- Scores on the capstone course administered to graduating seniors
in Management 400 at The University of Southern Mississippi suggest
these students know their business.
from Southern Miss' Hattiesburg campus and six students from the
Long Beach campus scored in the top 10 percent nationally on the
recently administered Educational Testing Services Major Field Test.
The test measures students' knowledge on a wide range of business
in the past our business majors have consistently performed well,
this year's test performances are the most outstanding we've ever
seen," said Dr. Farhang Niroomand, professor of economics and
associate dean for academics.
He added, "I
think the results demonstrate that the College of Business Administration
is attracting top quality students, and those students receive a
top quality education from our dedicated faculty at Southern Miss."
Out of 163
students given the ETS test at the Hattiesburg campus, 49 students
- or about 30 percent - scored in the 80th percentile. At the Gulf
Park campus, the Management 400 class finished overall in the top
20 percent nationally.
The ETS Major
Field Test consists of examinations in 14 disciplines, including
accounting, economics, management, finance, marketing, legal and
social environment, international business, and quantitative business
analysis. Nationally, the test is administered to about 65,000 students
chair of the division of business at Southern MissGC, said he thinks
students on the Coast scored so high because they tend to be nontraditional
students with full-time jobs who understand the workings of the
"real world" better than many.
more mature students here," Taylor said, adding that students
in business courses at Southern MissGC usually range between the
ages of 25-35. "Most of our students are employed full time
and are going to school part time, so these are folks who have positions
Hattiesburg scoring in the 99th percentile were Jeffrey Babcock,
Leslie Hair, Eric Jarvis, William Martin, Ramona Stevens and James
in the 90th percentile were Andrew Young, Aaron Zumwalt, Mirenda
Bedwell, Bradley Coburn, Uwe Gneiting, Blake Hamm, David Moncrief,
Barry Navarre, Francisco Nazario, Amanda Puckett and Dustin Rinaldi.
At Long Beach,
one student, Justin Wadsworth, scored in the 97th percentile. Those
finishing in the 90th percentile were Tracy Bozeman, Jeni Hornbeck,
Charles Fairley, Regina Lawrence and Patricia Porrata.
said that three former students from Southern MissGC who recently
took the CPA exam passed on their first attempt, with one taking
a statewide medal in the process. Warren Ladner received a silver
medal for having the second best score in the state of Mississippi.
Jeff Pokorny passed on his first attempt, taking the CPA exam in
Alaska. Melissa Smith Dickinson was the third student to pass on
the first try, Taylor said.
passers are rare, and statewide medal winners are rarer still,"