TTU students top national average by 37 percent on ATMAE exam

Posted by Karen Lykins - Wednesday, February 23 2011
klykins@tntech.edu
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Surpassing the national pass rate average by more than 37 percent, Tennessee Tech University manufacturing and industrial technology students again earned accolades on the latest national certification exam in their field.

Tennessee Tech's MIT students achieved more than a 95 percent pass rate on the fall certified technology manager exam given by The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering. The average national pass rate was just under 58 percent.

Ahmed ElSawy, chairperson of TTU's MIT department, says a high pass rate on the exam is not new to TTU students.

"It is the norm for our students to achieve a 95 to 100 percent pass rate, always above the national average in most categories when compared to 34 institutions around the country," said ElSawy.

"Our department maintains an innovative curriculum, TTU provides a good general education, and all of our students minor in business," he said.

In all content areas of the exam, TTU students scored above the national average. Content areas include chemistry, English, management and quality control. The report compared TTU's students to a composite group of more than 1,000 examinees from more than 20 other organizations.

Twice a year, graduates in the 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.

ATMAE, formerly the National Association of Industrial Technology, certifies members who obtain a college degree and pass a certification exam.