Our Commitment

The George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University is "committed to holistic student development by equipping students through theological and biblical reflection, spiritual formation, lifelong learning, ministry service, and cross-cultural sensitivity."

The Seminary has put in place a number of institutional structures to measure educational effectiveness. These measures include both direct and indirect forms of assessment, focused primarily on the program goals for each degree. Indirect measures of student learning include student surveys (Graduating Student Questionnaire) as well as focus groups and student interviews. Alumni surveys are also used. Direct assessment occurs in many forms. Student learning is measured against institutional and program goals using a variety of instruments (e.g., mentoring portfolios, capstone papers, sermons). In the semester-long mentoring experience, mentors provide a thorough assessment of the students' ability to integrate classroom learning within a ministry context. The primary aim of the entire assessment program is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning conducted at the Seminary.

The Seminary also seeks to provide a stellar education in a timely fashion. In spring 2012, 90% of the Master of Divinity graduates completed the 93-hour in 4 years or less. The Seminary also remains concerned about the mounting educational debt taken on by many students in higher education. Over 50% of the spring 2012 graduates reported incurring no debt while in Seminary.

The student placement rate for the Seminary remains strong. Of the 83 graduates from the 2011-12 academic year, 82.3% were placed within a year of graduation.

The academic, spiritual, and community life experienced at Truett Seminary creates an environment that maximizes growth for students. When asked, 100% of graduating students indicated that they would come to Truett if they had the opportunity to do it all over again (Graduating Student Questionnaire).

For questions related to the Seminary's program of assessment and educational effectiveness, please contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.