UH Hilo computer science students ace MFAT
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642
For Immediate Release
Junior and senior computer science majors at the University of Hawaii at Hilo who took the Major Field Achievement Test in spring 2005 placed among the top in the 177 institutions who administered the test nationally.
UH Hilo students scored an overall mean score of 172, placing UH Hilo in the 90th percentile of student scores used by the Educational Testing Service as the national normative data. It also places the University in the 95th percentile of the 177 institutional scores making up the national norm.
“It should be noted that the 95th percentile is the highest ranking reported by ETS, so we are at the top of the chart,” said Dr. Judith Gersting, chair of UH Hilo’s computer science department. “Our students have taken the MFAT every year since 1988. Every year except 1994, they’ve performed at or above national norms on the test and on each of the subareas. But this year, they’ve outdone themselves. In fact, and I believe this is a first, every one of our 19 students who took the test scored above the national mean score of 149.”
UH Hilo students’ scores also put them in the 95th percentile in all of the three MFAT subareas: programming fundamentals; computer organization, architecture and operating systems; and algorithms, theory and computational mathematics.
The MFAT is designed to be an end-of-program assessment of academic achievement and growth. Unlike the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), it is intended to assess all graduates in a school’s major, not just those entering graduate or professional school.
“I am so thrilled for the Computer Science Department and proud of the students and instructors,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Dr. Rose Tseng. “Our students’ performance on this test, both this year and in the long term, is confirmation of the excellent quality of education at UH Hilo.”
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