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Academics

Student Achievement


Teacher Preparation Program

The Teacher Preparation program reviews student performance on Praxis I, which measures competence in reading, writing, and mathematics. Aggregate data on student performance are discussed with the appropriate discipline departments to determine areas of improvement. Student performance results on Praxis II, which measures knowledge in the content area supporting the student’s intended certification area, are aggregated and discussed with the discipline departments in which the content is taught. Student performance on these certification examinations are routinely discussed with the P-16 Council composed of faculty from education and other University colleges, school-based faculty and administrators, and community members to identify patterns of performance indicating needed programmatic changes or student support service changes. Appropriate departments have made changes in courses and in curricula in direct response to the indicated needs, including more specific course alignment with the expected candidate competencies, and expanding Praxis workshops for candidates.

Licensure Pass Rate for Teacher Education Students
Academic Year 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
PRAXIS Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%

Example: Evaluation of Student Achievement Using Placement Data

In assessing the extent to which graduates in degree programs have met competencies, programs evaluate placement rates that include job and professional schools. Programs such as draft design technology, electronics engineering technology, nursing, and public administration rely heavily on job placement data to analyze student achievement. In addition to tracking job placement data, these programs also solicit feedback from the employers of their graduates, as well as feedback from their employed graduates. This feedback along with the placement data is used to make improvements to the program such that student achievement is supported.

Listed in the table below are placement data for electronics engineering technology (EET) graduates for three academic years. The faculty use these data along with feedback from EET graduate employers to determine the level of student achievement.

Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) Program Graduates
Numerical Identifier Year
Matriculated
Year
Graduated
Prior Degree(s)
if Master Student
Certification/
Licensure
(If Applicable)
Initial or Current Employment/
Job Title/Other Placement
1 2003-04 2007-08     Pepsi Co./ Process Engineer
2 2003-04 2007-08     Penzoil Shell Oil
3 2003-04 2007-08     Asst. Manager/Adv. Auto Parts
4 2003-04 2007-08      
5 2002-03 2007-08     Johnson Control/ Project Engineer
6 2002-03 2007-08     Raytheon/Engineer 1
7 2002-03 2007-08      
8 2003-04 2007-08     Standard Tech/Computer Technician
9 2003-04 2007-08     Sudden Link/ Broadband Technician
10 2002-03 2007-08      
11 2003-04 2007-08      
12 2001-02 2006-07     Fugro Geosemce/ Auv Technician
13 2001-02 2006-07     City of Baton Rouge/Engr. Technician
14 2003-04 2006-07      
15 2002-03 2006-07      
16 2001-02 2006-07      
17 2002-03 2006-07      
18 2000-01 2006-07     La Tech Univ/graduate school-MBA
19 1998-99 2006-07     Northrop Grumman
20 2002-03 2006-07     UPS/Industrial Engineer
21 2002-03 2006-07      
22 1996-97 2006-07     Wal-Mart/Manager
23 2001-02 2005-06     NGC Ship
24 2000-01 2005-06     American Elect Power/Proj. Engr.
25 2002-03 2005-06      

Highlighted in the following table are other assessment tools that the electronics engineering technology faculty use to evaluate student achievement.

Electronics Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives Assessment
Assessment Tools Assessment Administered Data Evaluated
Student Survey Once a Year End of Spring Semester
Alumni Survey Once a Year and Continuously During the Year End of Spring Semester
Employer Survey Once a Year End of Spring Semester
Industrial Advisory Board Every Spring Semester End of Spring Semester
Senior Exit Survey Every Semester Every Semester

Career Planning & Placement

The University evaluates overall job placement data to assist in determining if degree programs are preparing graduates who are competitive. These data are collected annually and used not only to evaluate student achievement but also to evaluate the placement services provided by the University.

Graduate Placement
Academic Year Number of Students Surveyed Percentage of Students with Jobs/Attending Graduate School
2006-2007 573 63.2%
2007-2008 562 54.1%
2008-2009 608 54.8%

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