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Friday, May 16, 2003   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kewal Dhariwal, CCP Executive Director, ICCP
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AITP 2003 National Collegiate Conference
(Purdue University)

Over 200 students took buses from 9.00am to 5.00pm from the conference site at Cumberland Place in West Lafayette, Indiana over to Purdue University (Knoy Hall) where Jeffrey Brewer, Mark Broda, Keith Tennant, John Reynolds, Lynn Mckell and Ken Bainey helped us in 6 computer labs deal with the huge demand for ICCP examinations.

A new examination in Informations Systems Core (IS-CORE) subjects created as an outcome assessment examination for graduating seniors was being beta tested. Some twenty universities had got together at the School of Computing, University of Southern Alabama (Dr. David Feinstein, Dr. Bart Longnecker Jr., and Dr. Jeffrey P. Landry) in January 2003 to build the examination questions which are directly linked to learning units under the IS2002 model curriculum and analysis of job skills as advertised by recruiting companies.

The ICCP is one of the sponsoring agencies along with AITP's Education Special Interest Group, of this research effort soon to be funded by the NSF.

Another examination being beta tested was the Web Developer (WDV) examination. Web Developer preparation has been led by Dr. Brian Reithel, CDP of the University of Mississippi (OleMiss) and AITP Education Foundation member (former chair) as part of Dr. Lynn McKell (Brigham Young University) and his new examinations committee of the ICCP's Education Foundation.

Many professors, students and professionals from industry took part in these examinations. Also many freshmen and sophomores decided to challenge the examinations to figure out how much more they had to learn. It was an outstanding test for many of those students.

Even those students who didn't do well, stated on exit surveys, that they respected the soundness of the examinations and hadn't expected to do well, especially since there was no review or preparation for these tests. The data below reflects that variability in performance.

To achieve Associate Computing Professional (ACP) status an examinee has to achieve a score higher than 50% on at least two examinations, including the IS-CORE.

The students listed below achieved expert status (70% or more) on at least one examination.

Overall top student performer on ICCP tests (Combined score IS-CORE and WEB DEVELOPER) was:

John Caldwell, ACP of Brigham Young University

Tied first in the IS-CORE examination was
Nathan Sweaney, ACP

Honorable mention
Mathew Goodale, ACP
Becky Morgan

Tied first in the Web Development examination was
Michael Wooten, ACP
Chad Jones, ACP

Honorable mention
Mark Grimes, ACP
John Caldwell, ACP

Honorable mention (including all other examinations and IS-CORE):
Douglas Crosby, ACP (IS-CORE and MCN)

Here are some of the preliminary data results from the two beta examinations:

IS-CORE:

  • 171 examinees,
  • Mean=55,
  • Low Mark =20,
  • High Mark =76,
  • Standard deviation=10.18.
  • 127 students passed the Core examination.
  • Pass rate 127/171 = 74.27%.
  • 11/171 students (6.4%) achieved 70% or more and achieved expert proficiency.

WDV:

  • 88 examinees,
  • Mean 53,
  • Low Mark=24,
  • High Mark=77,
  • Standard Deviation=10.89,
  • 53 students passed the Web Development examination.
  • Pass rate 53/88 = 60.23%.
  • 8/88 (9%) people who received 70% or more and achieved expert proficiency.

It is obvious that these are hard examinations. In order to achieve expert level you need to achieve 70% or more and it is a credit to both the students and the faculty at their college/university that these students know their materials so well.

Academics: Want to test how well your class of students compares to the national average?

Contact us at the ICCP office so that we can assist you in measuring your class/college against the best students in North America.

Kewal Dhariwal, CCP Executive Director, ICCP and Manager Supply Chain Collaboration Online Research Institute, Athabasca University (www.mba.athabascau.ca) March 30, 2003.


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