DPD Program Goals and Outcome Measures
To prepare DPD graduates by emphasizing foundation knowledge and competency in nutrition and dietetics so that graduates of the DPD will successfully apply their undergraduate education in post-baccalaureate supervised practice (e.g., dietetic internships, coordinated master's programs, or individualized supervised practice pathway (ISPP)), graduate/professional studies, and entry-level practice.
- Over a 5-year period, 80% of DPD graduates taking the Registration Examination for the first time will pass the exam.
- Over a 1-year period, 90% of DPD graduates taking the Registration Examination will pass the exam.
- Over a 5-year period, the mean exam scores of program graduates of the Auburn University DPD will exceed the national mean on the Registration Examination in each of the following areas: total score, food and nutrition, and foodservice systems management.
- Within 3 years of admission to the professional-DPD curriculum, 85% of students will complete the requirements to receive a Verification Statement of DPD program completion.
- Over a 5-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply to dietetic internships/supervised practice within 12 months of graduation.
- Over a 5-year period, 50% of DPD graduates applying to dietetic internships/supervised practice in the academic year of program completion will be accepted.
- Within 3 years of DPD program completion 85% of graduates will report employment in dietetics and nutrition-related positions or enrollment in graduate or professional school.
- 90% of DPD graduates who complete a dietetic internship/supervised practice experience will be rated by their program directors as having met or exceeded the performance expectations of the program.
- DPD graduates responding to the senior survey will report a mean satisfaction rating of very good or outstanding with their Auburn University education.
To provide experiential learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting to enrich DPD graduates' education and preparation for professional practice.
- 100% of DPD graduates will have participated in learning activities in each of the three experiential settings: clinical, community, and food service operations and management.
- 25% of DPD graduates will have participated in undergraduate student research in nutrition, dietetics, food science, or related areas.
- 25% of DPD graduates will have participated in a study abroad or regional experience to foster cultural competency.
To develop graduates' professional and leadership skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Among senior DPD students, 25% will have participated in professional organizations, served in leadership roles, and/or been recognized with student awards/nominations.
- Within 5 years of completing the DPD, 25% of graduates will report that they have held or are currently holding a leadership role in a professional, community, or civic organization.
- Within 5 years of completing the DPD, 75% of graduates will report that they have participated in one or more community or professional service activities.
- Within 5 years of graduation, 25% of graduates will have sought advanced degrees.
Information to the Public
Program outcome data is available to the public, and current and prospective students upon request. Please send a written request to Dr. Patricia Z. Marincic, Program Director Didactic Program in Dietetics at firstname.lastname@example.org.