Institutional Effectiveness

Freed-Hardeman University Graduate School of Theology evaluates institutional effectiveness annually on the basis of findings in two categories: achievement of articulated student learning outcomes (SLOs) and student job placement rates.

 

Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes

M.A. Ministry

SLO #1 - Students will possess the necessary tools to explain the New Testament in view of its linguistic and historical contexts.

  • 84.2% of students met or exceeded expectations on "exegesis and application of a biblical text in a Bible text course."

  • 100% of M.A. Ministry students successfully completed comprehensive exams.

SLO #2 - Students will demonstrate the ability to extract major principles of Christian doctrine from the New Testament and apply them to modern Christian faith.

  • 93.7% of students met or exceeded expectationsregarding the explanation and application of Christian Doctrine in a historical doctrinal course.

  • 100% of M.A. Ministry students successfully completed comprehensive exams

SLO #3 - Students will demonstrate mastery in theological research and verbal communication (both written and oral).

  • 86.3% of students met or exceeded expectations for "theological research and verbal communication" in a Bible text or doctrinal course.

  • 81.8% of all thesis students met expectations for theological and verbal communication.

SLO #4 - Students will demonstrate the practical skills required to be effective ministers of the gospel.

  • 96.1% of students met or exceeded expectations regarding practical ministry skills according to the shared assignment rubric in a missions or ministry course..

  • 100% of students met or exceeded expectations according to the internship evaluation rubric.

Master of Divinity

SLO #1 - Students will demonstrate the ability to exegete and apply a biblical text in view of linguistic, historical, canonical, and contemporary contents..

  • 84.2% of students met or exceeded expectations on exegesis and application of a biblical text in a Bible text course.

  • 100% of M.Div. students successfully completed comprehensive exams.

  • 81.8% of students working on theses met expectations in relation to SLO2.

SLO #2 - Students will demonstrate the ability to explain and apply major principles of Christian doctrine within historical and contemporary settings.

  • 93.7% of M.Div. students met or exceeded expectations regarding the explanation and application of Christian Doctrine in a historical doctrinal course.

  • 100% of Master of Divinity students successfully completed comprehensive exams.

SLO #3 - Students will demonstrate mastery in theological research and verbal communication (both written and oral).

  • 86.3% of students met or exceeded expectations for theological research and verbal communication in a Bible text or doctrinal course.

  • 81.8% of all thesis students met expectations for theological and verbal communication.

SLO #4 - Students will demonstrate the practical skills required to be effective ministers of the gospel.

  • 96.1% of students met or exceeded expectations regarding practical skills according to the shared assignment rubric in a missions or ministry course.

  • 100% of students met or exceeded expectations according to the internship evaluation rubric.

 

M.A. New Testament

SLO #1 - Students will demonstrate the necessary tools to explain the New Testament in view of its linguistic and historical contexts.

  • 84.2% of students met or exceeded expectations on exegesis and application of a biblical text in a Bible text course.

  • 88.8% of M.A. New Testament students successfully completed comprehensive exams.

  • 81.8% of students working on theses met expectations in relation to SLO1.

SLO #2 - Students will demonstrate the ability to extract major principles of Christian doctrine from the New Testament and apply them to modern Christian faith.

  • 93.7% of students met or exceeded expectations regarding the explanation and application of Christian Doctrine in a historical doctrinal course.

  • 88.8% of M.A. in New Testament students who took comprehensive exams defended them successfully.

  • 81.8% of students working on theses met expectations in relation to SLO2.

SLO #3 - Students will demonstrate mastery in theological research and verbal communication (both written and oral).

  • 86.3% of students met or exceeded expectations for theological research and verbal communication in a Bible text or doctrinal course.

  • 81.8% of students met expectations for theological and verbal communication in a thesis.

 

Student Placement Rates

Our goal is to see our students involved in ministry following their training. Some students are already engaged in full or part-time ministry before they enter our programs. Others will seek employment with churches or other church-related organizations after they graduate. Still others will use our degrees as "stepping stones" to other degree programs. Our placement rates reflect these realities.

Of our 2015-16 graduates, 12 of 12 (100%) are currently working in full-time ministry.