In compliance with federal regulations set forth under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Saint Paul. Each topic provides a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and provides access to the information.
Saint Paul is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, has specialized accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools, is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and is affiliated with The United Methodist Church.
For additional information about Saint Paul’s accreditations and approvals, please visit the Accreditation page. For questions or to review the institution’s accreditation documents, please contact Jayme Lawlor, Assessment and Compliance Coordinator.
Saint Paul offers the following degree programs at both of its campus locations:
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
- Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
- Doctor of Ministry
Saint Paul also offers a Course of Study program through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.
Plans to improve academic programs
During the 2015-2016 academic year, faculty will review and reshape the focus of our General DMin program offerings. As we engage in this process of discernment and renewal, new DMin student enrollment will be postponed. Applications for future programs will resume during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Description of Written Arrangements
Saint Paul has written agreements with the following organizations that establish collaborations, partnerships, and/or business arrangements between the institutions:
- Avila University – Kansas City, MO
- Hyupsung University – South Korea
- Kansas Wesleyan University – Salina, KS
- Mokwon University – South Korea
- Oklahoma City University – Oklahoma City, OK
- United Methodist Church of the Resurrection – Leawood, KS
- Yonsei University – South Korea
Transfer of Credit Policies
Saint Paul has established transfer credit policies, which are published in the Community Handbook. These policies discuss the assessment of courses for transfer credit for both degree-seeking and non-degree deacon studies students. For questions or more information, please visit the Registrar’s page.
Faculty and Instructional Personnel
Saint Paul employs 12 full-time faculty (3 of which also maintain significant staff responsibilities), two emeritus faculty, and approximately 20-30 adjunct faculty. For more information on our full-time and emeritus faculty, please visit the Faculty page.
Saint Paul is one seminary in two locations. The Saint Paul: Church of the Resurrection location consists of an educational site at the facilities of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, an administrative site (about three miles north of the educational site) in Overland Park, KS, and access to additional library facilities at Avila University in Kansas City, MO.
The Saint Paul: Oklahoma City University location is housed within the OCU campus grounds, where students have access to a plethora of university resources.
Housing and Accommodations
Although Saint Paul does not own or lease any on-campus housing facilities, there are several options available to commuter and residential students near both campus locations. For more information on these options, please visit the Housing & Accommodations page.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law regarding the privacy of student records and the obligations of the institution, primarily in the areas of release of records and the access provided to these records. Saint Paul School of Theology enforces FERPA regulations across the community (faculty, staff, students, visitors, etc.); these efforts are monitored by the Registrar’s office. For more detailed information on FERPA regulations, please click here or visit the Registrar’s page.
Saint Paul School of Theology policies and procedures ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in the life of Saint Paul. No otherwise qualified person shall be subject to discrimination in employment due to any disability, and otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities will be afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all education programs and activities at Saint Paul.
To read the institution’s full accessibility accommodations policy, as described in the Community Handbook, please click here. For more information, including contact information for the Associate Deans of Students on each campus and procedures for how to request an accommodation, please visit the Student Services page.
Saint Paul strictly prohibits copyright infringement. The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities. To read the institution’s full policy on copyright infringement, as described in the Community Handbook, please click here.
Information regarding required and recommended textbooks for all Saint Paul courses may be found by clicking on the Booklists and Advanced Assignments tab of the Registrar’s page. Information provided includes book title, author(s), number of pages assigned, publisher/date, ISBN, and list price. SPST utilizes Cokesbury’s online bookstore services and encourages students to participate in e-book, textbook rental, and textbook buy-back programs (when possible) to help reduce the cost.
Student Body Diversity
As part of the institutional mission, Saint Paul is committed to the diversity and inclusivity of its community. The following diversity report gives a brief review of the age, gender, ethnicity, and religious denomination demographics of our entire student body during the stated academic year, as well as the newly admitted students/cohort for the year.
As an institution of higher learning, we strongly encourage our students, faculty, and staff to participating in the voting process. More detailed information will be distributed to the Saint Paul community as major elections draw near. In the meantime, please click on the applicable link below and register to vote in your state:
Financial Services Policies and Information
Please click on the links below for more detailed information regarding Saint Paul’s financial services. This information can also be found in the 2015-2016 Community Handbook and by visiting the Financial Aid and Tuition & Fees pages of our website.
- School Costs
- Financial Assistance Available
- Applying for Financial Aid
- Rights & Responsibilities of Students Receiving Financial Aid
- Withdrawal Procedures, Refunds, & Return of Financial Aid
Study Abroad FSA Policy
Saint Paul does not offer a study abroad program. Therefore, federal student aid is not available for such a program.
For more information about your financial aid award, please contact our Director of Student Financial Services, Kim Warren, at 913-253-5050.
To inquire about your tuition balance, please contact Naina Chhabria in our Student Accounts Office at 913-253-5051.
Commitment to Equal Opportunity
Saint Paul School of Theology is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, disability, citizenship or intending citizenship status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by law (“protected status”). This is reflected in all policies, programs and procedures of the Seminary. Saint Paul School of Theology complies with all applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws and strives to keep the institution free from all forms of illegal discrimination and harassment.
Complaints of Discrimination
In compliance with federal regulations and in support of the institution’s commitment to a safe learning/working environment, the Equity Compliance Office was established to investigate and monitor complaints of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, or any other protected status.
