The College of Business is committed to excellence and the academic growth and achievement of our students. We believe in accountability, performance disclosure and continuous improvement.
All College of Business students are required to complete the ETS Major Field Test (MFT) as a requirement for graduation. Past student performance on the MFTs is provided below:
For additional information on ETS MFT: www.ets.org
The Lewis University College of Business (COB) assesses student learning outcomes and uses the data obtained from the assessments to drive quality improvement of our programs. In May, 2013 the COB completed a five year plan that saw us assessing five COB student learning outcomes that were aligned with Lewis’ Baccalaureate Characteristics (BCs) and Graduate Student Learning Outcomes (GSLOs), and with the requirements of both of our accreditors, the North Central Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
After carefully examining the data and the analysis thereof, the COB faculty developed a new Five-Year Assessment Plan that focused on three kinds of outcomes: disciplinary content; writing quality; and oral presentation quality. We elected to focus our attention for this period of time, in the hopes of achieving more than just incremental improvements in quality. As a College, we are striving to develop: “Competent business professionals, who are the best 21st century communicators.”
With that in mind, you need to understand how, in part, we hope to make that achievement happen.
First, with regard to disciplinary content, the assessment is accomplished by way of the Educational Testing Service’s Major Field Test in Business (ETS MFT). Completion of that test is a requirement for graduation. Each course in our programs contributes content-knowledge that your future employers and our society expect you to acquire in your program of study. As a result of the analysis of the data coming from the ETS MFT, we developed an intervention to help improve performance. To help consolidate knowledge and prepare for the ETS MFT, we have created a number of on-line modules. These will be made available to you when you register for 64-396: Major Field Test. You will receive your individual score from the ETS MFT. The COB also publicly shares composite results of your class’ performance on the ETS MFT, against a predetermined COB standard.
Second, with regard to writing, the assessment is accomplished in 61-300: Business Communication. The assessment involves multiple readers from your discipline using a rubric to evaluate your writing. Again, performance is measured against a predetermined COB standard. The COB also publicly shares composite results of your class’ performance on the writing assessment. As a result of the analysis of the data coming from the writing assessment, we developed an intervention to help you improve performance. The data suggests that two areas of writing need the most work. They are: “Correct: Message must include proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format” and “Coherent: Message needs to "hang together" so that ideas flow from one to the next through smooth transitions.” As a first attempt to deal with this, if your instructors identify a writing shortcoming as involving “Correct” or “Coherent” issues, she or he may refer you to the writing center to re-write the paper before it will be considered for grading.
Third, with regard to oral presentations, the assessment is done in a different, high-level course in each program. The assessment is accomplished by multiple assessors’ application of the criteria of a rubric to a presentation. Again, performance is measured against a predetermined COB standard. The COB also publicly shares composite results of your class’ performance on the oral presentation assessment. As a result of the analysis of the data coming from the oral presentation assessment, we developed an intervention to help you improve performance. The data suggests that the area most needing work is “Delivery.” At the best level of development, delivery might be seen as: “techniques (posture, gesture, eye contact, and vocal expressiveness) that make the presentation compelling, and speaker appears polished and confident.” To practice these techniques, your instructors may seek additional opportunities to have you “deliver” material in your day-to-day class activity, and provide direct feedback for your use.
|Initial Plan Results||F13||S14||F14||S15||F15||S16||F16||S17||F17||S18||Second
5-Year Plan Results
|Content Knowledge¹ (ETS MFT) (scored as a three year rolling average)||Rolling Average||86.4%||95.24%||95.1%||93.2%||94.8%|
|Oral Presentation³||Fall 11||70%||58%|
|Content Knowledge¹ (ETS MFT) (scored as a three year rolling average)||Fall 11||100%||99%||88.7%||90%||87.2%|
¹ Assessed every semester
² Assessed every fall
³ Assessed every spring