Master of Arts in Higher Education Theses

Date of Award

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Stephen Bedi

Second Advisor

Randall Dodge

Third Advisor

Scott Moeschberger

Abstract

Christian colleges seek to form the spiritual lives of students through academic and co-curricular programming. These institutions need assessment measures that will assess student achievement of their spiritual outcomes and help improve their spiritual environment and programs. This study investigated the viability of the Furnishing the Soul Inventory (FSI) as an instrument for spiritual outcomes assessment by researching the FSI's ability to detect differences in students' spiritual maturity based upon mentoring, crisis, and cross-cultural mission trip experiences. The FSI was administered to 156 students at Taylor University, a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. The results of this study confirmed that mentoring and cross-cultural mission trip experiences positively impacted FSI results. Crisis did not significantly impact student scores. This study concluded that the FSI is a valid instrument for assessment and program improvement.

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