Missions, Goals & Measurable Outcomes
The Graduate Nutrition Program at Boston University Sargent College is a leader and innovator in graduate education. Our Program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the nutrition field and to promote excellence, growth, innovation and creativity in all areas of nutrition practice. The Didactic Program in Dietetic/Master of Science (DPD/MS) and Dietetic Internship (DI) are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 200, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, (312) 899-0400 www.eatright.org and guided by the Mission Statement, Goals, and Measurable Outcomes stated below.
Mission, Goals and Measurable Outcomes for the DPD/MS
Mission: The mission of the Boston University Didactic Program in Dietetics/Master of Science (DPD/MS) is to teach and apply knowledge in food, nutrition and dietetics. The DPD/MS strives to create an environment that fosters the critical thinking, communication skills, and commitment to lifelong learning necessary for graduates to provide the highest quality of food and nutrition services.
Goal 1: The DPD/MS will prepare graduates to enter a Dietetic Internship (DI), a graduate program or the job market
Outcome Measures for Goal 1:
1. At least 80 percent of the students who have completed the first year of the DPD/MS will complete the entire program.
2. At least 80 percent of the students in the DPD/MS will achieve a GPA of 2.5 or higher at graduation.
3. At least 75 percent of the graduates of the DPD/MS who can be contacted will enter a DI within five years of completing the DPD/MS.
4. Each student will be surveyed one year after graduation to assess their academic preparation for their DI, graduate program or job. At least 80 percent of the students responding will report satisfactory preparation.
5. One year after graduation, an evaluation will be sent to the director of each Dietetic Internship into which our students were placed. Of the evaluations that are returned, at least 80% of students will receive a satisfactory score.
Goal 2: The DPD/MS will encourage students to engage in lifelong learning.
Outcome Measures for Goal 2:
1. At least 80 percent of the graduates of the DPD/MS program who have completed a DI and passed the registration exam will maintain their RD status five years after graduation.
2. Five years after completion of the DPD/MS program, at least 50 percent of graduates will be employed in the field of nutrition or a related field or demonstrate involvement in professional activities.
Mission, Goals and Measurable Outcomes for the DI
Mission: The mission of the Boston University Dietetic Internship is to create and maintain a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, the acquisition of knowledge, and the development of ongoing professional skills that are necessary for our graduates to become superior dietetic health professionals. The knowledge acquired and the professional skills developed during the program are the foundation for becoming superior dietetic health professionals.
Goal 1: To prepare graduates to be competent entry-level dietitians
Outcomes Measures for Goal 1:
1. At least 80 percent of the graduates of the DI will achieve a first time passing grade on the AND registration exam within three years of completing the program.
2. At least 80 percent of the students in the DI will achieve a satisfactory (at least an average rating of 2.5) rating from preceptors for all rotations in their internship.
3. The DI Program will maintain an 80 percent or higher completion rate.
4. Each year, at least 10 percent of those employers who hire our graduates will be surveyed. Of those surveyed, at least 80 percent of graduates will be found to possess satisfactory entry-level skills.
Goal 2: To promote and encourage post-graduation professional development for our students
Outcomes Measures for Goal 2:
1. At least 80 percent of the graduates of the DI program will maintain their RD status five years after graduation.
2. Five years after completion of the program, at least 50 percent of graduates will demonstrate involvement in professional activities.