Cornerstone Project (QEP) Assessment

Cornerstone Project Assessment - Our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

“Academic excellence and spiritual vitality” are the foundations upon which Asbury University has been built and continue to grow; they are embedded in our very mission statement and guide every goal and decision that is made at Asbury.

The Cornerstone Project was a natural outgrowth of our commitment to spiritual vitality.  Because our Christian faith plays such an essential role in our identity as a liberal arts institution, we take our responsibility to assess student spiritual outcomes seriously.  We are exceedingly aware of the extraordinary challenges, and indeed hubris, in attempting to assess such ethereal matters as spirituality; surely only God the Father, Son, and Spirit truly understand the heart and motives of a believer.

However, it is our responsibility as educators and followers of Christ to humbly attempt to assess the spiritual vitality of our students by the best available means possible.  We fully realize that in so doing, it is only possible to capture a partial and incomplete understanding at best.  Yet, we are, for many reasons, compelled to continue trying to assess the spiritual formation of our students.

Therefore, the Asbury University Cornerstone Project and its four Cornerstones of Holiness, Scripture, Stewardship, and Mission are assessed by a variety of means, both quantitative and qualitative including the following streamlined assessment configuration:

  • Capstone assessments in the various major fields of study that assess the integration of the four Cornerstones and learning.
  • STI (Spiritual Transformation Inventory) that quantitatively assesses spiritual meaning and vitality, spiritual commitment, spiritual community, and quality of relationship with God.
  • Case studies of exemplars get at the “deep learning that is at the heart of the Cornerstone Project relating to spiritual vitality and the internalization of the four foundational cornerstones.” Students, staff, and faculty annually nominate those graduating seniors they consider unusually spiritually mature.  The seniors who receive the most nominations are invited in for interviews.  The purpose of the interviews is to determine those experiences, relationships, and practices that have most contributed to their maturing spiritual formation.
  • Alumni surveys allow us to assess the institution’s ultimate objective of “graduates who engage the world through lives of faith.”
  • Participation logs of student community service allow us to track rates of participation and service.
  • Waste audits allow us to track the results of recycling and “tray-less” initiatives across campus for the Stewardship Cornerstone.

The following table identifies Cornerstone Project student learning outcomes, links those outcomes to the Strategic Plan, and identifies which assessment measures are being utilized.

 

Cornerstone Assessment of Desired Outcomes Aligned with Project & Institutional Goals

Cornerstone Goal

Student Learning Outcome

Institutional Goal

(Strategic Plan)

Assessed Domain

 

Assessment Measures

Goal 1. Spiritual Formation: Cultivate an environment in which students can experience transformation in their personal experience with God.

Knowledge:  Students will understand a balance of worship, discipleship, and service (1, 5a)

Value:  Students will value the integration of mind, heart, & soul (1, 5a)

Behavior:  Students will use a variety of spiritual disciplines to experience God’s presence and spiritual growth (1, 5a, 7, 8)

1.1 Prep for waiting world

2.1 Spiritual Formation

2.1.1 Spiritual Dev Plan

2.1.2 Curr/Co-Curr Opportunities

2.1.3 Understand/apply CS

2.1.4 Spiritual disciplines

4.3.5 Live web streaming

4.4.5 Cross-cult opportunities

Knowledge

Attitudes, Values, Beliefs

Behaviors
  1. Alumni Survey
  2. Cross-Cultural Assessment
  3. Focus Groups
  4. GEPA
  5. MyVoice
    1. CAS 
    2. Chapel Survey
  6. Pre/Post NT, OT, Theo Exams
  7. SMIP
  8. STI
  9. Waste Audits

Goal 2. Scripture: Equip students with the knowledge and tools to apply Scripture to their personal journey of faith.

Knowledge:  Students will demonstrate Biblical and theological literacy (4, 6)

 Value:  Students will value the Bible as the authoritative Word of God (1, 4, 6, 7, 8)

 Behavior:  Students will incorporate Scripture into regular practice (1, 5a, 7, 8)

2.2 Knowledge of Scripture

2.2.1 Biblical literacy

2.2.2 Personal application

2.2.3 Theological understand

4.3.5 Live web streaming

Knowledge

Attitudes, Values, Beliefs

Behaviors
  1. Alumni Survey
  2. Cross-Cultural Assessment
  3. Focus Groups
  4. GEPA
  5. MyVoice:
    1. CAS: 
    2. Chapel Survey
  6. Pre/Post NT, OT, Theo Exams
  7. SMIP
  8. STI
  9. Waste Audits

Goal 3. Holiness: Experience holiness of heart and mind through authentic relationship with God and others.

Knowledge:  Students will gain a greater understanding of Wesleyan perspective of holiness (1, 4, 7)

Value:  Students will appreciate the connection between social and personal holiness and life lived in community (1, 5a, 7, 8)

Behavior:  Students will show evidence of developing an authentic relationship with God and others (1, 5a, 7, 8)

2.3 Experience holiness

2.3.1 Define & communicate

2.3.2 Authentic relationship

2.3.3 Transformation

4.3.5 Live web streaming

4.4.5 Cross-cult opportunities

Knowledge

Attitudes, Values, Beliefs

Behaviors
  1. Alumni Survey
  2. Cross-Cultural Assessment
  3. Focus Groups
  4. GEPA
  5. MyVoice:
    1. CAS: 
    2. Chapel Survey
  6. Pre/Post NT, OT, Theo Exams
  7. SMIP
  8. STI
  9. Waste Audits

Goal 4. Stewardship: Expand the biblical understanding of stewardship as the utilization of resources, both personal and corporate, to serve the professions, society, family, church, and the world.

Knowledge:  Articulate a robust definition of stewardship (1, 5a)

Value:  Appreciate the connection between the Christian faith and stewardship (1, 5a, 7, 9)

Behavior: Students demonstrate stewardship behaviors (3, 5a)

2.4 Stewardship

2.4.1 Define & communicate

2.4.2 Manage resources

2.4.3 Advance cause of Christ

3.1.1 ID leadership strengths

3.1.2 Biblical leadership

3.2.1 Practice leadership

4.3.5 Live web streaming

4.4.5 Cross-cult opportunities

Knowledge

Attitudes, Values, Beliefs

Behaviors
  1. Alumni Survey
  2. Cross-Cultural Assessment
  3. Focus Groups
  4. GEPA
  5. MyVoice:
    1. CAS: 
    2. Chapel Survey
  6. Pre/Post NT, OT, Theo Exams
  7. SMIP
  8. STI
  9. Waste Audits

Goal 5. Mission:  Cultivate an integrated understanding of personal mission as one’s vocation and talents in service to the professions, society, family, and church to further the cause of Christ at home and around the world.

Knowledge:  Students will understand their role in the mission of the Church (1, 2, 5a, 7)

Value:  Students will evidence a growing belief that they can make a difference in the world (1, 2, 3, 5a)

Behavior:  Students will give evidence of developing individual responsibility for others and self (5)

2.5 Mission

2.5.1 Define & communicate

2.5.2 Clarify strengths

2.5.3 Integrate faith/vocation

3.1.1 ID leadership strengths

3.1.2 Biblical leadership

3.2.1 Practice leadership

4.3.5 Live web streaming

4.4.5 Cross-cult opportunities

Knowledge

Attitudes, Values, Beliefs

Behaviors

  1. Alumni Survey
  2. Cross-Cultural Assessment
  3. Focus Groups
  4. GEPA
  5. MyVoice:
    1. CAS: 
    2. Chapel Survey
  6. Pre/Post NT, OT, Theo Exams
  7. SMIP
  8. STI
  9. Waste Audits