Mission and Goals

Mission

The mission of the undergraduate program in Human Nutrition and Food is to provide quality dietetic education that enhances the students’ total development, and provide an avenue toward the eligibility of students becoming registered dietitians.

Students will possess the knowledge and competencies required to enter into dietetic internships, successfully complete graduate nutrition and related programs and enter into entry level positions in the nutrition profession, thus meeting the needs of the residents of Texas and the nation. The degree plan emphasizes the significance of lifelong learning, individual development, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. Graduates are encouraged to utilize their professional preparation and personal potential to improve the health of individuals and families throughout the life cycle.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at Prairie View A&M University is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) the accrediting agency for the American Dietetic Association
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Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
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Goals

Didactic Program Goal 1

Prepare competent graduates for entry into dietetic internship programs or other graduate degree programs.

Outcome Measure 1a.
Over a five year period 80% of program graduates will successfully complete the registration exam on the first try.

Outcome Measure 1b.
Within 18 months of DPD completion. 50% of students not applying to DI programs will be accepted into post-graduate programs.

Outcome Measure 1c.
Over a five year period 80% of those applying to DI programs the academic year of completion will be accepted.

Outcome Measure 1d.
Seventy percent of majors who begin the third year in the DPD curriculum will complete program requirements within 150% of time planned for completion.

Outcome Measure 1e.
Over a five year period 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs in the academic year they complete the program.

Didactic Program Goal 2

Add to the cadre of historically under-represented individuals who are successful professionals in their field of study.

Outcome Measure 2a.
Within 18 months of DPD completion, 80% of historically under-represented graduates not applying to either a DI program or a post-graduate program will receive employer ratings of “satisfactory” or better in a nutrition and or food related employment.

Outcome Measure 2b.
80% historically under-represented graduates entering a supervised practice or graduate program will complete all program requirements within 150% of time planned for completion.

Didactic Program Goal 3

Foster quality academic, professional and social development and instill within graduates a commitment to community service.

Outcome Measure 3a.
Over a five year period, students will rate the quality of academic training received in 90% of the program major course requirements as met or exceeded expectations.

Outcome Measure 3b.
Over a five year period, 80% of current students will indicate active involvement in campus clubs and community service activities.

Outcome Measure 3c.
Over a five year period, 50% of graduates will show continued involvement in professional or community service activities.

Outcome Measure 3d.
Over a five period, 80% of graduates will rate their Preparation for the dietetic internship as adequate or above.

Outcome Measure 3e.
Over a five period, 80% of internship directors will rate the preparation of graduates for internship as adequate or above.