Student achievement is defined by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Recognition Policy and Procedures as: Student performance as determined by an institution or program in keeping with the institution's mission.
Because the institution's core mission is fostering the commitment of seminarians to the Roman Catholic priesthood, its best measurements of student achievement are:
- whether graduates are academically prepared to apply to a theologate, and
- whether individuals are considered personally and spiritually prepared to meet the challenges of graduate-level formation in priestly virtues and lifestyle.
The first measurement the institution uses to judge its success is the number of our graduates that apply and are accepted to graduate theological seminaries. For years now, the rate of acceptance to graduate theologates is equivalent to 100% of all students who apply. The institution also uses its degree program outcomes to determine if our graduates are academically prepared for graduate study. A number of outcomes relevant to student achievement are assessed each year, such as: the ability to write a critical research paper in philosophy, the ability to critically engage the ideas of a philosopher, the ability to critically read a philosophical text, and evidence that the student has an increased knowledge of the Western philosophical tradition.