Mission, Goals, & Objectives

We are a program dedicated to providing quality education preparing students for careers in nutrition and dietetics. 

The goals of the DPD at James Madison University are:

  1. The program will prepare graduates for supervised practice and graduate programs to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in clinical, community, and foodservice areas.
  2. The program will promote a learning environment that prioritizes inclusion, diversity, equity, and access to prepare graduates with high professional values.
  3. The program will produce graduates capable of graduate work and in interpreting and applying research to dietetics practice.
  4. The program will prepare graduates to work collaboratively and interprofessionally.

Outcomes Measures (2022)

A) Goal 1 - The program will prepare graduates for supervised practice to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in clinical, community, and foodservice areas.

Objectives and measures for goal #1
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?)
Eighty-five percent of students admitted to the program in the junior year will complete the program within three years. Student records A Audit Program Director Annually
The percentage of graduates who apply for a supervised practice/graduate program within twelve months of graduation will be 60% or greater and will remain constant or improve over time Demographic Data Senior survey
Alumni survey
Program Director Annually
Over 50% of graduates who apply for a supervised practice/graduate program placement will obtain a placement within 12 months of graduation and this will remain consistent or improve over time Internship application Senior survey
Alumni survey
Program Director Annually
Over a five-year period, 85% of alumni will pass the CDR credentialing examination for registered dietitian nutritionists within one year following the first attempt. RDN Exam pass rates RDN exam results CDR/ Pearson Annually
Over a seven-year period, at least 50% of students who graduate with a BS in Dietetics and do not apply for a supervised practice/graduate program will apply for graduate or professional education. Demographic data Alumni survey Program Director Annually
Over a seven-year period, supervised practice/graduate directors will rate 95% of program graduates satisfactory or higher for overall preparation for the supervised practice. Demographic data Supervised Practice/Graduate Directors Survey Program Director Annually

A) Goal 2 - The program will promote professional values in graduates.

Objectives and measures for goal #2
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?)
Fifty percent of students will become members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics within six months of enrolling in the program. Demographic information Senior Survey Program Director Annually
Supervised practice/graduate directors will rate the abilities of 75% of program graduates to demonstrate professionalism as satisfactory (3 on a 5-point scale) or above. Demographic Data Alumni survey Program Director Annually
Supervised practice/graduate directors will rate the abilities of 75% of program graduates to demonstrate cultural humility as satisfactory (3 on a 5-point scale) or above. Demographic Data Alumni survey Program Director Annually

A) Goal 3 - The program will produce graduates capable of graduate work and in interpreting and applying research to dietetics practice.

Objectives and measures for goal #3
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?)
Program graduates will rate their understanding of research as satisfactory (3 on a 5-point scale) or higher on alumni surveys. Demographic data Alumni survey Program Director Annually
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership will be maintained for five years by 50% of program graduates. Demographic Data Supervised Practice/Graduate Directors Survey Program Director Annually

A) Goal 4 - The program will prepare graduates to work collaboratively and interprofessionally.

Objectives and measures for goal #4
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?)
Graduates will rate their abilities to function as team members as satisfactory (3 on a 5-point scale) or higher on surveys. Demographic data Alumni survey Program Director Annually
Supervised practice/graduate directors will rate the abilities of 95% of program graduates to function effectively in interprofessional and other teams as satisfactory (3 on a 5-point scale) or above. Demographic Data Supervised Practice/Graduate Directors Survey Program Director Annually