Fully accredited by The Association of Theological Schools
The Graduate School of Theology of the Augustine Institute monitors the academic progress of its students toward the Master of Arts degree and also regularly surveys its students and alumni about their vocation and career placement and goals.
A survey of the 12 graduates of the M.A. in Leadership for the New Evangelization who finished the program in May 2019 and 2020 showed that 6 of the 12 were placed in positions for which the degree program prepared them, regardless of whether those positions are compensated or volunteer. 5 of the placements are unknown, and 1 was non-vocational in nature.
A survey of 156 MA Theology graduates who completed the program between Summer 2018 and Spring 2020 showed that 72 were placed in positions for which the degree prepared them. 58 have not responded to survey, 3 are continuing their education 3 marked ‘other’, 1 is seeking placement, and 16 are in non-vocational jobs.
The ministerial work of Augustine Institute graduates covers the full spectrum of service to the Body of Christ: priest, religious sister, permanent deacon, lay missionary, lay apostolic work, diocesan official, parish ministry (many kinds), teaching, hospital chaplaincy and other ministries involving the corporal works of mercy.
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve its program, the Institute’s annual plan for academic assessment is approved by its Board of Trustees each autumn. A summary of the School’s Academic Assessment Memorandum for the 2019-20 academic year follows:
After the consideration of student surveys and examples of student work, the faculty agreed that student performance toward the programmatic goal in theology is good, but there were nevertheless several proposals aired for how advances could be made with respect to their knowledge of and habit of referring to Scripture. The faculty agreed to recommit to the work of offering extra-curricular instruction and encouragement to students through the Theology 701 “distance education seminar” page in Canvas.
The conversation on the programmatic goal for evangelization was spirited. The student survey responses and representative essays were most encouraging; a marked improvement from the previous year was noted with respect to the ecclesial horizon of evangelization. The essays demonstrated clearly that the students know and affirm that incorporation into the full sacramental life of the Church is the terminus of evangelization. The faculty discussion focused on the tendency of students to present evangelization as a process, with the consequence being an insufficient presentation of the direct action of the Holy Spirit on the minds and hearts of those being evangelized. The faculty affirmed the importance of guarding against the field of evangelization and catechesis being chiefly a career path rather than the expression of a vibrant witness to the truth of the Gospel. Various proposals were suggested for how the School could assist its students in keeping their commitment fresh.