“Once again Hillsdale students have proven the effectiveness of a classical liberal arts education,” added Mark Maier, assistant to the provost. “By providing a benchmark to measure our students’ outcomes against the outcomes of their peers at other institutions, the Proficiency Profile allows us to have an accurate gauge of the success of the core curriculum.”
The Proficiency Profile is akin to a college-level SAT. By testing students in the areas of critical thinking, reading, writing, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, the Proficiency Profile helps the College assess its educational initiatives and student performance.
“The Proficiency Profile is a recent addition to our General Education Assessment, and supplies a useful element of external benchmarking, given the large number of participants from a wide variety of institutions,” said George Allen, director of institutional research.
ETS is one of the most widely-recognized and reputable bodies in the country for post-graduate testing, and are the creators of the popular GRE test used by many graduate programs.
The Hillsdale students who took the test had an average GPA of 3.47, just slightly higher than the average GPA of the senior class as a whole, and represented a broad cross section of majors.
About Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 3.6 million. More information is available at Hillsdale.edu.
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