Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness
Eden is a member of and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:
MDiv, MA in Pastoral Studies, MTS, DMin
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
Eden is an open and affirming seminary. Eden is approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
No student will be barred from admission on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation, and all opportunities at Eden will be open to all who are qualified according to the purposes of the Seminary.
Statement of Educational Effectiveness
The ATS and NCA call for all accredited schools to post public statements of educational effectiveness. To do so Eden has assembled data from student demographics, graduation and retention rates, default rates from our graduates who participate in the Federal Student Loan Program, and various student surveys regarding satisfaction with Eden's programs and the post-graduation experience.
Student Demographics and Diversity
A key component of the Eden educational experience is the diversity of our community of faith and learning (denominationally, racial-ethnically, and internationally). The Eden faculty is made of 12 teachers and scholars, 7 women and 5 men. One third of Eden's faculty is racial-ethnic minorities. Eden's student body is ecumenically diverse, (35 % UCC, 15 % UMC, and the remaining 50% an array of other denominations and traditions, e.g., DOC, AME, CME, MCC, Episc, PCUSA, Baptist, ELCA; Roman Catholic, Unitarian, and non-denominational*) and racial-ethnically diverse (30 % African-American*). Eden is an Open and Affirming Seminary of the United Church of Christ.
Eden engages in a vigorous program of international educational partnerships that currently hosts 8 students from 7 countries in our various degree programs. These students use their Eden education as a means to empower their teaching and leadership of the Church in their countries. In addition to the church in North America, dozens of Eden graduates since 2000 lead the Church in China, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Philippines, South Korea, and the Isle of Mann.
*average based on 2010 – 2012 enrollment statistics
As a graduate professional school, Eden challenges students with a rigorous course of study that is accountable to the expectations of various denominational bodies for formation for ministry. As such, while Eden works hard to support students in their progress toward degree, admission is not insurance of graduation. Students must maintain a minimum GPA, pass a comprehensive Oral Examination of the goals of the curriculum, and complete 7 units of Contextual Education (evaluated by supervising ministers) in various settings of ministry. Nonetheless, Eden’s graduation and retention rates are strong. Between the years of 2006-2009 an average of 80% of students who were admitted to the MDIV program graduated in 3-4 years.
Loan Default and Placement Rates
Eden’s default rate in the Federal Loan program is low, and Eden’s program of financial literacy and counseling has been noted by the Missouri Department of Education as a model program. The low rate can be seen as one indicator that Eden’s graduates attain gainful employment post graduation. Additionally, a 2008 survey of recent graduates indicated that 85% of Eden’s graduates attained employment in professional ministry within one year of graduation.
Annually, Eden participates in a survey of graduating students administered by the ATS. Below you will find the results of the 2011-12 survey.