UH Hilo Computer Science students score high on achievement test
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2004
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642
For Immediate Release
Junior and senior computer science students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo have achieved scores on the Spring 2004 Major Field Achievement Test well above national norms.
Twenty-nine UH Hilo students, including nine from the second cohort of the University’s Distance Education B.S. in computer science degree program, achieved a mean score of 161 on the test, which is available from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). That score places UH Hilo in the 85th percentile—or in the top 15 percent—of the 133 institutional scores that make up the national norm.
“We have encouraged our junior and senior students to take the test each spring since 1988,” said Dr. Judith Gersting, chair of the computer science department. “UH Hilo students have usually performed at or above national norms for the test. I am happy to report that this group of students has continued that fine record.”
In fact, the only year since 1988 that UH Hilo students did not meet or exceed national norms for the MFAT was 1994, meaning that this is the 10th straight year that UH Hilo students have met or exceeded the national norm.
“Our computer science department has been turning heads nationally and our graduates have been hired by some very prestigious national companies,” UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng noted. “This is just one more quantifiable measure of the caliber of our computer science program.”
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