Educational Effectiveness

The Educational Effectiveness of the Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry is demonstrated best by the intentional education and formation of lay ecclesial ministers prepared to contribute fruitfully to their communities of faith through theological reflection, praxis, and leadership. The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry for Hispanics (MA-PMH) program cultivates this preparation by fostering in our students the learning objectives/competencies delineated at each level of study which advance the mission of each program. The MA-PMH program is designed to equip students for competent leadership in Hispanic/Latino communities of faith.

Master Of Arts In Pastoral Ministry For Hispanics

Student-Centered Learning Objectives/Expected Outcomes

Objective 1: Students demonstrate mastery of core theological curriculum through reflective reading, critical thinking, and quality academic writing (Scholarly Acuity).

Objective 2: Students demonstrate mastery of skills for pastoral ministry with Hispanics through effective communication, informed conscience, cultural sensibility, and knowledge of the Hispanic multicultural reality of the Catholic Church in the United States (Ministerial Sensibility).

Objective 3: Students demonstrate the ability to articulate their pastoral and ministerial identity, balance responsibilities, and remain open to constructive critique and affirmation (Pastoral Identity).

Objective 4: Students demonstrate spiritual growth and develop resources for pastoral ministry with Hispanics and exhibit commitment to sustained encounters with Scripture, tradition, and ongoing revelation of God (Spiritual Maturity).

Objective 5: Students demonstrate sound theological engagement with the diverse Hispanic cultural and religious expressions and their relationship to a global context (Cultural Consciousness).

Objective 6: Students demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a pastoral program for ecclesial ministry with Hispanics. (Ministerial Experience).

These objectives are specifically integrated and assessed in the following core courses:

Course/Objective Assessment Map

Learning Objectives/Competencies521533561565566
Objective 1: Scholarly AcuityXXXX
Objective 2: Ministerial SensibilityXX
Objective 3: Pastoral IdentityXX
Objective 4: Spiritual MaturityXX
Objective 5: Cultural ConsciousnessXXXX
Objective 6: Ministerial ExperienceX

Course Embedded Assessment (CEA): The rationale for the use of course embedded assessment to evaluate competency in each of the Student Objectives is threefold. First, CEA makes explicit and practical connections among the MA-PRTM Program Goals, the MA-PRTM Core Curriculum, and the specific Student Learning Outcomes that the effective ministry demands. Second, CEA requires that course content and assignments explicitly address and reinforce the Objectives designed to advance students’ theological and ministerial competency. Third, CEA ensures that these Objectives are assessed multiple times at different intervals during the student’s course of study in order to monitor progress in developing each of the Objectives and remediate as needed. The following describes the explicit connection in the course(s) between the assignments and the objectives assessed.

Rubric for Assessment MA-PMH Student Objectives (Competencies)

