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How will training organizations benefit from the SEAS?

Any organization or trainer involved in spiritual training – e.g., colleges or universities, seminaries, study courses, seminars or workshops – can use the SEAS first to determine the needs of a group of students and any particular areas where they need curriculum support and then to measure change as a result of a particular course of training. Thus the SEAS can provide an initial needs assessment, an objective measure of student development, and also an assessment of the effectiveness of a particular training. Here is an example of what part of an organizational report might look like on a group of students before training:

Spiritual Evolution Assessment Scale™ (SEAS)

Report for students in course starting Sept 15:

Distribution of students Percent Average Years of Meditation
Group 1 32% 0.5
Group 2 38% 2.5
Group 3 15% 5.0
Group 4 12% 6.5
Group 5 3% 9.5

Of the 50 students registered to start September 15, 70% have had less than 2.5 years of meditation practice, while 15% have had over 6.5 years.

Average Scores Mean Standard Deviation
Overall 43.6 3.8
Factors
Understand spiritual reality 40.1 2.7
Own spiritual development 47.4 2.4
Interacting with others 43.2 2.6

On average, the incoming students scored highest on concepts related to their own spiritual development and lower on an understanding of our spiritual reality and the implications for how they might interact with others. The standard deviations indicate that there is relatively little variability in how they responded to the three factors.

Average Scores Mean Standard Deviation
Knowledge of concepts 45.3 3.9
Application of concepts 41.9 4.3

On average, the incoming students have a stronger grasp of spiritual concepts as compared with their ability to apply those concepts in their daily lives.

Top areas where students need curriculum support:

  • The nature and purpose of spiritual laws
  • Understanding and dealing with fear
  • Understanding and applying the nature of energetic interconnectedness