How much would change if college ministries were evaluated (in large part) on how well their students were doing five years from graduation?
The obvious caveats apply: students ultimately make their own choices, some will fall away no matter how well we do, etc.
And the obvious truth would quickly come to light: There’s no way we can give students enough “good stuff” to last for five years. (It’s that “If you give a man a fish…” idea.) What we can (hopefully) do is teach them to fish… teach them the importance of fishing… teach them why they must keep fishing for a lifetime… teach them why they have to work hard at fishing during the disruption of the Transition…
How much would change if we tracked how well our students were doing five years later?