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Objective 1: Scholarly Acuity
Reflective ReadingClearly describes issue/praxis that stimulated interest in the research topic. Explicitly defines the parameters of the project and the research goals. Demonstrates keen awareness of underlying theological issues.Presents general information concerning the issue/praxis to be addressed in the paper. Sets basic pattern for the unfolding of the project. Expresses the fundamental theological issues explored in the research.Minimal exposition of the issue/praxis guiding of the paper. Boundaries of project ill-defined. Uncertain of the theological issues involved.
Critical ThinkingResearch applied clearly and insightfully to the issue/praxis in question. Implications of the research explored in relation to project. Conclusions demonstrate depth of reflection on the interplay between theory and praxis in this project.Research accurately applied to issue/praxis in question. Implications of research noted in relation to project. Conclusions give some evidence of reflection between theory and praxis for this project.Research minimally or inaccurately applied to the issue/praxis in question. Minimal evidence of how the research relates to the issue / praxis in question. Little evidence of reflection on relation between theory and praxis.
Quality Academic WritingResearch selection represents breadth of recent theological scholarship on topic. Research selections clearly address issue at hand. Research clearly incorporates diverse theological viewpoints/ approaches. Referenced consistently formatted in Turabian style. Minimal unsubstantiated rhetoric.Research selection shows an awareness of recent theological scholarship on the topic. Research choices are generally on point. Research includes some evidence of diverse theological views/approaches. References inconsistently and/or incorrectly formatted. Noticeable unsubstantiated rhetoric.Research selection shows lack of engagement with recent theological scholarship. Choices minimally address topic of paper. Research gives one-sided perspective. No recognizable format for research reference. Principally unsubstantiated rhetoric.
Objective 2: Ministerial Sensibility
Effective communicationDemonstrates reflective and attentive communication with others in a consistent mannerMaintains attention to the communication of other and generally responds in a reflective mannerFormulates his/her opinion or argument rather than hearing or responding to that of others
Informed conscienceExhibits a moral conscience and social responsibility based on the teachings of the gospel and tradition.Brings moral and Gospel considerations to bear on most issues and practicesLacks moral sensibilities that cohere with scripture or tradition
Cultural sensibility and knowledge of the Hispanic multicultural reality of the Catholic Church in the United StatesSets appropriate boundaries for ministerial and personal interactions in a multicultural reality of the churchExhibits some boundaries for ministerial and personal interactions in a multicultural reality of the churchExhibits considerable confusion about ministerial and personal boundaries and fails to recognize or respect multicultural reality of the church
Objective 3: Pastoral Identity
Articulate pastoral and ministerial identityDiscern and identifies a vocation to pastoral and ministerial life as integral to one’s personal identity.Articulates the general contours of a pastoral and ministerial life in connection with one’s personal identityExpresses a diffuse pastoral and ministerial life; envisions his/her work as a job rather than as a ministry or vocation.
Balance responsibilitiesRecognizes areas of physical, emotional, and psychological strengths and limitations; class interactions demonstrates engagement with readings; submits course assignments when due.Identifies particular strengths and limitations; class interactions demonstrates awareness of topics under consideration; submits course assignments late or incomplete.Resists assessment and recognition of personal strengths and limitations; demonstrates minimal engagement with course content; fails to submit course assignments.
Open to constructive critique and affirmationExhibits a willingness to both give and receive coherent and valuable critiques in all situationsExhibits an inclination toward giving and receiving most constructive critiquesExhibits significant resistance to receiving or giving constructive critiques
Objective 4: Spiritual Maturity
Demonstrates spiritual depthEngages the woundedness of the world, the needs of the community, and the vulnerabilities of others in the context of faithDemonstrates a recognition of the vulnerabilities of others and responds to them in the context of faithResists engagement with vulnerabilities and needs of others and accepts little or no responsibility to respond from a faith orientation
Develops resources for pastoral ministry with HispanicsIdentifies, assesses, and applies resources for pastoral ministry with HispanicsShows some evidence of developing resources for pastoral ministry with HispanicsFails to identify, assess and apply resources for pastoral ministry with Hispanics
Committed to encounters with Scripture, tradition, and ongoing revelation of GodIdentifies personal and transformative encounters with God in Scripture and tradition; actively seeks to discern revelations of the Divine in unfamiliar or novel waysExhibits awareness of the action of God in his/her personal and ministerial life; remains open to revelations of the Divine un unfamiliar or novel wayDemonstrates an inability to discern personal encounters with God in Scripture or tradition; resists revelations of the Divine in unfamiliar ways
Objective 5: Cultural Consciousness
Theological engagement with the diverse Hispanic cultural and religious experience Demonstrates capacity for sound theological engagement with the Hispanic cultural and religious experience and his/her pastoral ministry in a global context through the effective application of critical and constructive theological and ministerial knowledge in discussion, research and reflectionShows satisfactory theological engagement with the Hispanic cultural and religious experience and his/her pastoral ministry in a global context through the application of constructive theological and ministerial knowledge in discussion, research and reflection Exhibits reluctance to theological engagement with the Hispanic cultural and religious experience and his/her pastoral ministry in a global context in discussion, research and reflection
Objective 6: Ministerial Experience
Ability to design, implement, and evaluate a pastoral program for ecclesial ministry with HispanicsClearly demonstrates ability to design, implement and evaluate a pastoral program for ecclesial ministry with Hispanics through discussions and class assignmentsDemonstrates some ability to design, implement and evaluate a pastoral program for ecclesial ministry with Hispanics through discussions and class assignmentsDemonstrates inability to design, implement and evaluate a pastoral program for ecclesial ministry with Hispanics through discussions and class assignments
Assessment InstrumentData Collection/Frequency (assessment cycle)ObjectivesCriterion Score
Pastoral Plan and EvaluationMAPMH students in the RSP 521 are required to present a complete pastoral plan based on their ministry at the end of the course. The plan includes: analysis of the ministerial context in connection with all of the existing ministries. It also includes and assessment and proposal for pastoral programs with specific projects, timelines, and methods for evaluating the project after its implementation. This course is a part of the Core Curriculum taken by all MAPMH students and is offered on a two-year cycle.3, 4, 670% of students score 4 or more per Objective assessed on a 5-point rubric
Integration Paper based on Ministerial contextMAPMH students in the RSP 533 and RSP 565 are required to submit a 15 to 20 page research paper grounded in their own ministerial context. Students apply a see-judge-act methodology as follows: (1) See: analyze the reality of their ministerial experience; (2) Judge: perform critical theological reflection based on current scholarship in the field of study that addresses the pastoral issues that were discerned in the analysis of the reality; and (3) Act: propose a new praxis that demonstrates depth of reflection on the interplay between praxis (See) and theory (Judge). These courses are part of the Core Curriculum taken by all MAPMH students and are offered on a two-year cycle.1, 2, 570% of students score 4 or more per Objective assessed on a 5-point rubric.
Research Question MAPMH students in the RSP 561 are required to submit answers to questions that are based on material addressed in the class. The answers require the student to articulate the relationship between the topics addressed in the questions and the biblical books that were assigned in the course syllabus. Each answer requires three sections: (1) a personal reflection; (2) application based on class lectures; and (3) biblical exegetical research. This course is a part of the Core Curriculum taken by all MAPMH students and is offered every year.1, 4, 570% of students score 4 or more per Objective assessed on a 5-point rubric.
Research Paper MAPMH students in the RSP 566 are required to submit three 5-10 page research papers based on the Hispanic Ministry ecclesial documents studied during the course of the semester and include an analysis of how the documents apply to their ministry. These documents include: “The National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry,” “Encuentro y Misión: A Renewed Pastoral Framework for Hispanic Ministry,” “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope,” and “Conclusions of the First National Encounter for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry”. This course is a part of the Core Curriculum taken by all MAPMH students and is offered on a two-year cycle.1, 3, 570% of students score 4 or more per Objective assessed on a 5-point rubric.

