Higher education is ever-changing in the twenty-first century. Yet, one aspect remains constant: the need to provide well-balanced and meaningful programs that prepare students for a lifelong commitment of service. At Weimar, our context is the global community, in that, we have been charged to give the Everlasting Gospel “to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Rev 14:6, KJV). It’s our purpose to not only offer a conglomerate of coursework, degree programs, and co-curricular activities so that a student can leave a with a diploma in hand, but more so to prepare them for comprehensive health evangelism first and foremost. In other words, although our graduates will proceed to medical school, seminary, or other graduate programs, our main focus is to prepare them for medical missionary work: healing mind, body, and spirit in a world plagued by physical, mental, and spiritual maladies. Our seven institutional student learning outcomes (ISLOs) capture that focus.
- ISLO #1: Spiritual Leaders. Students follow Jesus Christ’s example of faith-filled leadership, by rendering love-motivated church ministry that magnifies the universal principles of the biblical Ten Commandments in speech and action.
- ISLO #2. Health Evangelists. Students practice and promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing by leading in collaborative, community-based programming among diverse people groups domestically or internationally.
- ISLO #3: Critical Thinkers. Students investigate a controversy, problem or question related to their major field where diverse perspectives are assembled, analyzed and used to draw an informed conclusion that considers the influence of context, possible sources of bias and a priori assumptions.
- ISLO #4. Integrative Learners. Students develop a biblical worldview perspective as they effectively identify and integrate one or more of the key examples, facts, theories or concepts of their major field as they relate to Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.
- ISLO #5. Effective Communicators. Students communicate the key (threshold) concepts of their field in both written and oral forms.
- ISLO #6. Quantitative Reasoners. Students solve quantitative problems and clearly communicate their findings by interpreting and representing quantitative information in two or more forms (e.g., symbolical, graphical, numerical, etc.).
- ISLO #7. Principled Workers. Students display a professional commitment to strong moral principles “on the job” and in practical learning experiences by consistently producing quality work, and exercising self-discipline, self-control and diligence.