Educational Effectiveness

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of college and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelors, and masters degrees. BMA Seminary (Graduate Studies Division) is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Church Ministries, and the Master of Arts (Religion). The BMA Seminary Arkansas Extension Site is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools to award the Master of Divinity degree and courses leading to Master of Arts in Church Ministries and the Master of Arts (Religion) degrees.

The Commission Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools’ (ATS) Educational Standard (ES) 6.4.4 reads: “The institution shall, on a regular basis, make available to the public a summary evaluation of the educational effectiveness of its approved degree programs…” SACSCOC also requires such a Statement of Educational Effectiveness per the U.S. Department of Education. The data included in this report attempts to make such a statement via direct and indirect measures.

Placement Rates
Direct measurement of educational effectiveness includes placement upon graduation. The number of graduates from each degree earned from 2010-2014 appear in the table below:
The following data reflect the number of graduates from each degree earned from 2010-2014 and identifies ministerial/religious vocations held by students at the time of graduation, their admittance into further educational studies, or other positions not particularly related to a graduate’s field of study:

Degree Vocation Education Other
MDiv 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 0
MACM 11 (65%) 6 (35%) 0
MAR 21 (70%) 4 (13%) 5 (17%)
ADiv 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
BAR 12 (30%) 14 (35%) 14 (35%)

The table shows that 84% of Associate of Divinity, 65% of Bachelor of Arts in Religion, 83% of Master of Arts in Religion, 100 % of Master of Arts in Church Ministries, and 100% of Master of Divinity graduates from 2010-2014 graduates entered the next level of academic study or held a vocational position related to their fields of study at the time of graduation.

Field Supervision
Master of Arts in Church Ministries and Master of Divinity students must complete a semester of supervised field ministry. Field supervisors for the supervised ministry course evaluate students based upon their guided interaction with students and their professional opinions. The experience guides supervisors and students to address items directly related to degree program outcomes and course learning objectives. Supervisors provide written comments and rate students with the following scale: 1=Strongly Disagree 2=Disagree 3=Sometimes 4=Agree 5=Strongly Agree NA=Not Applicable. Data collected from 2013-2014 showed that field supervisors rated MACM and MDIV graduates an average of 4.76 (95%) within a range of 4.00-5.00. Field supervisors also listed these particular strengths of graduates: teaching and research, doctrine, theological convictions, calling, clarity, commitment to authority of scripture in all areas of life and practice, very strong work ethic, great balance of talent and knowledge of doctrine, leadership, administration, passion, driven to minister to the needs of the local church, integrity, faithfulness, and willingness to learn and apply, study habits, evangelistic, and holiness. Third-party ministry professionals serving as field supervisors strongly agree that BMA Seminary MACM and MDIV graduates have obtained the desired program outcomes of each degree.

Graduate Evaluations
As an indirect measure of learning, graduation questionnaires revealed that graduates were very satisfied with how their program of study enhanced their Christian ministry. Graduates rated their increase in knowledge on a scale of 1 to 5. Master of Divinity graduates (2011-2014) rated their increased knowledge at 4.48 across all degree objectives. Master of Arts in Christian Ministry graduates (2011-2014) rated their increased knowledge at 4.28 across all degree objectives. Master of Arts (Religion) graduates (2013-2014) rated their increased knowledge at 4.59 across all degree objectives. Graduates in the Bachelor of Arts in Religion and the Associate of Divinity (2011-2014) rated their increased knowledge at 4.27 across all degree objectives.