Stephen F. Austin State University

Mission, Goals, and Objectives (DPD program)

Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the DPD at Stephen F. Austin State University is to prepare high quality professionals to seek and apply knowledge in dietetics for the benefit of individuals, families, and communities in a global environment.


Objectives and Goals:

The program outcome measures are as follows:


Goal #1 - The program will prepare students to be successful in graduate studies, supervised practice, or as dietetics professionals.

  1. Over a five-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program.
  2. Over a five-year period, 80% of those applying to supervised practice programs the academic year they complete the program will be accepted.
  3. An 80% first time pass rate over a 5 year period will be achieved on the RD exam by alumni.
  4. Within 12 months of completing the program at least 60% of students who apply will be accepted to post-baccalaureate (graduate school) programs
  5. 60% of graduates who seek employment will find employment within 1 year of graduation
  6. 80% of students will complete the DPD program starting as a junior within 3 years

Goal #2 - The program will commit to academic excellence by educating students to engage in the process of critical thinking and problem solving while demonstrating confidence and integrity necessary for success in supervised practice programs and or dietetics related jobs.

  1. When surveyed, the mean rating that supervised practice directors/preceptors and employers will give for "area of practice" will meet or exceed the rating of satisfactory (3).
  2. When surveyed, the mean rating that graduated DPD students will give for how valuable DPD courses prepared them for the internship or a dietetics related job will meet or exceed the rating of satisfactory (3).
  3. When surveyed, the mean rating that senior DPD students will give for how confident they feel DPD courses will prepare them for the internship or a dietetics related job will meet or exceed the rating of satisfactory (3).


Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are the knowledge, skills, and abilities students should demonstrate upon completion of the program. These SLO are required by ACEND and are regularly assessed to determine student learning and to evaluate overall program effectiveness. All ACEND required SLO must be submitted through Livetext (a data management program) in order to receive credit. Specifics of this program are covered in HMS syllabi.


Program outcomes data are available upon request. Please contact Sarah Drake, DPD Director drakes@sfasu.edu, or (936) 468-5560.