Campus: CSU, Chico -- January 18, 2001

Speech Pathology Students Again Earn Top Scores

National test results released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association show that California State University, Chico graduate students in speech pathology once again scored higher over the past two years on the national exam than students from the most prestigious U.S. universities.

For the period from Oct. 1, 1998 through Sept. 30, 1999, CSU, Chico graduate students taking the PRAXIS speech-language pathology specialty tests had an average passage rate of 96 percent. Students attending schools classified as Research I and II, generally the nation's largest and most respected, passed at a rate of 83 percent.

The results mirror CSU, Chico students' success in 1995-97, which was the first period comparative PRAXIS test results were released. CSU, Chico students during that time had an average passage rate of 92 percent. Research University I and II students passed at a rate of 87 percent.

CSU, Chico is classified as a Master's or Comprehensive University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning. This classification means that it offers undergraduate and master's degree programs, but does not offer a Ph.D. program or a major emphasis in research.

Students attending Doctoral I universities, universities that grant a minimum of 50 doctoral degrees per year across at least 15 disciplines, had a passing rate of 88 percent. Students attending Doctoral II universities, universities that grant a minimum or 10 doctoral degrees per year across at least 3 disciplines or at least 20 doctoral degrees overall, had a passing rate of 78 percent.

CSU, Chico students scored on average 674 on the exam, which is scored between 200 and 800 points. By comparison, Comprehensive Masters Universities as a whole scored on average 640, Doctoral University I students scored on average 679, Doctoral University II students scored on average 647, Research I Universities scored on average 664 and Research II Universities scored on average 659.

The exam is taken by graduate students in order to receive a Certificate of Clinical Competence by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and be licensed to practice by the state of California. Over the past 12 years, CSU, Chico students have passed the exam on average at a rate above 90 percent.

Professor Patrick McCaffrey, coordinator of the Speech Pathology Graduate Program, said, "We are very proud and pleased to learn that our graduate students continue to perform at a high level, and that they have once again distinguished themselves. It is a privilege to teach such dedicated and conscientious students."

CSU, Chico has had a program in speech pathology since 1946. The university offers majors in speech pathology and audiology for undergraduates, and a master's program in speech pathology. About two thirds of those enrolled in the master's program have bachelor's degrees from CSU, Chico.

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