Ecclesial Engagement:

assessed April 2013

Evaluations of student work (analysis of written assignments in RS-180, Senior Seminar, according to the PLO Assessment Rubric for Hermeneutical Competence) all fell between ‘3-Good’ and ‘4-Excellent’ as follows: 5 students at 3, and 4 at 3+.

The written assignments asked:

For four years, you’ve been working to this point, your last assignment as an RS major. Bringingall your education, your biblical study skills, your theological analysis, your knowledge of theworld around us, and your understanding of the Church, you will preach a sermon related to violence to the rest of the class. Your sermon should thoughtfully, insightfully, ethically, morally, and imaginatively explain the meaning and significance of your chosen text or topic, and provide a message for the Church today.

Student self-evaluations (in RS-180, Senior Seminar, at the conclusion of class, and focus group discussion) all fell between ‘Good’ and ‘Excellent’, averaging 3.4.

In response, the department has developed preaching activities in two upper-division courses to join other exercises strengthening and demonstrating hermeneutical competence. The department also initiated a regular annual RS-190 internships and practica course, which has recently been re-submitted for Serving Society GE credit.

The 2013 CUPA survey of seniors discussed Christian practices; church involvements figured prominently in students’ answers of the activities that most clearly demonstrated Christian commitment. Its results among our graduating seniors confirmed our assessment findings, both direct and indirect, from RS-180 exit interviews and final projects over the past few years. The department is satisfied with our current instrument.