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Mission, Goals, and Objectives


The mission of the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to educate and challenge diverse students to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who will serve as responsible practitioners, leaders, innovators and lifelong educators and make positive impacts on the nutrition outcomes of the public.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Graduates will successfully enter the field of nutrition to help meet the demand for RDs nationally and locally.

ACEND Objectives

  • At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 3 years (150% of planned program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 70% of program graduates will take the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) credentialing exam for dietitian-nutritionists within 12 months of Program completion.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Program Specific Objective

  • Of program graduates who represent traditionally under-represented groups in dietetics, including men, people of color and speakers of English as a second language, 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.

Goal 2: Graduates will be well-prepared for the practice of nutrition and dietetics in a variety of settings.

ACEND Objective

  • At least 70% of employer survey respondents will rate program graduates as “competent,” “very competent,” or “extremely competent.” (as measured on a 5-point scale with: 1=not competent; 2=fairly competent; 3=competent; 4=very competent; 5=extremely competent).

Program Specific Objectives

At least 70% of graduate survey respondents will report feeling adequately prepared, well-prepared or extremely well-prepared for their area of practice when surveyed 12 months after graduation (measured on a 5-point scale: 1=poorly prepared; 2=somewhat prepared; 3=adequately prepared; 4=well-prepared; 5=extremely well-prepared).