Educational Effectiveness

Freed-Hardeman University Graduate School of Theology evaluates educational 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  (These SLOs have been recently revised and, as a result, have not been assessed. Data will be posted when it becomes available.)

SLO #1 - Students will demonstrate effective research and writing in areas related to ministry and church leadership.

SLO #2 - Students will identify appropriate academic and theoretical principles to church leadership, missions, counseling, and education.

SLO #3 - Students will demonstrate competence in religious communication, both in interpersonal and public settings.

SLO #4 - Students will exhibit skills in practical application of biblical and ministry principles to real-world situations.

SLO #5 - Students will demonstrate significant maturity in personal spiritual formation.

Master of Divinity

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

  • 84.6% of students met or exceeded expectations on exegesis and application of a biblical text in a Bible text course.
  • 100% of students successfully completed comprehensive exams.
  • 92.3% of students met or exceeded expectations regarding the explanation and application of Christian Doctrine in a historical/doctrinal course.

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.

  • 92.3% of students met or exceeded expectations regarding the explanation and application of Christian Doctrine in a historical/doctrinal course.

  • 100% of students successfully completed comprehensive exams.

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

  • 86.6% of students met or exceeded expectations for theological research and verbal communication in a Bible text or historical/doctrinal course.

  • 84.6% of students met or exceeded expectations on exegesis and application of a biblical text in a Bible text course.

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

  • 90.9% 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.

 

SLO #5 - Students will demonstrate significant maturity in personal, spiritual formation.

  • The Spiritual Formation Survey was not administered during this assessment cycle.

 

 

M.A. New Testament

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

  • The suggestion of at least one major exegesis paper of 10-15 pages was not followed in all Bible text courses in the GST. On research papers in general, 55.172% of students met or exceeded expectations.

  • The Greek language component has been completed, and 100% of M.A. New Testament students successfully completed comprehensive exams.

  • The thesis information packet has been shared with students, and a meeting was held in May 2018 to improve it.

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

  • Dr. Rogers completed these practical projects in all his Bible text courses, and 88.23% of students met or exceeded expectations.

  • 2017-2018 was one of our largest graduating classes in recent memory. 100% of students passed comprehensive exams, and 80% passed without qualification.

  • 80% 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).

  • In 2017-2018, 80.95% of students met or exceeded expectations for theological research and verbal communication.

  • The oral presentation aspect of the thesis was postponed until the Fall of 2019.

SLO #4 - Students will demonstrate significant maturity in personal, spiritual formation.

  • The Spiritual Formation Survey was not administered during this assessment cycle.

 

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 2017-18 graduates, 4 of 7 (57.14%) are currently working in full-time ministry.