Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

College of Health Sciences

Program Goals, Expected Outcomes, Target Measures & 5-Year Goal Attainment (2010-2015)

 

A.  To prepare competent entry-level dietetic professionals.

Expected outcomes, target measures and goal attainment

  1. Over a five-year period, the initial pass rate for program graduates taking the registration examination will be at least 80% (Met: 31/31 passed over the past five years = 100%).
  2. Over a five-year period, graduates will rate their competence as “Adequate” to “Above adequate” on the Postgraduate Survey (Met: 7.7/8 competence items rated adequate = 96% over 5 years).
  3. Over a five-year period, 80% of employers will rate graduates as “Similar to other graduates” to “Stronger than other graduates” on relevant preparation/performance items on the Employer Survey (Met: 94% of items for graduates rated similar or stronger over 5 years).
  4. Over a five-year period, 80% of program graduates will be employed in dietetics or a related field within twelve months of program completion (Met: 30/32 employed within 12 months = 94% over 5 years).
  5. Over a five-year period, 80% of students will complete all program requirements, including a graduate degree, within three years (credit provided for prior completion of a Master’s Thesis in meeting program requirements) (Met: 29/31 graduated with MS within 3 years = 94% over 5 years).

 B.  To prepare graduates with the ability to conduct nutrition research.

Expected outcomes, target measures and goal attainment

  1. Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates will evaluate research skill preparation as “Adequate” to “Well” or “Very well” on the Postgraduate Survey (Met: 33/33 rated skills as adequate = 100% over 5 years).
  2. Over a five-year period, 80% of employers will evaluate graduates’ research skills as “Similar to other graduates” to “Stronger than other graduates” on the Employer Survey (Met: 5/5 employers evaluated skills as similar or stronger = 100% over 5 years).

 C.  To prepare graduates who will actively participants in voluntary activities within the dietetic community.

Expected outcomes, target measures and goal attainment

  1. Over a ten-year period, 10% of graduates will assume leadership positions in the Rhode Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Met: 2005-2014: 9/ 65 graduates in leadership positions = 14%).
  2. Over a five-year period 50% of graduates will rate their participation in state dietetic associations as “Average” to “Above Average” on the Postgraduate Survey (Not Met: 16/33 graduates rated participation as average = 48% over 5 years).

 D.  To prepare graduates with skills to practice self-management of lifelong learning needs.

Expected outcomes, target measures and goal attainment

  1. Over a five-year period, 80% of graduates will rate their participation in self-management as “Average” to “Above average” on Postgraduate Survey (Met: 2.7/3 average rating of items average or above average = 90% over 5 years).
  2. Over a five-year period, 80% of employers will rate graduates’ attendance at CE programs as “Similar to other graduates” to “Stronger than other graduates” on the Employer Survey (Met: 2/2 employers rated graduates’ attendance similar to stronger = 100% over 5 years).
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