Accreditation

ST. AUGUSTINE'S SEMINARY ACT, 1983

 

 

St. Augustine's Seminary of Toronto which has been in existence since 1913, was incorporated in 1983 by an Act of the Provincial Legislature of Ontario to which royal assent was given on June 21st of that year. By virtue of this Act, St. Augustine's Seminary has the power to grant its own degrees in theology, including honorary degrees.

 

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE CONGREGATION OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION, 1996

In July 1996, St. Augustine's Seminary was established by the Holy See through its Congregation of Catholic Education as an autonomous Theological Institute with the special faculty to grant the academic degree of the Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology [S.T.B.]. By this faculty, St. Augustine's Seminary's mission is greatly enhanced in priestly preparation and the overall academic Program. The Statutes were approved in 1996, 2002, and again in 2008 for a period of ten years.

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE TORONTO SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (T.S.T.)

St. Augustine's Seminary is a founding and charter member of the Toronto School of Theology (T.S.T.), a consortium of seven theological colleges and faculties providing both Basic and Advanced Degree (Masters and Doctoral) Programs, established in 1969.

 

The seven colleges are Knox (Presbyterian), Emmanuel (United Church), Trinity and Wycliffe (both Anglican), and the three Roman Catholic members: Regis, St. Michael's and St. Augustine's. Through the T.S.T., the member colleges co-operate effectively in sharing resources and facilities. A rich variety of resources from different theological traditions is made available to students in a manner that respects the identity and integrity of each tradition. Classes are held in the member colleges on the campus of the University of Toronto.  The colleges share a common academic timetable and all members of the T.S.T. have access to the library facilities of the colleges and to those of the University of Toronto.


Due to their specific responsibility to the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic colleges co-operate in a special manner in the Theological Department (Systematics and Ethics) to ensure that course offerings in these areas fulfil the requirements established by the Holy See and the Canadian Bishops. Thus, students of St. Augustine's take courses offered in the Theological Department only in the Roman Catholic colleges while they may avail themselves of the rich array of offerings in the whole T.S.T. through the Biblical, Historical and Pastoral Departments.

 

ST. AUGUSTINE'S AND THE ASSOCIATION OF THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA [A.T.S.]

In 1980 St. Augustine's Seminary received full accredited membership in the Association of Theological Schools. St. Augustine's was the first diocesan seminary in Canada to receive this recognition of its academic calibre and spiritual resources.

St. Augustine's is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the following degrees are approved: Master of Divinity [M.Div.], Master of Religious Education [M.R.E.] and Master of Theological Studies [M.T.S.]. St. Augustine's also has approval for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. 

The Commission contact information is:

The   Commission   on   Accrediting   of   the   Association   of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505, Fax: 412-788-6510

Website: www.ats.edu

Statement of Educational Effectiveness

The Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools requires accredited schools to publish a statement regarding the school’s educational effectiveness. St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto is committed to providing quality theological education in conjunction with our formation programs for the candidates to the Diocesan Priesthood, and the candidates to the Permanent Diaconate (STB/MDiv/DTS).

Our theological degrees in education ministry and general theological knowledge (MRE/MTS) and diplomas in lay ministry and foundational theological education (DLM/DTS) provide a variety of choices and course delivery methods for our lay students, both men and women, and are complemented by our Lay Spiritual Formation Program which offers opportunities for personal spiritual formation.

The Association of Theological Schools [ATS] Graduating Student Questionnaire findings for the last three years indicate that our degree graduates are consistently satisfied with the educational effectiveness in facilitating the following skill areas, as specifically related to program outcomes: 

GRADUATING STUDENTS: 2012‒2014 

 1 - Not at all effective  2 - Not very effective  3 - Somewhat effective  4 - Effective  5 - Very effective 


Level of Satisfaction

Average

Master of Divinity

Average

MRE/MTS

Average

ALL

Ability to preach well

3.80

3.70

3.75

Knowledge of church doctrine and history

4.10

4.42

4.26

Ability to lead others

3.67

4.05

3.86

Ability to conduct worship/liturgy

4.20

4.00

4.10

Ability to interact effectively with those of religious traditions other than my own

3.53

3.82

3.68

Ability to work effectively within my own religious tradition

4.53

4.43

4.48

Ability to interact effectively with those from cultural and racial/ethnic contexts other than my own

4.00

3.95

3.98

Awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced

3.80

4.15

3.98

Ability to work effectively with both women and men

4.15

4.25

4.20

Ability to relate social issues to faith

3.67

4.38

4.03

Ability in pastoral counseling

4.07

3.77

3.92

Knowledge of Christian philosophy and ethics

4.00

4.27

4.12


To further measure program success and cohesiveness, St. Augustine’s Seminary has monitored the average grades in our capstone courses for the Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education, and the in-depth area for our Master of Theological Studies graduates. The 2012-2014 three-year averages are:

Degree Program

Capstone Course

Grade Point Average*

Master of Divinity

Theological Integration

3.7

Master of Religious Education

Religious Education Practicum and Globalization

4.0

Master of Theological Studies

Various Subject Areas

3.7

*The University of Toronto grading scheme in which 4.0 is the highest rank and 3.7 is considered “excellent”.

Course evaluations conducted from 2012 to 2014, with a combined total of 1125 responses, determined that 91% (1022) of students were satisfied that their course contributed to the degree outcomes of their program. In Winter 2015, out of 98 responses, 93% (91) responded that their course contributed to the degree outcomes of their program.

Characteristic feedback on the value of our courses is evident in following testimonials:

Lecture Courses:

All of the course constituted applications of the reality of the laity and of the priest's ministry.

and 

This course helped me spiritually and also led me to use Paul's letters for my "Lectio Divina."

Online Courses:

The course is well articulated, the objectives clear and the teacher readily available to all questions, to guide; thus, even if it’s an online course, the interactions are really efficient, that is a great point which will make me recommend this course to many people.

and

I learned a lot and loved the learning experience; the professor was obviously knowledgeable and knew how to conduct an online class in a way that maximized the value of the learning experience.

As part of its commitment to the Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools, St. Augustine’s Seminary has refined and deepened its approach to program assessment and student learning outcomes by creating a three-year assessment cycle to determine the effectiveness and coherence of our program outcomes.


St. Augustine's and The University of Toronto

In 1978, the federation of the Toronto School of Theology entered into an agreement with the University of Toronto in order to foster academic excellence and improve the resources available for theological education in Ontario. In the renewed agreements of July 1, 1983, July 1, 1989, July 1, 2001, July 1, 2004 and July 1, 2014, St. Augustine's Seminary, along with the other members of the federation, was empowered to grant degrees in theology conjointly with the University of Toronto. 


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