Columbia College scores high on the Major Field Test

Columbia College students score well on the Major Field Test (MFT) year after year.

Every academic year, Columbia College seniors take a Major Field Test. These tests are two-hour, nationally normed exams in 15 academic disciplines developed by the Educational Testing Service. The tests are administered to the seniors to measure critical knowledge and understanding in their major field of study. Columbia College uses the scores as one way to evaluate the effectiveness of bachelor's degree programs.

In 2009-10, 1,259 Columbia College seniors took the MFT in their field. Of that number, 89 scored 90 percent or above, placing them in the top 10 percent of all U.S. students taking the test. These high-scoring students aren't just cause for celebration among faculty for a great teaching job; a good score also qualifies the senior to wear a special blue and silver cord in the graduation ceremony.

Some Day Campus students took the ACAT Assessment Examination in lieu of the MFT in history, communications and business. ACAT scores are considered equivalent to the MFT scores.

Among these high-scoring Columbia College test-takers, business was by far the largest field in which students were tested, with 52 seniors. Criminal justice was a distant second, with 18 students, MBA third with 7 students and psychology fourth with 5 students.

Twenty of Columbia College's campuses had seniors who scored 90 percent or above.

Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, said, "It is a pleasure for me to recognize both these seniors and their teachers for this impressive showing. The students' achievement spotlights our quality academic programs, and shows that our best students are as good as the best students anywhere and that our faculty is second to none."

Congratulations to all these students and the outstanding faculty who taught them!