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Business Students Rank High Nationally

Business Students Rank High Nationally(Posted: December 11, 2012)

Graduating seniors in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith continue to demonstrate a high level of student performance and success by scoring in the top 20th percentile in a national assessment.

Dr. Steve Williams of Fort Smith, dean of the College of Business, said UAFS business students continue to perform well in the major field test (MFT) administered through Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Williams said four UAFS students scored high enough to be inducted into the College of Business Top Ten Club, an honorary award recognizing business students who score in the top 10 percent nationally. They are Kyle Arnold, a business administration major from Rudy; Michelle Doville and Christina Freeman, both accounting majors from Fort Smith; and Hailey Hibbard, a business administration major from Cedarville.

Williams stated that over 80,000 graduating seniors from almost 600 universities in multiple countries took the MFT for this last reporting cycle.

"The MFT test reports both a total score, which is an indicator of student performance in the general area of business, and subscores, which represent large subdomains of the different business disciplines and are based on enough test questions to be statistically reliable for both groups and individual students," said Williams.

"While our UAFS business students did well in all nine subscales, we scored particularly high in the areas of accounting, management, legal and social environment, and international issues."

Williams said the overall results were encouraging since the business faculty had recently implemented curricular changes in these areas, and improved student performance indicates these instructional modifications are producing desirable results.

"For example, we have recently hired Pendergraft Endowed Professors of Accounting and International Business," said Williams. "And these new faculty have introduced curricular modifications in their disciplines. These MFT results are a clear demonstration of enhanced student performance and success."

Williams said the fact that UAFS business students continue to score well every year in the national assessment is a testament to the quality of instruction students receive on the Fort Smith campus.

"This demonstrates the strength of our bachelor's degree in business and demonstrates to everyone that UAFS produces quality students," he said.

ETS provides schools with comparative data, enabling participating universities, potential employers, parents, and future students to compare a program's effectiveness with other business schools nationwide. The nationally administered ETS assessment test contains 120 multiple-choice questions designed to measure a student's subject knowledge and the ability to apply facts, concepts, theories and analytical methods.

ETS, founded in 1947, is a nonprofit organization that provides a range of products and services to advance learning worldwide.

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