Business Administration MBA Assessment Report Summaries


2012-2013

Link to Full 2013 Assessment Report

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2011-2012

Assessment and assurance of student learning is a priority for the School of Business. The School established a set of program goals and learning outcomes for its M.B.A. program and regularly collects assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2011-2012, we focused on the assessment of quantitative skills in a core M.B.A. course. We also assessed area-specific knowledge in Economics. The faculty developed assessment forms and used benchmarks to evaluate individual student performance and establish whether the student achievement in an outcome is Exemplary, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement.

As an external assessment mechanism, the School also used the ETS Major Field Test for Business to measure the knowledge and skills of all graduates in Spring 2012. The results of this national standardized ETS test allow for comparison of our graduates to national norms. Overall, the School’s graduates performed strongly on this national test. There were 17 graduates taking the test and the mean performance for the cohort was at the 91st percentile compared to all institutions participating in the ETS testing. The area scores for Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Information Systems were all at the 90th percentile level or better. The comparison sample for this test includes 80,806 students at 585 institutions worldwide.

The following are assessment highlights:

•      Mission, Program Goals and Learning Outcomes are established and reviewed

•      Course-embedded assessment data is collected every school year

•      External standardized testing with the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A.

•      Assessment Committee oversees all assessment activities

•      Assessment results reviewed by all faculty in regular faculty meetings

•      Other activities include periodic surveys of graduates with the next survey planned for Fall 2012

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2010-2011

The School of Business established a set of program goals and learning outcomes and collects assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2010-2011, we continued assessment of general skills and focused on assessment of writing skills and critical thinking skills in a core M.B.A. course. We also assessed area-specific knowledge in Economics following a change in the Economics component of the M.B.A. curriculum. The faculty developed assessment forms and used benchmarks to evaluate individual student performance and establish whether the student achievement in an outcome is Excellent, Acceptable, or Needs Improvement. The results of this assessment were very strong as at least fifty percent of the students achieved the Excellent level in each component of the outcome.

As an additional assessment mechanism, the School also used the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A. to measure the knowledge and skills of all graduates. The results of this national standardized ETS test allow for comparison of our graduates to national norms. Overall, the School’s graduates performed very strongly on this national test in 2010-2011. There were 11 graduates taking the test and the mean performance for the cohort was at the 90th percentile compared to all institutions participating in the ETS testing nationally. The area scores for Finance, Managerial Accounting, and Strategic Integration were all at the 90th percentile level. The comparison sample for this test includes 24,785 students at 230 institutions worldwide.

The following are assessment highlights:

•      Mission, Program Goals and Learning Outcomes are established and reviewed

•      Course-embedded assessment data is collected every school year

•      External standardized testing with the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A.

•      Assessment Committee oversees all assessment activities

•      Assessment results reviewed by all faculty in regular faculty meetings

•      Assessment process was reviewed in Fall 2010 by the accreditation maintenance team from AACSB (Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business)

•      Other activities include periodic surveys of graduates

2009-2010

The School of Business established a set of program goals and learning outcomes and collects assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2009-2010, we continued assessment of general skills and focused on assessment of the presentation skills outcome in a core M.B.A. course. The faculty developed assessment forms and used benchmarks to evaluate individual student performance and establish whether the student achievement in an outcome is Exemplary, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory. The results of this assessment were very strong as at least fifty percent of the students achieved the Exemplary level in each component of the outcome.

The School also used the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A. to measure the knowledge and skills of all graduates. The results of this national standardized ETS test allow for comparison of our graduates to national norms. Overall, the School’s graduates performed very strongly on this national test in 2009-2010. There were 27 graduates taking the test and the mean performance for the cohort was at the 95th percentile compared to all institutions participating in the ETS testing nationally. The area scores for Marketing, Management, and Managerial Accounting were all at the 95th percentile level. The comparison sample includes 24,785 students at 499 institutions.

The following are assessment highlights:

• Mission, Program Goals and Learning Outcomes are established and reviewed

• Course-embedded assessment data is collected every school year

• External standardized testing with the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A.

• Assessment Committee oversees all assessment activities

• Assessment results reviewed by all faculty in regular faculty meetings

• Coverage of learning outcomes verified by periodic syllabi checks

• Other activities include periodic surveys of graduates

2007-2008

Summary of Assessment Report for 2007-2008 available at this link
Full Assessment Report for 2007-2008 available at this link

2006-2007

The School of Business established a set of program goals and learning outcomes for the M.B.A. program and continues collection of assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2006-07, we used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on thirty learning outcomes in eight core M.B.A. courses. The faculty used benchmarks to evaluate the data, and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Excellent, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement. Student performance was strong in 2006-07. Sixteen outcomes were seen as Excellent in 2006-07. Twenty-one outcomes were at the Acceptable level.

The School also used the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A. to measure the knowledge and skills of all M.B.A. graduates in Spring 2007. The results of this standardized ETS test taken by the graduates provide external validation to our course-embedded assessment data. The overall performance of students improved significantly in 2006-07. The average score was at the 85 th percentile level, compared with the highly competitive sample of M.B.A. programs that are using the ETS test - 157 institutions and 8,931 students. . The average scores on the ETS assessment indicators were consistently high, reaching the level of 85 th percentile nationally for areas of marketing and strategic integration.

Full Assessment Report for 2006-2007

2005-2006

In 2005-2006, the School of Business established a set of program goals and outcomes for its M.B.A. program and began collection of assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. We used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on nineteen outcomes in four core M.B.A. courses. We collected assessment data in the Spring 2006 semester. The faculty used benchmarks to evaluate the data, and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Excellent, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement. Student performance was strong in Spring 2006. Six outcomes demonstrated Excellent performance, while the other thirteen outcomes were Satisfactory.

The School also used the ETS Major Field Test for M.B.A. to measure the knowledge and skills of all M.B.A. graduates in Spring 2006. The results of the standardized ETS test taken by the graduates provide external validation to our course-embedded assessment data. The School’s graduates performed very strongly on this national test, where their performance can be compared to graduates of other top M.B.A. programs. In particular, the average score of IU Kokomo M.B.A. students was in the 75 th percentile in Spring 2006 compared to all institutions participating in the ETS testing - 109 institutions and 3,530 students in 2005-2006. The students performed better than the national average for M.B.A. graduates in all five areas measured by the ETS test. They also exhibited a significant improvement over the performance recorded in Spring 2005.

Full Assessment Report for 2005-2006 available at this link