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Kingswood University Outcomes

Mission

Kingswood University exists to serve Jesus Christ by strengthening the local and global church through forming Christ-like servant leaders in a community that creatively blends academic excellence and practical ministry experience with intentional spiritual formation.

Goals

In the accomplishment of the Mission of the University, the specific goal of Kingswood University is to enrich the knowledge, skills and Christ-like disposition of ministers of all types – pastors, missionaries, children’s and youth pastors, church planters, worship leaders, teachers for Christian schools, general Christian service workers, and committed lay people who will strengthen the local and global church. This is to be achieved by guiding student development in:

  • an appreciation for their role in the church universal (through space and time);
  • an understanding and experience of what it means to be a well-rounded wholesome Christian, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually;
  • a formation of a biblical worldview, incorporating a biblical sense of values, an understanding of God’s plan for their lives, and their privileges and responsibilities in contemporary life;
  • an understanding of the way academic excellence and practical ministry experience are inseparably intertwined with intentional spiritual formation.

General Objectives

Kingswood graduates will:

  • demonstrate a greater knowledge of the Bible and the central doctrines of the Christian faith;
  • articulate a developing biblical GE 302based on study and experience, and which impacts all areas of life;
  • apply research and critical thinking skills for independent research and effective communication of truth;
  • develop as Christ life servant leaders, exhibiting ongoing development in all areas of life;
  • reflect on ministry experiences in church and parachurch settings.

MEASUREMENTS

The following tools are used to help assess fulfilment of our mission and objectives:

TOOL

DESCRIPTION

FREQUENCY

ABHE Bible Exam

Used to measure student growth in Biblical & theological knowledge

Every September

Intentional research assignments in courses at all levels

Used to measure development in research, writing, and critical thinking

At least one course per year; frequency determined by program requirements

Student Course Evaluations

Help inform professors about course content, delivery of the content, and faculty-student interaction

Every semester/term

Spiritual Formation Component Reports

A measure of student engagement in spiritual formation elements

Weekly

Practical Ministry reflections

Required reflection reports for all ministry placements

Every semester/term; frequency determined by program requirements

Practical Ministry evaluations

Supervisor reports addressing student participation, attitude, skills and dispositions during practical ministry assignments

Every semester/term; frequency determined by program requirements

Student Interviews

Individual interviews with the President allowing for reflection

First semester & last semester

Graduate Placement

Data collection about placement of graduates six months following graduation

Every fall

Alumni Surveys

Data collection from alumni three-year and ten-years after graduation

Every summer

Retention Rates

Percentage of students who re-enrol the next semester, term, and/or year

Every semester/term

Graduation Rates

Percentage of students who graduate within 1.5 of the allotted completion time

Every year

RETENTION RATES

Retention relates to the number of students who continue as students from one term, semester, or year to the next

 

UNDERGRADUATE

GRADUATE

 

New Students

Year-to-Year

Year-to-Year

 

1st to 2nd Year

2nd to 3rd Year*

3rd to 4th Year

2015-2016

60

64%

100%

84%

100%

2016-2017

55

89%

93%

97%

100%

2017-2018

43

85%

100%

92%

75%

2018-2019

50

71%

83%

95%

88%

2019-2020

40

78%

90%

 

88%

2020-2021

37

79%

 

 

100%

* Does not include those who completed a 2-year program and did not return

COMPLETION RATES

Completion rates measure the number of students who completed their program within 1½ times the allotted timeframe; for example, those who completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in six years or less.

 

UNDERGRADUATE

GRADUATE

 

Completion Rate

Class Size

Completion Rate

Class Size

2011-2012

57%

61

 

 

2012-2013

58%

59

 

 

2013-2014

61%

56

88%

16

2014-2015

67%

70

86%

7

2015-2016

47%

60

100%

6

2016-2017

73% (anticipated)

43

100%

9

2017-2018

76% (anticipated)

50

75%

8

2018-2019

 

 

88%

8

2019-2020

 

 

88% (anticipated)

16

BIBLE KNOWLEDGE STANDARDIZED EXAM

Kingswood uses the ABHE Bible Knowledge Exam as a means of assessing an increase in Biblical and theological knowledge. Prior to 2021 this instrument was used upon enrolment and at graduation as a measure of increased knowledge of the Bible and Christian theology. Because of changes in the test instrument and in Kingswood’s use of testing, data from prior to 2019 is inconsistent and comparative data for 2021 graduates is not available.

 

AVERAGE CHANGE IN SCORE

Graduating class

Old Testament

New Testament

Overall

2019

+ 5%

+ 11%

+ 7%

2020

+ 14%

+ 21%

+ 17%

2021

 

 

 

Beginning in Fall 2020 Kingswood is using a new Bible Knowledge Exam created by and provided by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. In time, this will provide comparative data among the Association’s institutions. 

PLACEMENT RATES

Placement rates below indicate how many graduates of undergraduate programs are serving in a related field and/or pursuing further education in a related field six months after graduation.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION
(Related Field)

EMPLOYMENT/PLACEMENT (Related Field)

CLASS SIZE

2016

39%

50%

44

2017

33%

53%

40

2018

22%

64%

45

2019

36%

47%

36

2020

30%

52%

46