By SARA GIBONEY
KEARNEY – Students from the College of Business and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney performed above the 90th percentile on the spring 2015 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.
Zachary Hemmer of Lindsay, Roy Wasson of Kearney, Joleen Rupe of Eustis, Jennifer Jansky of Kearney, Kaley Hodgen of Hastings, Dayna Larreau of Arnold and Kris Gainsforth of Lincoln, scored better than 90 percent of the 31,000 students nationwide who take the test annually.
Larry Uttecht of Scottsbluff scored in the 99th percentile and Ashley Dugan of Greeley scored in the 98th percentile.
“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 reflects their high level of competency, hard work, conscientious nature, and the fact that they can compete with business students throughout the country.”
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.
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 continuous improvement in the courses they teach as well as the overall program. It is not only valuable for students to know concepts and principle but to be team players, effective communicators, competent utilizing technology, and to exceed employers’ expectations,” Yeagley said. “This is one avenue that we use to improve our curriculum and delivery methods.”