.7 4.0 3.9 4.0 3.8 3.3 3.6 3.9 3.7
Empathy for the poor and oppressed 4.3 4.2 3.3 4.2 4.8 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.2 4.2
Ability to pray 4.6 3.6 4.0 3.9 4.6 3.7 4.2 3.6 4.4 3.6
Concern about social justice 4.5 4.1 3.3 4.1 4.6 4.1 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1
Enthusiasm for learning 4.6 4.3 4.0 4.4 4.6 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.5 4.4
Insight into troubles of others 4.5 4.0 3.3 4.1 4.6 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.0
Desire to become an authority in my field 3.9 3.8 3.3 4.0 4.8 3.8 4.2 4.4 4.0 3.9
Trust in God 4.5 3.9 4.8 4.2 4.8 4.0 4.3 4.0 4.6 4.0
Self-discipline and focus 4.8 4.0 4.5 4.1 5.0 4.4 4.2 4.2 4.7 4.1
Respect for other religious traditions 4.7 4.3 3.8 4.4 4.8 4.4 4.7 4.2 4.6 4.3
Respect for my own religious tradition 4.7 4.4 4.3 4.3 5.0 4.4 4.5 4.3 4.7 4.4
Ability to live my faith in daily life 4.7 3.9 4.5 4.2 5.0 4.1 4.5 3.9 4.7 4.0
Clarity of vocational goals 4.5 3.8 3.5 3.9 4.6 3.8 4.3 4.0 4.3 3.8
Self-confidence 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.2 4.6 4.2 4.2 4.4 4.4 4.1
Self-knowledge 4.8 4.2 4.3 4.4 5.0 4.4 4.2 4.3 4.6 4.3
Strength of spiritual life 4.8 3.8 4.3 4.0 5.0 4.1 4.3 4.2 4.7 3.9