Educational Effectiveness

Statement on Educational Effectiveness 

The Howard University School of Divinity educates and forms leaders to serve and transform religious and educational institutions and society. We are committed to enable all students—particularly those interested in ordained ministry and doctoral study—to acquire a comprehensive theological education. We emphasize inquiry into the religious and cultural heritage of African Americans, the African Diaspora and Africa.

Our effectiveness is assessed through the feedback and achievements of students and faculty. The HUSD Indicators of educational effectiveness foster accountability and demonstrate excellence in achieving our mission.

STUDENT SATISFACTION

Graduates reported a satisfaction rate of:

  • 96% with their ability to relate social issues to faith
  • 94% with their ability to use and interpret Scripture
  • 94% with their ability to lead others
  • 92% with their ability to think theologically
  • 92% with their awareness and appreciation of the globalized context in which ministry is practiced
  • 82% with their ability to integrate insights from science into theology and ministry

Sources: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire Results and ATS 2016 and 2017 Annual Report  

RETENTION RATES

  • 95% Master of Divinity
  • 80% Master of Arts (Religious Studies)
  • 75% Doctor of Ministry

Sources: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire Results and ATS 2016 and 2017 Annual Report  

PLACEMENT RATES

Reported actual/expected employment immediately upon graduation

  • 22% Ministry/Chaplaincy
  • 14% Human Services
  • 14% Government/Public Administration
  • 29% Business admin, marketing/sales
  • 21% Further graduate study 

Sources: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire Results and ATS 2016 and 2017 Annual Report

GRADUATION RATES

  • 89% Master of Divinity
  • 75% Master of Arts (Religious Studies)
  • 100% Doctor of Ministry 

Sources: ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire Results and ATS 2016 and 2017 Annual Report

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Teaching Excellence

  • 4.2 (Academic Rigor) As a rule, I put forth more effort than other students on academic work.

COURSE EXCELLENCE

  • 29% of HUSD courses rated "Much Higher"
  • 38% of HUSD courses rated "Higher"
  • 33% of HUSD courses rated "Similar"
  • 0% of HUSD courses rated "Lower/Much Lower"

Source: IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction Results (Spring 2016)