Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives
Coordinated Program in Dietetics
As a historically black 1890 land-grant institution, Delaware State University has pursued education of all peoples, bringing a diverse and global perspective to the education of its students. Both students and faculty contribute an international flavor that sets the university apart from other institutions of comparable size. The mission of Delaware State University as approved by the Board of Trustees in December 2011 is to “offer[s] access and opportunity to diverse populations from Delaware, the nation, and the world. Building on its heritage as a historically black college, the University purposefully integrates the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. Its commitment to advance science, technology, liberal arts, and the professions produces capable and productive leaders who contribute to the sustainability and economic development of the global community”.
Coordinated Program in Dietetics Mission
In accordance with the mission of Delaware State University and the College of Agriculture, Science & Technology, the Coordinated Program will prepare a diverse group of culturally competent leaders in dietetics to become entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who provide quality food and nutrition services, promoting, improving, or restoring health and well-being of people in their state, nation, and/or around the globe.
Coordinated Program in Dietetics Goals and Objectives
Program Goal 1:
- Coordinated Program in Dietetics graduates meet or exceed entry-level competency in nutrition and dietetics practice.
Program Objectives for Goal 1
- Eighty percent of program graduates take the 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%.
- At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length of 2 years).
- Of graduates who seek employment, 75 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate graduates as well or very well prepared for entry-level practice.
- At least 80% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as well or very well prepared for entry-level practice.
- At least 80% of graduates pursuing an advanced degree will be accepted to a graduate program.
Program Goal 2
- Coordinated Program in Dietetics graduates are culturally competent leaders in their profession and/or community.
Program Objectives for Goal 2
- At least 50% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will participate in a professional or community organization within one year of graduation.
- At least 50% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will report some form of community service within one year of graduation.
- At least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate graduates as culturally competent in their food and nutrition services.
- At least 80% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey will rate themselves as culturally competent in their food and nutrition services.
- At least 50% of graduates will have identified and pursued a professional/personal mentor within one year of graduation.
- At least 80% of graduates who respond to the alumni survey serve as preceptors within two years of graduation if they have the opportunity.
- At least 25% of graduates will hold a leadership position in a professional/community organization within 5 years after graduation.
Program outcomes data are available upon request.
Please contact the program director: bctaylor [at] desu.edu or call the Department of Human Ecology: 302.857-6440.