CSU-Global Students Demonstrate High Academic Achievement

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Graduates of the online public university scored higher than the national average in seven core areas and showed significant increase in their scores upon graduation.

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The results of the ETS Proficiency Profile are a testament to the quality of our programs and the hard work of our faculty and staff.

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSUGlobal.edu) is proud to announce that its bachelor’s degree students score in the top quarter-percentile against students nationwide, according to the latest Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile data.

The ETS results show CSU-Global students achieved significantly higher scores upon graduation than the scores they earned when entering their CSU-Global bachelor’s degree program. Importantly, CSU-Global students also demonstrated higher learning achievement than the national average in all assessed areas. The ETS Proficiency Profile is a nationally recognized exam utilized to track and evaluate its undergraduate students’ academic progress from their first year as students to the completion of their degree programs. The national average is based on over 150,000 students around the U.S. enrolled at more than 100 participating four-year schools.

The ETS data includes CSU-Global students with entering and graduating ETS Proficiency Profile data from incoming cohorts of Fall 2011-Fall 2013 and completer cohorts of FY12/13-FY14/15. Percentiles are for institutional means provided by ETS for all four year institutions using the unproctored administration. Percentile of the institutional mean scores are provided below and are available on the CSU-Global website:

  • Overall, the institutional mean for entering students was 40 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 86 percent for an increase of 46 percent.
  • In critical thinking, the institutional mean for entering students was 52 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 91 percent for an increase of 39 percent.
  • In reading, the institutional mean for entering students was 36 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 89 percent for an increase of 53 percent.
  • In writing, the institutional mean for entering students was 17 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 78 percent for an increase of 61 percent.
  • In math, the institutional mean for entering students was 25 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 68 percent for an increase of 43 percent.
  • In humanities, the institutional mean for entering students was 51 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 94 percent for an increase of 43 percent.
  • In social sciences, the institutional mean for entering students was 64 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 96 percent for an increase of 32 percent.
  • In natural sciences, the institutional mean for entering students was 39 percent and the institutional mean for graduating students was 77 percent for an increase of 38 percent.

“Our courses are designed to ensure that students are able to learn the required curriculum in their program, as well as develop critical thinking, writing, reading, and quantitative skills,” said Dr. Jon Bellum, Senior Vice President and Provost for Colorado State University-Global Campus. “The results of the ETS Proficiency Profile and other assessments that are in place to monitor student achievement are a testament to the quality of our programs and the hard work of our faculty and staff.”

The ETS Proficiency Profile exam is used to evaluate students’ skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and math as well as context in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. CSU-Global students demonstrated the highest test score increases in writing and reading, with significantly higher achievement scores in all subjects.

As a fully online, regionally accredited state university designed for working adults, CSU-Global is committed to its student success inside and out of the classroom. Prospective students should visit CSUGlobal.edu or call an Enrollment Counselor at 1-800-920-6723 to learn more about the university’s student centered approach and career relevant degrees.

About Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU-Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU-Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.

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