Business graduates excel on national exam

January 4, 2006

Recent test scores indicate that Bellarmine University business graduates are among the top 15 percent in the country.

According to results from the fall 2005 Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Major Field Test in Business, Bellarmine business graduates ranked in the 85th percentile for their overall score. In the sub-categories or “assessment indicators,” Bellarmine students’ scores placed in the 95th percentile for economics and the 90th percentile for accounting and international issues. Bellarmine scores on the remaining five categories ranged from the 60th percentile (management) to the 85th percentile (quantitative business analysis).

“We are extremely proud of theses results,” said Daniel L. Bauer, dean of Bellarmine University’s Rubel School of Business. “To me, it speaks volumes about the type of education we’re providing at Bellarmine.”

According to ETS, the fall 2005 business test was taken by students representing 469 institutions. It is intended to measure students’ academic achievement in the multidisciplinary subject matter representative of undergraduate business education. Further, ETS provides information on test results so that the institutions can assess their performance relative to their specific missions and objectives.

Bauer said that Bellarmine’s goals for the test were to rank in the 75th percentile overall and not under the 50th percentile in any one category. The 22 Bellarmine students taking the exam easily surpassed those goals.

“While those goals may sound as if they are rather low,” Bauer said, “we take into account that Bellarmine students taking the test represent only two majors (accounting and business administration) and they are being tested alongside students majoring in areas such as finance, management, marketing, and MIS (management information systems).”

Bauer said that the scores reflect steady improvement over the past several years—an improvement he attributes to curriculum and faculty changes implemented to attain accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). One year ago—almost to the day—Bellarmine was informed that it had become the first private university in the state of Kentucky to earn the AACSB accreditation, a distinction held by just 15 percent of the world’s colleges and universities.


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