Department of Computer Science
In some summaries of assessment activity, goals are referred to by number (e.g., K-2 is knowledge goal 2).
In 1989-90 and 1990-91, the department participated in the College of
Engineering assessment program. In 1991-92 the department began a separate
assessment program using the ETS Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) in
computer science. The MFAT is a nationally standardized test based on the
GRE, designed to assess knowledge and skills in the major. The CU-Boulder
student average scores each year have been considerably better than the
MFAT national norms in all of the test's subareas. For example, in spring
1994 and spring 1995 the average percent of questions answered correctly
by the CU-Boulder students and by the whole national sample were:
(The national sample data provided by ETS in 1993-94 is actually the average for the years 1990-91 through 1992-93. The national sample for 1994-95 is actually the average for the years 1991-92 through 1993-94.)
Scores for the 1995-96 test cannot be compared to those in prior years
due to changes in the Computer Science test that were introduced in 1996.
UCB students were last tested in April 1999. The national sample data
in the table below is for 1996 through 1998.
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