Ben Witherington of Asbury Seminary has given his first impressions of our new seminary curriculum (although he does not name us) in a piece he wrote a week ago called M.Div. Lite! --Less Filling--Tastes Great!!
His concerns deserve a good hearing. My response is twofold: 1) there is much, much more Bible, theology, and church history in our degree than at first seems apparent, and 2) the rest is a difference in philosophy--traditional seminaries tend to be idealistic in a way that undermines the needs of most seminary students. "We do less and give more. They do more and give less."
See my clarifications on the seminary blog: Where's the Beef?