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As part of a comprehensive assessment of the General Education program, every student who has completed 75 credits of course work is required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile exam prior to graduation. The ETS Proficiency Profile exam is administered annually on a schedule determined by the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Aggregate data is shared with Administration, General Education Committee, and Academic Department Heads. Student level information is shared with department heads within the student’s major.




Montana Tech of the University of Montana administered the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2013.

Montana Tech of the University of Montana conducted a Senior-only benchmarked administration of the ETS Proficiency Profile in 2013. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on MTECH’s process for administering ETS Proficiency Profile, please click on the Assessment Process Tab below. For information on the students included in the administration, please click the Students Tested Tab.

Why did you choose the ETS Proficiency Profile for your institutional assessment?

 

ETS Proficiency Profile was selected as part of a comprehensive assessment of the General Education program.


Which Montana Tech of the University of Montana students are assessed? When?

Every student who has completed 75 credits of course work is required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile exam prior to graduation.


How are assessment data collected?

The ETS Proficiency Profile exam is administered annually on a schedule determined by the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. After completing 75 credits, students are notified regarding date, time, and location of the required examination.  We receive score reports and individualized data from ACT.


How are data reported within Montana Tech of the University of Montana?

Aggregate data is shared with Administration, General Education Committee, and Academic Department Heads.  Student level information is shared with department heads within the student’s major.


How are assessment data at MTECH used to guide program improvements?

The ETS Proficiency Profle exam results are reviewed annually by the General Education Committee to determine if specified benchmarks related to critical thinking and mathematical reasoning are met.  If the proficiency scores fall below the benchmarks, the General Education committee reviews specific course content and discusses appropriate changes that may lead to an increase in scores.


Montana Tech does not sample for the ETS Proficiency Profile exam; every student who has completed 75 credits of course work is required to take the ETS Proficiency Profile exam prior to graduation.

The VSA advises institutions to follow assessment publisher guidelines for determining the appropriate number of students to test. In the absence of publisher guidelines, the VSA provides sample size guidelines for institutions based on a 95% confidence interval and 5% margin of error. So long as the tested sample demographics represent the student body, this means we can be 95% certain that the "true" population learning outcomes are with +/- 5% of the reported results. For more information on Sampling, please refer to the Research Methods Knowledge Base

At MTECH, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test (n=345) scored higher than 99% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2013.

At MTECH, senior students who completed the ETS Proficiency Profile Written Communication test (n=345) scored higher than 98% of seniors at all other ETS Proficiency Profile-participating institutions in Spring 2013.

As MTECH did not participate in a value-added administration, scores are not adjusted to account for the incoming ability of MTECH students.


Critical Thinking Detail

The chart below shows the distribution of student scores on the ETS Proficiency Profile Critical Thinking test. Students are scored as Not Proficient, Marginal, or Proficient.



Written Communication Detail

The charts below show the distribution of student scores on the three levels of the ETS Proficiency Profile Writing Test. Students are scored as Not Proficient, Marginal, or Proficient on each level. Writing 3 represents more advanced writing skill than Writing 2, which represents more advanced writing skill than Writing 1.