Columbia College students ace the test

84 students score 90 percent or above on the Major Field Test

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Columbia College students just keep performing in a stellar manner on the Major Field Test. These tests are two-hour, nationally normed exams in 16 academic disciplines administered to more than 100,000 students in over 800 colleges in 2007 alone. The MFT tests, developed by the Educational Testing Service, are administered to seniors as part of Columbia College's ongoing effort to evaluate the effectiveness of bachelor's degree programs.

Scoring well on the test isn't just cause for celebration among faculty and staff as tangible proof of teaching excellence. A good score also qualifies the student to wear a blue and silver cord at graduation.

In 2008-09, 1,248 Columbia College seniors took the Major Field Test in such subjects as biology, business (bachelor's and master's), chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology. Of that number, 84 students scored in the top 10 percent of all U.S. students taking the test, and were eligible to wear the navy and silver cord at graduation.

The majority of these students took the MFT test in business (40) and criminal justice (27), a reflection of the popularity of these majors. Nine of the 10 top-performing students are majoring in business; the top six are all MBA candidates.
Test-takers scoring 90% or above from the Evening Campus, at 16, outperformed their Online Campus cousins, at 5. Among the physical campuses, the Day Campus in Columbia, Mo., was No. 1 with 13. Among Nationwide Campuses, St. Louis and Salt Lake were tied for the No. 2 spot, at 8 each; Aurora, Colo., and Jefferson City, Mo., were tied for third with four high-scoring students each.

In 2007-08, 945 Columbia College seniors took the Major Field Test in biology, business (bachelor's and master's), chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology. Of that number, 71 students scored in the top 10 percent of all U.S. students taking the test, and were eligible to wear the navy and silver cord at graduation.

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, said, "It has been a pleasure for me to congratulate many of these graduates personally at their commencement ceremonies. Their achievement spotlights our quality academic programs, and shows that our best students are as good as the best students anywhere."

Below is a list of all students who have received scores of 90% or above on the MFT examination from Sept. 2008 to May 2009, and the campus at which they took the test. Congratulations to all these students and the outstanding faculty who taught them!

NameCampus locationTest date
Christopher GomezAurora, Colo.9/22/2008
GeneMcCausey Aurora, Colo.9/24/2008
Valerie Gantzler Aurora, Colo.9/24/2008
Mary Wade Aurora, Colo.9/26/2008
Christopher Reeves Chrsitian County, Mo.9/10/2008
Scott T. Quinn Chrsitian County, Mo.5/11/2009
John M. Quinn Chrsitian County, Mo.5/14/2009
James L BakerCoast Guard Island, Calif.5/11/2009
Brett M KetelesCoast Guard Island, Calif.5/11/2009
Martin BadrovCrystal Lake, Ill.2/14/2009
Tracy EverhartCrystal Lake, Ill.5/8/2009
David J. SanderCrystal Lake, Ill.3/6/2009
Jayden RobertsDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/7/2009
Logan MuehlmanDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/6/2009
Matt UnverferthDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/6/2009
Yanli Wang Day Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/6/2009
David WinscottDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/5/2009
Jared WillisDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/5/2009
Jason BoydDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/5/2009
Danielle KeelingDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/5/2009
Joshua HeeterDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/6/2009
Geoffrey BlackwellDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.11/12/2008
Irina RodinaDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/22/2009
Kathleen WilliamsDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/6/2009
Jessica LusterDay Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/6/2009
Daniel R. BoyntonElgin, Ill.5/12/2009
Patricia Schreiner Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.10/2/2008
Ronald Bibb Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.12/4/2008
Lisa Giamalva Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.12/4/2008
Timothy Steele Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.12/5/2008
Tracy Gladden Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.5/2/2009
Alija Hamzic Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.2/21/2009
Frank Garro Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/14/2009
Cecily Layton Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/14/2009
Stephen Brookins Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/14/2009
Sylvester Oluoch Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/29/2009
Bryan Sappington Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/29/2009
Christopher Reimer Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/29/2009
Casey Gentry Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/29/2009
Joseph Burns Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.4/29/2009
Roxanne O'Loughlin Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.12/3/2008
Travis Bogart Evening Campus, Columbia, Mo.12/3/2008
Alexander MarchenkoffFort Drum, N.Y.2/10/2009
Dawn MusickFort Drum, N.Y.11/14/2008
Robert Post Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.12/2/2008
Ashley Stetto Fort Worth, Texas9/29/2008
Chad O'Brien Fort Worth, Texas11/18/2008
Sherry HuntHancock Field, N.Y2/23/2009
Mark A AdamsJefferson City, Mo.5/13/2009
James Shockley, Jr.Jefferson City, Mo.5/7/2009
Elizabeth WillardJefferson City, Mo.4/26/2009
Emily OusleyJefferson City, Mo.12/3/2008
Adam J. WolfeLake of the Ozarks, Mo.4/29/2009
Mark BrooksMarysville/Everett, Wash.5/5/2009
Michael HathawayMarysville/Everett, Wash.9/26/2008
Chrissandra PorterMoberly, Mo.4/8/2009
Jacob GrotewielMoberly, Mo.4/8/2009
David J. HarveyNAS Jacksonville, Fla.3/2/2009
Charles LippoldOnline Campus 2/21/2009
Michelle WatsonOnline Campus 9/22/2008
Joyce K. KeetonOnline Campus 5/2/2009
Joshua J. ShopeOnline Campus 5/13/2009
Scott MolyneauxOnline Campus 11/17/2008
Benjamin McNailRolla, Mo.5/13/2009
Sherie DiedrichRolla, Mo.5/6/2009
Travis CloydSalt Lake, Utah9/24/2008
Michael Miles Salt Lake, Utah9/24/2008
Tyson Taylor Salt Lake, Utah4/21/2009
Ryan Carter Salt Lake, Utah9/24/2008
Bruce E. Weaver Salt Lake, Utah5/14/2009
Tiffany Twitchell-Smith Salt Lake, Utah5/11/2009
Lenard Middaugh Salt Lake, Utah3/3/2009
Blair Barfuss Salt Lake, Utah4/9/2009
Jerry Martinez San Luis Obispo, Calif.9/24/2008
Julie Calcagno St. Louis, Mo.11/24/2008
Beverly Anderson St. Louis, Mo.11/24/2008
Melissa Curran St. Louis, Mo.2/19/2009
Monte Bryant St. Louis, Mo.2/19/2009
Trina Clerkley St. Louis, Mo.2/19/2009
Rosalind Portis St. Louis, Mo.11/24/2008
Sophia Walton St. Louis, Mo.11/24/2008
Garry Miller St. Louis, Mo.4/23/2009
Natalie Boyer Whidbey Island, Wash.9/23/2008
Christopher Grenfell Whidbey Island, Wash.9/23/2008