Student Learning Assessment

Assessment of student learning at LTSP is the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise and resources available, in order to inform decisions about how to improve student learning. LTSP approaches student learning assessments from the progressive expansion of three reference points: the Seminary’s mission statement, the strategic planning statement and curriculum objectives.

Please note that participation in Student Learning Assessment is required of all students in order to graduate. However, your portfolios will not be used to evaluate you individually as a student. Rather, student portfolios are reviewed randomly and blindly as a tool by which LTSP can measure its own educational effectiveness according to its own educational goals.

Students at the Advanced Degree level (STM, DMin, and PhD) should consult their degree manuals and the Graduate Studies Office for information on student learning assessment.

Students at the First Theological Degree level (MDiv, MAR, and MAPL) will participate in student learning assessment by building a Student Learning Assessment Portfolio of samples of their seminary work. The specific portfolio contents required for each degree are listed below. In all cases, students may request to substitute alternate materials; requests will be reviewed by the Student Learning Assessment Committee for approval.

Submit materials at any time prior to graduation (preferably as soon as you have completed a relevant course) to the Office of Student Learning Assessment. You are welcome at any time to rescind a portfolio item you have already submitted in order to substitute another. You may also add additional items beyond those required. The portfolio is in your control until your graduation.

The Coordinator of Student Learning Assessment is Rachel Zimmermann (rzimmermannw@ltsp.edu), whose office is in the Faculty area of Hagan. Contact her if you need further information or clarification or wish to discuss your portfolio.

MAPL

  • Short paper from Introduction to Public Theology
  • Paper from one of the four MAPL foundational courses
  • Paper or presentation from one of the four required Temple courses
  • Final evaluations from your Case-Based Field Work agencies
  • Paper from your senior seminar on public theology
  • One additional sample of work, as chosen by you

MAR (Professional Ministries track)

  • Short paper from Introduction to Public Theology
  • Exegetical paper from any course
  • Final evaluation from your contextual education (field ed) placement
  • Summative Senior Project
  • Final paper or project in Christian education/formation OR another paper in a course in an area other than Biblical Studies, as chosen by you

MAR (Theological Studies track)

  • Short paper from Introduction to Public Theology
  • Thesis
  • An additional sample of your work, such as a paper or presentation from a course in your area of specialization but not related to your thesis topic

MDiv

  • Short paper from Introduction to Public Theology
  • Exegetical paper from any course
  • Final paper or project in Christian education/formation
  • Sermon (via text, video, or audio)
  • Final evaluation from your contextual education (field ed) placement/s
  • Paper from your senior seminar on public theology
  • One additional sample of work, as chosen by you

 

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