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Franciscan School of Theology

Accreditation

Accreditation means that the Commissions of the accrediting agencies have determined that the Franciscan School of Theology has clearly defined objectives appropriate to post-secondary education and is implementing them in a manner consistent with the Commissions’ standards.

Agencies

The Franciscan School of Theology is accredited by two agencies:

  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS)

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: MDiv, MA in Ministry for a Multicultural Church, MA, MTS. The Commission contact information is:

10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA
Telephone: (412) 788-6505
Fax: (412) 788-6510
Website: http://www.ats.edu/

  • Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
USA
Telephone: (510) 748-9001
Fax: (510) 748-9797
Website: http://www.wascsenior.org/

Program Assessment

FST regularly assesses its academic programs to ensure they continue to provide the desired depth and breadth of theological education as defined in this catalog, and that they conform to the standards of the WASC and ATS accrediting agencies.

Educational Effectiveness Statement

The Franciscan School of Theology is committed to providing the highest quality education to candidates for professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, for those pursuing careers in theological education, and to those seeking opportunities for enhancing their knowledge of Christian faith and the practice of ministry.

FST measures its effectiveness in a variety of ways: Individual courses are assessed in relation to established learning outcomes, and a consolidated outcomes program measures the effectiveness of degree program learning goals, which reflect our institutional learning goals. FST uses the ATS Entering and Graduating Questionnaires to track student satisfaction with their educational experience, and to collect information about their plans for employment after they graduate.

  • Retention and Graduation:  Totals are given for the last five years (2009-2013):
ProgramEnteringGraduatingIn ProgressWithdrawnRetention Rate
MA6420100%
MTS401816685%
MAMC320167%
Dual MTS/MAMC751186%
MDiv934278%
  •  Placement:   From 2009 to 2013 FST graduated 66 students.  Of the 49 (74%) graduates for whom we have continuing data between 2009 and 2013, the employment situations indicate that the school’s programs achieve their goals in training people for faith-based work in Church and society. Note that some respondents fall into more than one category, for example, teaching and campus ministry, or “other” and parish volunteer work.
TYPE OF WORKPERCENTAGE
Administrative (educational, diocesan, non-profit)10%
Campus Ministry6%
Entered Religious Life4%
Further Graduate Studies16%
Hospital / Hospice Chaplaincy4%
Parish Work27%
Retreat Center Work / Spiritual Direction8%
Teaching10%
Volunteer Work (religious institutions)8%
Other14%