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Mission and Learning Goals

Nutrition Department Mission
The CSB/SJU Nutrition Department integrates the knowledge and skills required for nutrition and dietetics with the liberal arts which are rooted in the Catholic Benedictine values and foster a life-long love of learning and an open-hearted response to the needs of others.  An appreciation and respect for the food habits and traditions of diverse peoples is balanced with the principles of scientific methodology and open inquiry. Intellectual growth of our students is promoted through innovative laboratory experiences, student research, study abroad opportunities, and community service. We are committed to helping our students develop skills in critical thinking, effective communication, ethical decision-making, and leadership in order to prepare them for contemporary nutrition careers, post baccalaureate studies, service to their communities, and life-long learning.  We contribute to the liberal education of all CSB/SJU students through providing courses that meet Liberal Arts Common Curriculum or other academic program requirements.

•·         Nutrition Department webpage - https://www.csbsju.edu/nutrition/mission.

DPD Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics of the College of Saint Benedict | Saint John's University, is to prepare students to enter supervised practice, graduate programs, or food and nutrition careers, through the integration of nutrition and dietetics studies within a broad liberal arts base.  The program also prepares graduates for leadership and professional engagement. 

•·         DPD Mission - https://www.csbsju.edu/nutrition/mission.

DPD Program Goals:

Program Goals:

•·         Program Goal 1:  The Didactic Program in Dietetics will prepare graduates for successful placement in supervised practice, graduate programs or entry-level employment in food and nutrition careers.

•·         Program Goal 2:  In line with the mission of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, the Didactic Program in Dietetics prepares graduates who are successful in their supervised practice or employment, seek leadership opportunities, and participate in professional organizations, as part of life-long learning.

Program Objectives for Goal 1: 

•·         Objective 1 - Measure 1: National Pass Rate (first-time)

Over a 5-year period, the first time pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN meets or exceeds the ACEND standards (of at least 80% or above).

•·         Objective 1 - Measure 2: National Pass Rate (12-month)

Over a 5-year period, the one-year pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN meets or exceeds the ACEND standards (of at least 80% or above).

•·         Objective 2 - Program Completion: Over a 5-year period, 90% of enrolled students (beginning the third year) will complete program/degree requirements within 150% (36 months) of the time planned for program completion. 

•·         Objective 3 - Measure 1:

Application to Supervised Practice (dietetic internship):

Over a 5-year period, 60% of students will apply to a supervised practice program within 12-months of completing the program.

•·         Objective 3 - Measure 2:

Accepted/Matched to Supervised Practice (dietetic internship):

Over a 5-year period, 80% of students/graduates applying to supervised practice programs will be accepted/matched (within 12-months of completing the program).

•·         Objective 4 - Employment:

Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates seeking related employment (within 12-months of graduation) are successful.

Program Objectives for Goal 2: 

•·         Objective 1 - Program Performance: Intern Preparation:

Over a 5-year period, 90% of dietetic interns rate their preparation for the internship highly (well-prepared or very well-prepared), a rating of 4 on a 5-point scale.

•·         Objective 2 - Program Performance:  Graduate Preparation:

Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates rate their preparation for their current employment/career goals highly (well-prepared or very well-prepared), a rating of 4 on a 5-point scale.

•·         Objective 3 - Program Performance: Internship Director Evaluation:

Over a 5-year period, Internship Directors will rate 80% of interns highly (well-prepared or very well-prepared for the program), a rating of 4 on a 5-point scale.

•·         Objective 4 - Program Performance:  Employer Evaluation:

Over a 5-year period, employers rate 80% of graduates highly (well-prepared or very well-prepared for the position), a rating of 4 on a 5-point scale.

•·         Objective 5 - Leadership - Graduates:

Over a 5-year period, 70% of graduates will describe a leadership role.

•·         Objective 6 - Graduates - Members of Professional Organization:

            Over a 5-year period, 65% of graduates will belong to a professional organization.

Summary Outcome Data for Selected Program Objectives

for the DPD at CSB/SJU

  

For further data on any of the outcomes contact the Program Director.

 

Program Objective

Program Outcome Data

Over a 5-year period, the first time pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN meets or exceeds the ACEND standards (of at least 80% or above).

Over 5-years:

[2010-2014]

First-time pass rate = 96%

 

 

Over a 5-year period, the one-year pass rate for graduates taking the registration exam for RD/RDN meets or exceeds the ACEND standards (of at least 80% or above).

Over 5-years:

[2010-2014]

One-year pass rate = 98.67%

Over a 5-year period, 60% of students will apply to a supervised practice program (including programs with a graduate degree) within 12-months of completing the program.

Measure 1 - 63% of students apply to supervised practice programs within 12-months of completing the program.

 

Over a 5-year period, 80% of students/graduates applying to supervised practice programs (including programs with a graduate degree) will be accepted/matched (within 12-months of completing the program).

Measure 2- 87% of students/graduates applying to supervised practice programs are accepted/match (within 12-months of completing the program).

 

 

Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates seeking related employment (within 12-months of graduation) are successful.

Measure 3 - employment - 5-year average, 100% of DPD graduates seeking employment (within 12-months of graduation) are successful.

 
The CSB/SJU accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) includes a Mission statement, program goals, and objectives (listed above).  Program outcome data is collected and assessed for each objective, including the CSB/SJU 5-year match rate for acceptance into dietetic supervised practice programs and the 5-year pass rate for graduates taking the Examination for Registered Dietitians. Summary outcome data is available in the DPD student handbook. For information on outcome data for any of the above objectives please contact the DPD Program Director: Linda M. Shepherd, MPH, RDN.