Dietetics Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Dietetics at Illinois Venn Diagram

The University of Illinois Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will provide high quality, innovative food and nutrition education along with the necessary communication skills to prepare future entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to become leaders in the field promoting healthy food and nutrition practices across the United States and globally.

This is compatible with the overall goal of the department's mission: to implement education, research and outreach programs designed to provide a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply that enhances human health; and the mission of the College of ACES: to enhance the quality of life for people and communities through teaching, research and outreach programs focused on human activity, food, fiber, and natural resource systems.

The mission of the Dietetics Program

The University of Illinois Didactic Program in Dietetics will provide high quality, innovative food and nutrition education along with the necessary communication skills to prepare future entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to become leaders in the field promoting healthy food and nutrition practices across the United States and globally.

Program Goals, Objectives, and Actual Outcomes

A)  Goal #1– To prepare students to be competent future entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

 

B) Objectives

 

C)   Data Needed for Evaluation and Data Source

D) Evaluation Method(s) for Collected Data
 

E)  Individual(s) Responsible for Ensuring Data Is Collected
 

F) Timeframe for Collecting Data

(When is data collected?)
 

G) Actual
Outcomes

1.  Over a 7-year time period, 95% of students complete the DPD in 150% time (6 years undergraduates, 3 years for graduate students).

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Program Director

Annually each May

(100%) Achieved

2. Over a 7-year time period, 90% of graduates will have an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0.

Transcripts from the Undergraduate Records Program

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Program Director

Annually each May

(99%)

Achieved

3. Over a 7-year time period, 50% of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

D & D Digital Data and student report

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Program Director

Annually each April

(95%)

Achieved

4.  Over a 7-year time period, 40% of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

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Annually each April

(87%)

Achieved

5.  Over a 7-year time period, 85% of program graduates are working as RDNs or continuing their education in graduate school. 

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Annually each June

(95%) Achieved

6.  Over a 7-year time period, 90% of graduates will have dietetics work experience.

Dietetics Work Experience Surveys from the students

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Annually each October

(100%)

Achieved

7. 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%.

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Program Director

Annually each spring and fall

(99%)

Achieved

 

 

 

 

A)  Goal #2 – To provide students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences, research and application of nutrition, food science and management areas to prepare them for supervised practice and graduate school.

 

B) Objectives
 

C)  Data Needed for Evaluation and Data Source

D) Evaluation Method(s) for Collecting Data
 

E)  Individual(s) Responsible for Ensuring Data Is Collected
 

F) Timeframe for Collecting Data

 

G) Actual
Outcomes

 

8. Over a 7-year time period, 80% of program graduates will demonstrate the ability to integrate course material and apply it in a practice setting.

Dietetic Internship Director Survey Data

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Program Director

Annually each May

(100%) Achieved

9.  Over a 7-year time period, 80% of program graduates will rate program as meeting their needs for supervised practice or graduate school.

Alumni Surveys

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Program Director

Annually each May

(100%) Achieved

10.  Over a 7-year time period, 90% of dietetics work experience supervisors will rate program students as satisfactory or more than satisfactory.

Dietetics Work Experience Supervisor Surveys

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Program Director

Annually each January

(98%)

Achieved

11.  Over a 7-year time period, 90% of DI Directors will rate program graduates as satisfactory or more than satisfactory with graduate’s preparation for supervised practice.

Dietetic Internship Director Survey

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Program Director

Annually each May

(100%) Achieved

A)  Goal #3 – To prepare future registered dietitian nutritionists to become leaders in the field with a high level of professionalism. 

 

B) Objectives
 

C)  Data Needed for Evaluation and Data Source

D) Evaluation Method(s) for Collecting Data
 

E)  Individual(s) Responsible for Ensuring Data Is Collected
 

F) Timeframe for Collecting Data

 

G) Actual
Outcomes

 

12. Over a 7-year time period, 90% of Dietetics work experience supervisors and DI Directors will rate students’ or program graduates’ leadership abilities as satisfactory or more than satisfactory.

Dietetic Internship Director Survey Data

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Program Director

Annually January and each May

(94%)

Achieved

13. Over a 7-year time period, 90% of Dietetics work experience supervisors and DI Directors will rate students or program graduates as having a high level of professionalism. 

Dietetics Work Experience Supervisor Surveys

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Program Director

Annually each January and May

(96%)

Achieved

14.  Over a 7-year time period, 50% of program graduates will have obtained or be in the process of obtaining a graduate degree or a board certified specialist credential.

Alumni Surveys

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Program Director

Annually each May

(77%)  Achieved

15. Over a 7-year time period, 50% of program graduates will currently hold or have previously held a leadership position within their place of employment or within a professional organization related to dietetics, food, management or nutritional sciences.

Alumni Surveys

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Program Director

Annually each May

(69%) Achieved

 

Further outcome data for the Didactic Program in Dietetics are available upon request. To request data, please send a request to Ms. Justine Karduck at karduck@illinois.edu.

Updated November 2018