Yesterday I received an e-mail request to complete an Alumni Survey. The survey, sent by the university from which I received my doctoral degree, is a standard instrument provided by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The survey included a significant number of questions related to the usefulness of coursework for my current position and my overall experience. Since I now work full-time in higher education, I found many of the questions intriguing, especially those about theology and technology. A few examples of each follow:
- Select your satisfaction with the following statement in terms of your experience: “Technology enabled me to get the services I needed when I needed them.” (The reply options were listed using a Likert scale ranging from very satisfied to not satisfied at all)
- In your opinion, has the online experience given you an education better than, about equal to, or not as good as a face-to-face educational experience?
- How would you characterize your theological views? (The reply options were listed using a Likert scale ranging from very conservative to very liberal.)
- Since you graduated from seminary, have you become theologically . . . (Answers: more conservative, less conservative, more liberal, less liberal, about the same).