Business students receive high scores on Major Field Test

MFT Top Performers Fall 2014
College of Business and Technology students who performed above the 90th percentile on the fall 2014 Major Field Test include, left to right, Scott Benton of Fremont, Calif., Logan Krueger of Holyoke, Colo., Seth Onderstal of Wayne, Cody Beason of Grand Island and Ethan Dannehl of Bertrand.

By SARA GIBONEY
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Students from the College of Business and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney performed above the 90th percentile on the fall 2014 Major Field Test.

The Major Field Test, which is administered by Educational Testing Service (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. UNK students were tested in the field of business.

Scott Benton of Fremont, Calif., Logan Krueger of Holyoke, Colo., Seth Onderstal of Wayne, Cody Beason of Grand Island, and Ethan Dannehl of Bertrand scored better than 90 percent of the 31,000 students nationwide who take the test annually.

Students typically take the Major Field Tests during their final year of study, after they successfully complete most of their major’s required courses.

“A high score on this test not only speaks well for the student but for the program and faculty,” said Marsha Yeagley, UNK Marketing and MIS senior lecturer. “Their score indicates that they are among the most competent of business students taking this test. It reflects their hard work, conscientious nature, and that they have a clear understanding of the information they were taught within their business classes.”

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.

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.”

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Source: Marsha Yeagley, 308.865.8345, yeagleym@unk.edu
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, giboneys2@unk.edu

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