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
 
SLO #1 - Students will demonstrate extensive knowledge of the biblical text. 

  • 79% of students met or exceeded expectations of "extensive knowledge of the biblical text" on their final exams for the text courses they completed.
  • 100% of students who sat for their comprehensive exams this year met or exceeded expectations of “extensive knowledge of the biblical text” on the textual component of those exams.
 
SLO #2 - Students will demonstrate significant knowledge of basic Christian doctrine within historical and contemporary settings. 
  • 85% of students met or exceeded expectations of "significant knowledge of basic Christian doctrine within historical and contemporary settings" on a major research project.
  • 100% of students who sat for comprehensive exams this year met or exceeded expectations of "significant knowledge of basic Christian doctrine within historical and contemporary settings" on the doctrinal component of those exams
 
SLO #3 - Students will demonstrate mastery in theological research and writing. 
  • 68% of students met or exceeded expectations of "mastery in theological research and writing" on a major research project.
  • 100% of students who completed a thesis as a part of the Master of Arts in New Testament program met or exceeded expectations of “mastery in theological research and writing.”
 
SLO #4 - Students will demonstrate the scholarly and practical skills required to be effective ministers of the Gospel. 
  • 75% of students met or exceeded expectations of "the scholarly and practical skills required to be effective ministers of the Gospel" on a practical project in a ministry course.
  • 100% of students who completed an internship this year met or exceeded expectations of "the scholarly and practical skills required to be effective ministers of the Gospel."

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 2011-12 graduates, 11 of 15 (73%) are currently working in full-time ministry. Two others have begun another degree program and two are involved in part-time ministry.