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Columbia College-Freeport announces high test scores
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

(Freeport, Ill.)- Columbia College–Freeport business administration majors scored in the 90th percentile nationwide on the Major Field Test (MFT) in Business. The test, developed by the Educational Testing Service, was administered this past fall to students in the capstone business course as part of Columbia College’s ongoing effort to evaluate the effectiveness of its curriculum.

Seventy percent of the students scored above the national norm with one student, David Petersen, scoring in the 95th percentile. Peterson, a Process Engineer for Sauer-Danfoss, recently completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a 3.83 GPA.

"We have long known that we have excellent students and a quality program, but these results further validate that knowledge," said Pete Willging, Columbia College–Freeport director. "We want to acknowledge the efforts of Highland Community College faculty, as many of our students have taken core business courses at HCC, where they received quality instruction as well."

The MFT is a nationally normed exam for various academic disciplines administered to nearly 9,000 students in 182 colleges.

Columbia College, founded in Missouri in 1851 as Christian Female College, changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it became coeducational. Columbia College–Freeport was established in 1996 and continues to serve working adults in the area. Columbia College provides accredited, affordable degrees for working adults, serving 25,000 students through its 32 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and Day Campus.