Statement on Educational Effectiveness 

Luther Seminary is committed to assuring and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.  Institutional structures help to ensure that stakeholders are engaged in an active and productive conversation about the health of our programs and the development of our students.  To aid is in data-driven decision making, quality assurance and enhancement efforts are informed by a variety of direct and indirect measures of student experience and student learning, such as student surveys and interviews, course evaluations, and the direct assessment of student learning measured against clearly stated learning outcomes at the institutional, program or course level.  Looking outside the seminary, we also measure educational effectiveness through a wide variety of faculty-led research projects which aim to better understand the pressing issues which face the Church, World and Academy and shape our collective work. 

Moreover, Educating Leaders for Christian Communities is in part about setting students on a firm foundation to fully live out God’s calling in their lives.  We take seriously the financial and vocational needs of our students.  30% of our students are able to complete their program without the need of federal loan assistance and 50% of our first degree students receive merit based scholarships ranging from $5000 to $15000.  In addition, students can apply for need based aid and an institutional loan of which 50% can be forgiven after 5 years of ministry upon graduation. Finally, on average, 85% of our graduates find employment within 1-year of completing their program of study.   For questions about the Seminary's program of assessment and educational effectiveness, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.