Institutional Effectiveness

Purpose of Institutional Effectiveness

The purpose of Institutional Effectiveness is to evaluate how well students and programs are meeting their goals and outcomes in order to develop Shalom* in the lives of students, faculty members, staff, and the institution.


Framework for Institutional Effectiveness at LETU

In the grand story of redemption God revealed in Scripture, God develops a Community of Shalom (Eden) that is lost as a result of sin. God works through Abraham and Israel for restoration of that Community/Kingdom of Shalom. God acts definitively through the incarnation of Jesus who inaugurates this Kingdom of God on Earth. God establishes the Church as the present community of Shalom while it hopefully awaits for the fully realized kingdom. This grand story of redemption provides the framework for Institutional Effectiveness at LeTourneau University.

At LeTourneau University, we want the Institutional Effectiveness process to be Kingdom of God centered.

  • Hope-filled: Institutional Effectiveness processes should develop “new impulses towards the realization of righteousness, freedom and humanity” (Moltmann, 1967) at LETU in the light of the promised future that is to come.
  • Shalom-focused*: Institutional Effectiveness processes should lead to the Shalom of the faculty, students, programs, institution, and world.
  • Love-infused: Institutional Effectiveness processes process should flow out of love for our students, co-workers, and world to experience Shalom.

The Assessment process evaluates the goals and outcomes of departments and programs in order to make changes that progress LeTourneau University in meeting its Mission, Goals, and Strategic Plan.

*Shalom understood as wholeness, completeness, well-being, peace, justice, salvation, and even prosperity…. [Shalom] ‘includes everything necessary to healthful living: good health, a sense of well-being, good fortune, the cohesiveness of the community, relationship to relatives and their state of being, and anything else deemed necessary for everything to be in order’ (Westermann 1992)



Moltmann, J. (1967) Theology of hope; on the ground and the implications of a Christian eschatology. New York, NY: Harper & Row.

Westermann, C. (1992). Peace (shalom) in the Old Testament. In P.B. Yoder & W. M. Swartley (Eds.) The meaning of peace: Biblical studies. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Know Press.

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Karl Payton

Associate Vice President
Accreditation & Quality Assurance

(903) 233-3131