Submitted Fall, 2003
Written Comprehensive Exam
(Objectives 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
The comprehensive exam is a four-part exam (8 hours) covering normal processes of communication, clinical issues in children, clinical issues in adults, and professional issues. Each question is graded by two faculty members using the criteria of high pass, pass, low pass, and fail. Candidates must achieve an 80% overall in order to pass.
Eighteen students wrote comprehensive exams during the 2002/2003 academic year. All students passed with the overall ratings ranging from 80% to 94% and an average score of 88%. Category breakdowns are as follows: High Pass = 6 students; Pass = 8 students; Low Pass = 4 students; Fail = 0 students.
Data from this and previous administrations of this assessment indicate that the department is providing the appropriate knowledge base and clinical experiences for our students. One question in the area of professional issues indicated that students are not aware of the differences and requirements for clinical certification and state licensure. Based on this information, alterations have been made to one course at the graduate level to review this information. Additionally, an undergraduate course, CDIS 488: Senior Seminar, has been added to the curriculum. This material will be introduced in that course.