Educational effectiveness is assessed annually at Seattle Pacific Seminary using the following steps:
1. School of Theology (SOT) faculty adopt Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for SPS curriculum as a whole; determine curriculum for each degree; assign relevant SLOs to each course; include the SLOs in the course syllabus; choose assignments to measure the SLOs; and approve and implement curricular revisions and instructional improvements as needed.
2. Students submit graded work and course evaluations. Graduating students undergo exit interview; results aggregated and submitted to Dean of SOT and the Graduate Curriculum Committee (GCC).
3. Instructors grade student work; select sample artifacts of student work for assessment. SOT faculty and Seminary Advisory Board (SAB) assess artifacts from courses; Dean and GCC propose curriculum revisions and instructional improvements; report to SOT faculty.
The SOT faculty determine the learning outcomes and objectives for each degree program, establish a suitable curriculum for that program, and set the learning outcomes for each course in that curriculum. The instructor of each course selects the assignments suitable both to the topic of that course and to the learning outcomes set for it, and establishes suitable grading rubrics for each assignment. Once the course has been completed, the instructor makes necessary changes to the course in light of online course evaluations and other feedback, and submits sample graded artifacts for subsequent assessment of curriculum as a whole. The SOT and SAB review the sample artifacts from all Seminary courses, aggregate the data, assess the extent to which the students in each degree program are meeting the learning outcomes set for that program, and propose curriculum revisions and instructional improvements as necessary. These proposals are reviewed by the GCC, which regularly assesses the educational effectiveness of each degree program, reviews proposals for curricular revisions and instructional improvements, operationalizes the needed changes, and monitors progress. In addition to assessment of student work, the SOT measures effectiveness through student input gathered through the ATS ESQ, GSQ, and our own Exit Interview process.