Any member of the Saint Paul community who would like to file a complaint of discrimination may do so in the following ways:
- Complete and mail/email/deliver the Discrimination Complaint Form
- Contact the Equity Compliance Office directly
Equity Compliance Office
Melissa Whalen, Equity Compliance Officer
Saint Paul School of Theology
4370 W. 109th, Ste 300
Overland Park, KS 66211
Annual Safety and Security Report
Saint Paul School of Theology publishes and distributes an annual campus security report to students, faculty, and staff by October 1st each year. The information contained in the report includes current policies and procedures, as well as statistical data obtained through collaborations among the Campus Security Authorities and local law enforcement offices in Leawood and Overland Park, Kansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The following reports provide you with the latest crime statistics on campus, as well as Saint Paul’s policies for ensuring a safe and secure learning environment. For more information, please visit the Campus Safety and Security page.
- 2015 Saint Paul: Church of the Resurrection Annual Security Report
- 2015 Saint Paul: Oklahoma City University Annual Security Report
To request a printed copy of these reports or to report a campus emergency, please contact the Campus Security Authorities or Equity Compliance Officer below:
Campus Security Authorities (CSAs):
Rev. Margaretta Narcisse, Associate Dean of Students, SPST: Resurrection
Rev. Rick Burns, Associate Dean of Students and Associate Director of Contextual Education, SPST: OCU
Equity Compliance Officer:
Melissa Whalen, Equity Compliance Officer
Since Saint Paul is a graduate level-only institution, we are not able to calculate the graduation rate of degree-seeking, first-time, full-time undergraduate students (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education). However, Saint Paul defines its graduation rate as degree-seeking students who have completed their program within 150% of normal completion time for the degree (4.5-6 years depending on degree).
This information is calculated by cohort and degree program and is presented below. A cohort is defined as a group of students who began their program within the same academic year. The most recently completed cohort for whom 150% of normal completion time has lapsed for all degree programs is Cohort 1011, which includes students who began their degree during the 2010-2011 academic year. Because cohorts for some degree programs are quite small, the data is presented as a percentage of the degree/cohort, as well as the number of students the percentage describes.
- Cohort 1011 graduation rate = 54.2% (32 out of 59 students)
- MDIV – 58.1% (18/31)
- MACM – 20% (1/5; 1 persisting)
- MA(TS) – 100% (1/1)
- DMIN – 54.5% (12/22; 3 persisting)
- Cohort 0910 graduation rate = 55.1% (49 out of 89 students)
- MDIV – 51.7% (30/58)
- MASM – 25% (1/4)
- MA(TS) – 50% (2/4)
- DMIN – 69.6% (16/23; 3 persisting)
Saint Paul defines its retention rate as a one-year snapshot from the degree program’s primary semester of admission (fall-to-fall for master’s students; winter-to-winter for doctoral students). For example, of the master’s degree students enrolled in Fall 2014, how many are still enrolled in Fall 2015?
Overall academic year retention rates are presented below, including master’s and doctoral students. For a more detailed report, delineated by degree, please click here.
- 2014 – 2015 = 88% retention
- 2013 – 2014 = 76% retention
- 2012 – 2013 = 81% retention
- 2011 – 2012 = 73% retention
Saint Paul defines its persistence rate as those students who have maintained enrollment toward degree completion. This calculation includes those students who may not have completed their degree within the 150% of normal completion time (as seen in the graduation rate) but are still enrolled toward completion.
This information is calculated by cohort and is compared by the number of years since cohort admission. Master’s degree persistence data is collected as of Fall 2015; doctoral program data is collected as of Winter 2016. Overall cohort persistence rates as of the 2015-2016 academic year are presented below. For a more detailed report, please click here.
- Cohort 1415 = 81% persisting
- Cohort 1314 = 76% persisting
- Cohort 1213 = 68% persisting
- Cohort 1112 = 52% persisting
Saint Paul reviews the employment rates of its recent graduates at 6 months (initial – Nov.) and 12 months (final – May) post-graduation. Employment status categories are those used for annual reporting to the Association of Theological Schools. Employment rates are defined as the number of students either employed or enrolled for further study out of the number of students whose employment status is known and who intend to be employed.
- Final 12-month employment rates:
- AY2014-2015 graduates = 100%
- AY2013-2014 graduates = 100%
- AY2012-2013 graduates = 100%
Institutional effectiveness at Saint Paul School of Theology is measured through the following key elements:
- Academic and administrative goals and outcomes consistent with the mission and values of Saint Paul School of Theology;
- Implementation of an institution-wide assessment plan that measures achievement of the academic and administrative goals and outcomes;
- Use of assessment findings to improve programs and services;
- Compliance with the accreditation standards of the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Theological Schools.
Educational effectiveness at Saint Paul is measured in both direct and indirect methods by the following key elements:
- Achievement of the student learning outcome(s) identified for specific courses and for the student’s designated degree program;
- Retention and persistence rates;
- Graduation rates;
- Employment rates within 12 months post-graduation;
- Solicited feedback from alumni and employers of Saint Paul graduates.
To view results of these educational effectiveness measurements, please visit the Student Outcomes tab.
For more information on Saint Paul School of Theology, financial assistance, graduation and completion rates, security policies, and crime statistics, please contact one of the following Saint Paul staff members:
- Margaretta Narcisse, Associate Dean of Students (SPST: Resurrection) – firstname.lastname@example.org, (913) 253-5097
- Rick Burns, Associate Dean (SPST: OCU) – email@example.com, (405) 208-5758
- Kim Warren, Director of Financial Aid – firstname.lastname@example.org, (913) 253-5050
- Jayme Lawlor, Assessment and Compliance Coordinator – email@example.com, (913) 253-5055