Revising a Seminary: Student and Alumni Reflections

By: Wolfgang Vondey
Thursday, November 17th, 2011

In a previous post I invited students and alumni of the School of Divinity to voice their opinion about the Future of the Seminary and the current attempt to restructure its curriculum. We had a large number of responses, many of them by email rather than directly to the post. Here are the results of opinions offered. They are interesting, to say the least, even if not always conclusive. The table below shows the responses ordered from highest to lowest percentage. Opposing opinions do not always show next to one another. Let me know what you think!

Number

Respondent Feedback

%

1

SOD should keep biblical language/biblical studies courses

15

2

SOD should offer more practical/ministry-oriented courses

12

3

SOD should NOT reduce or drop spiritual formation courses

8

4

SOD should keep systematic theological courses

8

5

SOD should revamp church history

7

6

SOD should offer academically oriented courses

6

7

SOD should NOT reduce the degree programs

6

8

SOD should offer courses related to education, counseling, and  psychology

  4

9

SOD should reduce or drop spiritual formation classes

4

10

SOD should find a way to reduce the courses/costs

4

11

SOD should offer more electives and reduce the core

4

12

SOD should offer more online courses

4

13

SOD should offer training in technological research tools

3

14

SOD should implement a mentoring program

3

15

SOD should re-evaluate practical/ministry-oriented courses

3

16

SOD should revamp missiological courses

3

17

SOD should reduce the electives

2

18

SOD should offer chaplaincy program

1

19

SOD should offer more summer courses

1

20

SOD should create more motivating pedagogical techniques

1

21

SOD should offer public speaking courses

1

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