2009 MASTER PLAN/PROGRESS REPORT

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2009 MASTER PLAN/PROGRESS REPORT

Academic Program: Dietetic Internship Program

Person Responsible: Debra Hollingsworth

Date Submitted: May 14, 2009

Mission:

The mission of the Dietetic Internship parallels that of the Department of Nutrition and Family Studies, the College of Science and the University. This mission of the Dietetic Internship is to prepare and train dietetic students to achieve the competency of entry-level dietitians and to meet the standards of excellence established by the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association in the most individualized and comprehensive manner possible.

The Department of Nutrition and Family Studies (NUFS) Dietetic Internship (DI) Program supports the university core value of academic excellence by developing a program that is viable, innovative, and relevant to market needs for registered dietitians.

Institutional Mission Reference:

The Dietetic Internship Program supports the university mission of:

1. Students cultivate skills for critical thinking and effective expression and gain an understanding of the global community. 2. Faculty commitment to excellence in research.

3. Encourage life long learning, ethical responsibility, and civic engagement.

Assessment Methods Utilized: Data Repository Location:

X Standardized Exam (nationally normed) NUFS Dietetic Internship Director’s Office

____ Standardized Exam (state-normed) __________________________________________________ ____ Major Field Examination __________________________________________________ ____ Internally-developed Examination __________________________________________________ ____ Student Opinion Survey (SOS) __________________________________________________ ____ National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) __________________________________________________ X Employer Survey NUFS Dietetic Internship Director’s Office

X Graduate Survey NUFS Dietetic Internship Director’s Office ____ Alumni Survey NUFS Dietetic Internship Director’s Office

____ Exit Survey/Interview/Exam __________________________________________________ ____ Program-specific Survey __________________________________________________ ____ Scoring of Essay __________________________________________________ X Portfolio Evaluation NUFS Dietetic Internship Director’s Office

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____ Capstone Project __________________________________________________ ____ Presentation __________________________________________________ ____ Research Paper __________________________________________________

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____ Course Summary __________________________________________________ ____ Excel Spreadsheet __________________________________________________ ____ Access Database __________________________________________________ ____ Other: __________________________________________________

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Student Learning Outcome 1: Interns will complete the MS degree and develop into self-reliant, competent, entry-level professionals capable of functioning in a generalist practice.

Expected Level of Achievement

≥80% of the DI graduates will successfully complete the registration examination on the first try.

Completion of exams in clinical, foodservice manage-ment and community rotations with a grade of ≥ 85%

Maintain rotation grades of ≥85%

Based on graduate and employer surveys, the graduates and employers rate the competency of the program graduates at three or above on a five-point scale.

Program completion rate will be ≥90 % within a 5 year period

Actual Data From Assessment

The pass rate of first time takers of the registration exam for the 2004-2008 periods was 65 percent

All interns (100 percent) passed their rotation exams with a score of 85 percent or better.

All interns (100 percent) passed their rotations with a score of 85% or better.

Both graduates and employers rate the competency of program graduates at three or above on a five-point scale.

Since program inception in 1994, 108 interns have completed the program; one intern did not, for a completion rate of 99%.

Actions/Decisions

Revise planned experiences and course content. Initiate RD practice exams.

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

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Student Learning Outcome 2: Prepare graduates who are able to practice in diverse, multidisciplinary settings.

Expected Level of Achievement

> 30% of graduates will be working in a variety of practice areas.

> 80% or more of employers will rate graduates as adequate or very good in preparedness for an RD position.

> 80% or more of graduate respondents will have found employment in the field of dietetics or related fields.

> 80% or more of graduate respondents will have found the variety of experiences during the DI Program was about adequate.

Actual Data From Assessment

For the period 1994-2009, graduate surveys show that 52% of graduates are employed in clinical positions; 5% in foodservice management; 6 % in community dietetics; 3 % in education; 9% in sales; 9% in consulting; 2% in research,; 7% not working; 1% in Medical School; 1 in Nursing school; 1% in Recruiting and 4% are unknown.

100% of employers who completed the survey rate the preparedness of program graduates at three or above on a five-point scale.

83% of graduates have found employment in the field of dietetics or related fields.

100% of graduate respondents reported that the variety of experiences gained during the DI program was adequate.

Actions/Decisions

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

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Student Learning Outcome 3: Graduates will be employed as a registered dietitian within the state and local community.

Expected Level of Achievement

> 30% of program graduates will be employed in the five parish area of Southwest Louisiana

> 50% of program graduates will be employed in Louisiana

Actual Data From Assessment

40% of program graduates gained employment in the five parish area of southwest Louisiana.

66% of program graduates are employed in Louisiana

Actions/Decisions

Maintain: no change made; continue to review data.

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Resources Allocated: Funds were used to support faculty and interns to travel to Louisiana Dietetic Association Annual Meeting. Funds were used to support a project that the interns conducted in one of the elementary schools. Funds will be used to purchase a new laptop computer for the interns and program director to use for projects.

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