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Measuring Success

Questions to help you evaluate your program’s success in achieving the outcomes of Doctrinal Mastery.
measuring success

The following questions can help you evaluate how well you and your students are achieving the desired outcomes of Doctrinal Mastery, as stated in the “Introduction to Doctrinal Mastery” in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document:

  • How well do my students and I understand the principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge? Do we act in faith, examine concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and seek further understanding through divinely appointed sources?
  • How well do my students and I apply these principles in our lives?
  • How well do my students and I practice implementing these principles in class when seeking to answer doctrinal or historical questions?
  • How well do my students and I address questions in class in a way that invites the Holy Ghost to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and His doctrine?
  • How well does the following statement from Elder Kim B. Clark describe me and my students? “The introduction of Doctrinal Mastery makes it even clearer that we must be teachers who love questions. We must not only be ready to answer questions, but we need to embrace and engage questions, and address them with our students through the spirit of revelation. We want students to think of seminary as a place where they can ask questions and find answers. We need to be ready to help them seek spiritual knowledge. We need to be teachers who listen with discernment, come prepared with doctrinal and historical insights, and who engage questions in an inspired way because the spirit of revelation is in us” (“The CES Global Education Initiative: The Lord’s System for Education in His Church,” Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Annual Training Broadcast, June 14, 2016).
  • How well have my students and I developed a deeper understanding of each of the doctrinal topics in the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document?
  • How well have my students and I developed a deeper understanding of the key statements of doctrine within those doctrinal topics?
  • How well do my students and I understand how those key statements of doctrine are taught in doctrinal mastery scripture passages?
  • How well can my students and I remember and locate doctrinal mastery scripture passages?
  • How well can my students and I explain key statements of doctrine using the associated doctrinal mastery scripture passages?
  • How well do my students and I apply the truths we learn from doctrinal mastery in our daily choices and in response to doctrinal, social, or historical issues and questions?