The department uses the Educational Testing Service’s Criminal Justice Major Fields Test (MFT) as the centerpiece of its assessment efforts. The test is given during a student’s senior year, and is “designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. The Major Field Tests go beyond the measurement of factual knowledge by helping evaluate students’ ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from their major field of study.” The department receives “comprehensive national comparative data” that allows it to compare program effectiveness to similar institutions nationwide (Educational Testing Service website). “

The Major Fields Test in Criminal Justice has been administered since Fall 2008 on a semesterly basis during the department's capstone senior seminar (CJUS-P410). Mean scores continue to indicate that our graduates are well above the national average; indeed, we have consistently fluctuated between the 85th and 95th percentiles. Our students tested well above the mean on all seven sub-areas covered on the test, including critical thinking skills.

As we combine the MFT findings with in-class student assessment tools, faculty teaching evaluations, student exit interviews, and graduate and employer surveys, we are confident that we can continue to make refinements to the classroom experience and the criminal justice curriculum that will keep our students scoring so well nationally.

Our majors should take pride in the fact that department offers a curriculum that clearly provides a quality undergraduate degree. As well, prospective students should rest assured that they will receive an outstanding learning experience in our department.