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Department of Computer Science
Last updated 11/1/1999

Knowledge and skill goals for this undergraduate degree program are recorded in the most recent CU-Boulder catalog.

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:

93-94 94-95
UCB Nat'l UCB Nat'l
Software 54% 44% 60% 42%
Computer Organization 44% 33% 47% 32%
Theory 62% 49% 66% 46%
Math 48% 37% 51% 38%

  96-96 UCB National 96-97 UCB
Programming 72% 50% 64%
Software 53% 35% 57%
Computer Organization 47% 28% 41%
Theory and Math 57% 41% 51%

(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.

97-98 98-99
UCB Nat'l UCB
Programming 63% 51% 61%
Software 51% 36% 51%
Computer Organization 39% 28% 40%
Theory and Math 49% 41%  51%


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