Nutrition B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences (ANVS) is to demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation while meeting the needs of the citizens of the State of Nevada and the Nation. This mission is accomplished by the following: 

  • Provide strong educational programs in the disciplines of Agriculture, Nutrition, Veterinary Sciences and Rangeland Ecology and Management at the undergraduate, graduate degree and internship levels.         
  • Train students to meet state and national needs by increasing the work force of agriculturalists, nutritionists (nutritional science/dietetics) and animal healthcare professionals      
  • Conduct innovative research in the departmental disciplines providing local, national and global impact. Address critical issues identified by the citizens of the State of Nevada through continued teaching, scholarly activities and service.

The curriculum of the Undergraduate Program in Nutrition is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills related to the application of nutrition to the maintenance of health and the modification of diet to manage causes and symptoms of disease. The Program involves two tracks with both common and separate goals.
The Dietetics track (NTD) trains students for professional activities in hospital and community nutrition as well as for nutrition-related jobs in government, industry and the fitness field. The Nutritional Sciences track (NTS) has as its primary purpose the preparation of students for entry into graduate or professional schools such as medical, pharmacy and dental schools and for application of nutritional principles in these health professions or in teaching and research in academic institutions. 

Program Outcomes

1.  Students will be prepared to enter a dietetic internship or, a professional or graduate degree program. 

Student Performance Indicators

  • For dietetics students, 60% or more will gain acceptance into a dietetic internship and 80% or greater will pass the national registration exam.
  • For nutrition students (nutritional sciences and dietetic), 60% or greater will gain admission to professional or graduate school.

Assessment Method

  • DI acceptance rates over a 5-year period (Program application rate records)RD National registration scores over a 5-year period (official reports from CDR)
  • Professional school acceptance rates (Program and UNR alumni surveys)Graduate school acceptance rates (Program and UNR alumni surveys)

2.  Students will have positive perceptions of the program's curriculum and advisement.

Student Performance Indicators

  • A response rate of good or better (3 or more) will be attained on all questions pertinent to curriculum.
  • A response rate of good or better (3 or more) will be attained on all questions pertinent to advisement.

Assessment Method

  • The Nutrition Student Program Exit Survey
  • The Nutrition Student Program Exit Survey

3.  Students will graduate from a program accredited by an agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Accreditation maintained: program approved
  • Accreditation maintained: program approved

Assessment Method

  • ACEND yearly and 5-year interim reports
  • ACEND 10-year site visit reports

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the scientific basis of the nutrition discipline.

Student Performance Indicators
  • The mean performance of students based on rubric scoring criteria will be **satisfactory on critical thinking assignments designed to review nutrition literature to answer specific questions of relevance to the understanding of nutrition.**(defined as a 'B' or above)
  • The mean performance of students based on rubric scoring criteria will be** satisfactory on oral presentations specific to relevant nutrition topics in the context of the specific class. **(defined as a 'B' or above)
Assessment Method
  • Nutr426: Assignment: Counseling Techniques and Advising Nutr 470: Assignment: Community-Based
  • Nutr 427: Oral team presentations: Clinical Case Study Assignment

2.  Students will be able to demonstrate competency in the interpretation and critical analysis of the scientific literature which will be integrated into evidence-based practice. 

Student Performance Indicators
  • The mean performance of students based on rubric scoring criteria will be **satisfactory on assignments that require the critique of published nutrition research papers.**(defined as a 'B' or above)
  • The mean performance of students based on rubric scoring criteria will be **satisfactory on oral presentations on nutrition research and related ethical issues.**(defined as a 'B' or above)
Assessment Method
  • Nutr 452: Assignment: Critique of advanced nutrition application papers Nutr 485: Assignment Critique of nutrition research papers
  • Nutr 452: Oral team presentations: Advanced Nutrition Applications Nutr 485: Oral team presentations: on research papers and/or research proposal