Academics At Columbia
Columbia Theological Seminary regularly exceeds standards set for the 10 seminaries which are in relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Columbia consistently receives top scores on ordination examinations, while training students for the practical work of ministry in the community. Additionally, it reports on educational effectiveness to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) based on questionnaires submitted by recent alumni/ae, and internal evaluations of learning outcomes.
Columbia Theological Seminary’s strategic planning process invites input from faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, and alumni/ae. The plans address the development of our curriculum, the improvement of our facilities, and the resulting service for our students. Columbia students engage a wide range of theological, social, and other issues directly in classroom exercises, open forum discussions, and as much as possible through hands-on experience in the community. While faculty and students may hold a variety of perspectives on these issues, we model and encourage civil discussion at every step.