By SARA GIBONEY
KEARNEY – Twelve students from the College of Business and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney performed above the 90th percentile on the fall 2015 Major Field Test.
The Major Field Test is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate assessment that measures critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. The test is administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).
ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually. UNK students were tested in the field of business.
Leslie Bierman of Independence, Mo., Christian Dier and Allen Smith of Kearney, Madison Doughty of North Platte, Nolan High of Bertrand, Ashley Jasnoch of Grand Island, Aaron Kroll of Bassett, Kelsey Martinsen of Primrose, Riley Racicky of Greeley, Kacia Smith of Imperial and Colby Wurst of Burwell scored better than 90 percent of the thousands of students nationwide who take the test annually.
Anson Hueftle of Eustis scored at the 99th 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 Management Information Systems 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 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 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.”