There is a growing emphasis on outcomes assessment in higher education. Colleges, universities, and seminaries are being challenged by accrediting associations, government regulatory agencies, and other constituencies to prove that the students who graduate deserve the degrees that are being granted. Although many higher education institutions are struggling to accomplish this, it is the competency-based orientation of our leadership development programs that makes it possible for the Antioch School to grant degrees with confidence.
The Antioch School relies on an extensive, robust portfolio assessment system to provide abundant and multi-layered evidence that its students deserve the degrees that are being granted. In terms of outcomes assessment, the Antioch School is already ahead of the curve. Emphasis on portfolio assessment and ongoing mentoring assists with development throughout the program, not just within individual courses.
Students in Antioch School programs will be assessed according to the following sets of competencies (not all sets are assessed in each program):
- Life and Ministry Development grounded in a deep understanding of God's design for each person, as well as extensive mentoring and evaluation done by church leaders using biblical qualifications for ministry.
- Leadership Series I Modules that rely on Acts and the Pauline Epistles as manuals for church development.
- Leadership Series II Modules that utilize biblical theology to let the inspired message of Scripture unfold and a theology-in-culture orientation to complete the process of Scripture having its intended impact.
- Ministry Strategy Plans that integrate Leadership Series I modules in an ongoing comprehensive and personal ministry philosophy and plan.
- Major Projects that integrate Leadership Series II modules in an ongoing, comprehensive process of building a biblical theology.
- Ministry Practicum opportunities to learn through substantial ministry responsibilities and reflection on ministry experience.
- Teaching Practicum opportunities to learn through substantial teaching experiences and demonstrate learning through careful reflection. grounded in a deep understanding of God's design for each person, as well as extensive mentoring and evaluation done by church leaders using biblical qualifications for ministry.
- Paradigm Transformation Seminars and Projects to inquire deeply about ministry concepts and build ministry plans from beyond traditional perspectives.
- Biblical Theology in Culture Seminars and Defenses of the biblical theology of each biblical book, canonical section, Old and New Testaments, and the entire Bible.
- Doctoral Projects which make substantial contributions to the progress of biblical theology and its significance for cultural impact.
- General Education that provides a core of analytical, communicative, and quantitative skills.
- Other / Electives allow students and partners to customize programs to include additional courses or other learning experiences of special interest to them.