When we talk about “learning outcomes” at Kingswood University, we are referring to much more than what our graduates “know” but to also who they are “becoming.” Thus, we have two words that best describe our mission, holistic and integrated.
A holistic approach means that all life-lessons pour into the learning process. While we recognize the significant role the classroom has in our students’ education, we also believe that corporate worship in chapel, doing life together in the dorms, and serving alongside one another in ministry (PULSE) is equally important. All these experiences bring about a holistic transformation of head, heart, and hands.
Additionally, we design our classes to be integrated, to carefully work together for good (Rom 8:28). We purposely incorporate “head-learning” with heart-transformation that is supported by hands-of-service to our Father’s world, both locally and globally. For example, a Bible class may have an exegesis assignment that intentionally serves as an input into a preaching class. Or a theology lecture on the Sacrament of Communion will purposely set up a Pastoral Ministries class discussion about serving Communion. That discussion may then flow seamlessly into the actual celebration of the Lord’s Supper in our chapel service.
Kingswood University is designed as “classrooms without walls.” Learning takes place everywhere all the time.
In a detailed guide which describes our Student Learning Outcomes, you will see that our bold, primary goal is to partner with the Holy Spirit in helping each student to become “Christ-like” in all areas of life. Since we can only assess what we clearly express, these outcomes are detailed by design.
Other indicators that help us measure success include:
- Retention Rate indicates the number of students that continue as students from one semester to the next. Our 5-year average for this semester-to-semester retention rate is 89%.
- Graduation Rate measures the number of students who graduate within 1½ times the allotted time-frame for their program. Our five-year average is 57%.
- Employment Placement Rate reveals how many of our students gain employment in a position that reflects an area of their academic and ministry training. From the graduating class of 2015, 72% are engaged in ministry employment relating to their education, with an additional 8% pursuing further education. From the graduating class of 2016, 64% have already accepted ministry positions and a further 9% have already enrolled in an advanced degree programs.