MIT graduates shine on NAIT scores

Manufacturing and industrial technology graduates from Tennessee Tech University achieved a pass rate almost 20 percent above the historic average on the most recent National Association of Industrial Technology Exam.

Twice a year, graduates in TTU's MIT department take the standardized exam that tests their knowledge of core educational concepts and allows students to be compared against similar programs across the country.

"In the last six years, our students have ranked among the best in the nation and have created a record of success," said Ahmed ElSawy, chairperson of TTU's MIT department. "In NAIT meetings, they always appraise us for the good job we are doing for the success of our graduates."

Approximately 65 percent of all examinees who have taken the exam to date are able to achieve a passing score, according to TTU's College of Engineering Dean Glen Johnson. TTU's 18 spring graduates earned a pass rate of 83.3 percent.

"Our program can be proud of the preparation of their students for this national test," said Johnson.

ElSawy credits a high pass rate on the exam to several factors.

"Most of our students come from other engineering disciplines, the department maintains an innovative curriculum, TTU provides a good general education, and all of our students minor in business," said ElSawy.

He added that the effects of these graduates' success on the department are being seen in the long and short terms.
"Recently, the program has gained popularity, and we are seeing considerable enrollment increase," he said. "Moreover, recruiters and employers always call the department requesting our graduates for employment."