Office of Research
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Our Mission

Welch College exists to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life.

Objectives

The following general objectives indicate the knowledge, attitudes, and abilities that the College regards as generally essential for effective Christian service. The College intends that these be developed in good measure in all graduates:

  1. A broad comprehension of biblical teaching.
  2. Christian character and spiritual maturity, manifested in living according to biblical principles and a meaningful devotional life.
  3. A Christian worldview, manifested in an awareness of its implications for thought and life.
  4. An informed mind, manifested in critical thinking and intellectual honesty.
  5. A concern for global missions and evangelism, manifested in consistent giving, praying, and witnessing toward the accomplishment of the Great Commission.
  6. A knowledgeable commitment to physical and emotional health.
  7. A commitment to Christian leadership and service in career, church, family, and private life.
  8. Social adjustment, manifested in healthy interpersonal relationships.
  9. The knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in one’s chosen vocation.
  10. Compassion, manifested in an active desire to help the poor and hurting.
  11. Communication skills, manifested in effective reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  12. Cultural refinement, manifested both in lifestyle and in appreciation for that which is noble and uplifting.

These objectives are detailed in each program of study.

Retention Rates

YEAR RETENTION
Fall 2010 62.30%
Fall 2011 65.90%
Fall 2012 68.51%
Fall 2013 70.50%
Fall 2014 66.13%
Fall 2015 69.84%
10 Year Average 66.19%

*These figures are taken from reports filed with ABHE. They reflect the fall to fall retention of First-Time Freshmen.

Graduation Rate

Year Percentage
2009-10 51.65%
2010-11 48.53%
2011-12 37.14%
2012-13 33.90%
2013-14 41.13%
2014-15 32.78%
5 Year Average 40.32%

First-time/full-time students entering college at Welch College, and completing their program within 150% of published time.

 Certificates and Programs Available

CAAP Scores

Writing

Year Takers Welch Score National Score Above/Below Average
2011 21 63.13% 63.00% 0.13%
2012 48 64.85% 62.70% 2.15%
2013 28 67.29% 62.70% 4.45%
2014 30 65.10% 62.60% 2.50%

 

Math

Year Takers Welch Score National Score Above/Below Average
2011 21 63.61% 56.60% 7.01%
2012 48 55.79% 56.50% -0.71%
2013 28 55.86% 56.30% -0.44%
2014 30 57.60% 56.30% 1.30%

 

Reading

Year Takers Welch Score National Score Above/Below Average
2011 21 63.13% 61.70% 1.43%
2012 48 62.60% 61.30% 1.30%
2013 28 65.57% 61.20% 4.37%
2014 30 64.00% 61.30% 2.70%

 

Critical Thinking

Year Takers Welch Score National Score Above/Below Average
2011 21 63.61% 62.90% 0.71%
2012 48 63.06% 62.80% 0.26%
2013 28 64.29% 62.60% 1.69%
2014 30 64.27% 62.1% 2.17%

 

Science

Year Takers Welch Score National Score Above/Below Average
2011 21 60.61% 60.40% 0.21%
2012 48 58.45% 60.40% -1.95%
2013 28 61.71% 60.30% 1.41%
2014 30 60.70% 60.60% 0.10%

ABHE Bible Exam

Welch College Entry/Exit Comparisons as of August 2014

Subject Entry Exit Value Added
New Testament: Subject Matter 34.67% 57.81% 23.14%
New Testament: Timeline 28.54% 58.72% 30.18%
New Testament: People 35.03% 58.89% 23.86%
New Testament: Gospels 40.78% 61.48% 20.70%
New Testament: Letters 29.55% 54.92% 25.37%
New Testament: Geography 46.17% 34.90% -11.27%
New Testament: The Life of Christ 45.19% 60.54% 15.35%
New Testament: The Life of Paul 48.48% 60.85% 12.37%
Old Testament: Subject Matter 36.83% 51.82% 14.99%
Old Testament: Timeline 36.83% 51.95% 25.24%
Old Testament: People 47.17% 53.40% 6.23%
Old Testament: Geography 26.92% 37.47% 8.55%
Old Testament: Pentateuch 42.49% 39.24% -3.25%
Old Testament: History 44.91% 52.50% 7.59%
Old Testament: Poetry 36.88% 53.69% 16.81%
Old Testament: Prohets 43.16% 57.94% 14.78
AVERAGE 38.34% 52.76% 14.42%

Christian Service Participation

Year Fall % Spring %
2003-2004 94.5% 97%
2004-2005 96% 97%
2005-2006 97% 99%
2006-2007 97% 99%
2007-2008 99% 96%
2008-2009 96% 96%
2009-2010 97% 96%
2010-2011 97% 93%
2011-2012 88% 90%
2012-2013 97% 92%
2013-2014 99% 95%
2014-2015 100% 98%

Since 2011 Welch College students have averaged 32 hours of Christian/community service at churches, home Bible clubs, various public and private schools in the Nashville area, retirement homes, and with groups/agencies such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Nashville Rescue Mission, English language Partners, etc.

Student\Faculty Ratio

Fall of: Ratio
2010 10.1:1
2011 9.3:1
2012 9.5:1
2013 10:1
2014 9.3:1
2015 9.08:1

Ethnic Diversity Rate

Fall Ethnic Diversity

IPEDS*
Race/Ethnicity Breakdown
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Non-Resident Alien 17 27 44 57 25
Hispanic/Latino 3 4 5 4 6
American Indian
or Alaska Native
1 1 0 0 1
Asian 0 0 0 0 2
Black
or African American
27 23 26 25 28
Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific Islander
1 0 0 0 0
White 256 228 215 227 272
Two or More Races 0 0 0 2 4
Total Headcount 305 283 290 315 338

Survey of Recent Graduates

Welch College conducted a survey of recent graduates in August, 2014. The survey was e-mailed to 205 recent graduates of Welch College who graduated in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Electronic delivery of surveys was accomplished through Welch College’s student information system,
Populi and digital survey delivery was confirmed via MyEmma. Fifty-two surveys were returned yielding a 25.4% return rate. Because the survey includes all recent graduates, the 25.4% is robust and generalizable for the entire population of recent Welch graduates.

85% of Welch College’s recent graduates report being employed. When adjusted for graduates enrolled in graduate school this rate is at or
above the nationally reported employment rate for college graduates aged 20-24 (89%).

84% of recent Welch College graduates who reported being employed were employed within 6 months of graduation (38% had jobs at graduation).

95% of Welch College graduates reported adequate to superior preparation for their vocation at Welch College.

92.3% of recent Welch College graduates reported that they were well prepared (13.5%), very well prepared (46.1%), or that their preparation for ministry was excellent (32.7%).

90.4% of recent Welch College graduates reported regular church attendance. This compares to 39% among all ages nationally and 33% among their peer group (Pew Forum’s 2007 Religious Landscape Survey).

32.6% of recent Welch College graduates report that they are currently
enrolled or have completed graduate school.

We’re here to help.

Kevin Hester
Director of Assessment and Planning 

Phone: 615-844-5098
Fax: 615-844-5004
Email: khester@welch.edu

Wayne Spruill
Director of Institutional Research
Call: 615-844-5078
Fax: 615-844-5004
Email: wspruill@welch.edu

Welch College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national and ethnic origin, age, or disability in admitting students or in otherwise administering its educational policies and school-sponsored programs.