MA-PMH
COURSE EMBEDDED ASSESSMENT RESULTS

Criterion: 70% of students score 4 or more per Objective assessed on a 5-point rubric.
20172018
RSP 521386%393%
486%486%
686%686%
RSP 533186%186%
2100%2100%
5100%5100%
RSP 5611100%1100%
4100%4100%
5100%5100%
RSP 5651100%193%
2100%2100%
5100%5100%
RSP 5661100%1100%
3100%3100%
5100%5100%

Academic Assessment

MA-PMH Capstone Assessment
Pastoral Project ReportAfter the completion of all courses, the MAPMH students are required to engage in a specific supervised Pastoral Project within the context of their ministerial praxis in the Hispanic community. The 60 page report must document the project utilizing the see-judge-act method in practical theology.1, 2, 5, 670% of students score 4 or more per Objective assessed on a 5-point rubric.
Oral Comprehensive ExamAfter completing the Pastoral Project Report, and as a final requirement for graduation, the MAPMH students are required to present an oral comprehensive exam that assesses the overall content of the program. The oral exam is conducted by three members of the Graduate Theology Committee and may take up to one hour in length. It is based on a list of questions that the student has received in advance and are divided into three sections: (1) The Pastoral Project Report; (2) Pastoral Ministry Principles; and (3) Hispanic Ministry in the United States.1, 580% of students pass all three sections of the Oral Comprehensive Exam on the first attempt
Pastoral Project
2017100% of students attained the scores of 4.0 or better on each of the four objectives (objectives 1,2,5,6).
2018100% of students attained the scores of 4.0 or better on each of the four objectives (objectives 1,2,5,6).
Oral Comprehensive Exams
2017100% of students passed all three sections of the Oral Comprehensives Examination on the first attempt.
2018100% of students passed all three sections of the Oral Comprehensives Examination on the first attempt.

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