Philosophy of Education Statement
The Master’s University is a comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, using biblically-centered curricula and co-curricular programs to educate maturing disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm and teach that:
The Holy Bible provides the authoritative base of our curricula, and that each academic discipline must be evaluated from a biblical perspective. That which is in harmony with the Word of God is truth and that which contradicts it is in error. We exercise thoughtful Christian liberty where the Scripture permits it.
There is no dichotomy between the sacred and secular; we treat the pursuit of education as an act of worship that honors and glorifies God.
The goal of education is to prepare the whole person. We seek to instill in our students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for their chosen profession, while cultivating their spiritual growth, strengthening their moral character, and developing their abilities as citizens and leaders.
About Educational Quality
at The Master’s University and Seminary
It is the commitment of The Master’s University and Seminary (TMUS) to offer challenging academic degree programs that seek to ensure student mastery of the skills and knowledge which are critical to success in one’s chosen profession, as well as preparation for further education at the graduate level. At the same time the university and Seminary make it a priority to provide support systems to maximize the potential for students to complete their degree work in a timely manner.
The following links provide access to data and a number reports which address both the areas of educational quality and student success.
At The Master’s University:
Baccalaureate Degree Graduation Rates for First-Time TMU Freshmen:
This report presents a summary of data submitted to Federal Government reporting the 6-year graduation rates for undergraduate students who enter TMU directly out of high school as First-Time Freshmen.
First Year Retention Rates for First-Time TMU Freshmen:
This report presents a summary of undergraduate student retention rates from first to second year for students entering TMU as First-Time Freshmen.
TMU Student Academic Performance Summaries:
This option provides a link to a set of summary reports taken from the Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback, & Intervention System (AEFIS). The reports summarize TMU student assessment data organized around the Program-Level Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for each major and degree program.
U.S. News "America's Best Colleges" TMU Ranking Summary:
This provides a report summarizing the past six years of ranking data for TMU which is published in the annual edition of U.S. News "America's Best Colleges."
Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) TMU Ratings: Every second year, the university participates in the national Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI). This provides a link to a set of web pages summarizing TMU rating data for the past administrations of the SSI.
Common Data Sets
The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers. Data is presented in the same "common" format used by most higher education institutions to facilitate comparisons among institutions.
Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory Summary Reports
The Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) is a 100\+ item national survey which asks students to use two 7-step scales to rate the relative importance and their relative satisfaction with virtually every aspect of college life. The Master's University administered the SSI annually from 1997 to 2008 during the month of November. Beginning in 2010, the schedule was shifted to administer the survey to its students during the fall semester of every even-numbered years.
The summaries of results from TMU's administration of the SSI can be accessed via the links below:
2018-19 TMU Noel-Levitz SSI Summary Reports
Noel Levitz 2018 Survey: TMU compared to 4-Year Private Institutions
2014-15 TMU Noel-Levitz SSI Summary Reports
Noel Levitz 2014 Survey: TMU compared to 4-Year Private Institutions
2012-13 TMU Noel-Levitz SSI Summary Reports
Noel Levitz 2012 Survey: TMU compared to 4-Year Private Institutions
2010-11 TMU Noel-Levitz SSI Summary Reports
Noel Levitz 2010 Survey: TMU compared to 4-Year Private Institutions
Performance Summaries for TMU Students
on Program-Level Learning Outcomes
TMU uses the Assessment, Evaluation, Feedback, & Intervention System (AEFIS) to collect and summarize assessment data relating to student mastery of the Program-Level Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for each major, emphasis, and degree program.
Below are links to reports that summarize data collected in each academic program over the most recent two to four academic terms. For each PLO, the types of data that may be present include:
- Student performance on major course-based examinations.
- Faculty evaluations of student projects, papers, and performances.
- Student performance on national senior subject matter examinations (e.g., the ETS Major Field Tests).
A diagram explaining how to interpret the data summary reports is can be accessed here.
Click on the name of the major department or emphasis below to view the AEFIS summary report for that academic area.