UNK business students perform in 99th and 90th percentile on national exam

Marsha Yeagley, senior lecturer of marketing and management information systems, 308.865.8345

A University of Nebraska at Kearney business administration major has scored in the 99th percentile on the Major Field Test, a comprehensive national exam.

Eric Rosenberg, a North Platte native who graduated in December with a B.S. in business administration, scored in the 99th percentile.

The UNK College of Business and Technology has also announced the names of four graduating seniors who scored at, or above, the 90th percentile nationally and other students who performed well on this test.

The Major Field Test, which is administered by ETS, is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate outcome assessment that measures the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually such as the GRE and The Praxis Series. These students were tested in the field of business.

The four seniors and recent graduates who scored at or above the 90th percentile are Travis Arnold of Beaver Crossing, Marissa Niday of Fremont, Zach Schultz of Grand Island and Benjamin Fullerton of Neligh.

Other students performing well on the test include Kyle Glidden of Benkelman,  Joe Mannschreck of Cook, Danielle Meyer of Deshler, Jared Carlson of Eagle,  Ciera Neverve of Kearney, Brett Klein of Scottsbluff,  Michael Runge of Waco and Ryan Skogg of Littleton, Colo.

“A high score on this test is not an easy task,” said Marsha Yeagley, UNK marketing and management senior lecturer. “Achieving such a high score means that they are among the most competent of business students taking this test. It reflects their hard work, conscientious nature, and indicates that they have a superior grasp of the information they were taught in university business classes.”

UNK graduating business seniors are required to take the test, which is administered in the business capstone course. The test is also administered nationally, and used by other institutions such as Texas A&M, Oregon State University and the University of Southern California.

The Major Field Test does more than measure students’ factual knowledge. The test also helps faculty evaluate students’ ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from their major or field of study.

“High scores indicate we are doing our jobs well, because students are learning,” Yeagley said. “However, if there is a particular area in which students appear to be weak, it tells us that we need to find ways to improve our delivery of course content in that particular area.”

The Educational Testing Service, the company that develops, administers and scores assessments, offers comprehensive national comparative data for the Major Field Test. This enables universities to evaluate students’ performance and compare their program’s effectiveness to programs at similar institutions nationwide.

“UNK business faculty members are passionate about finding ways to be better educators,” Yeagley said. “This is one avenue that we use to improve our curriculum and delivery methods.”