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Graduates of the online public university scored higher than the national average in seven core areas and showed significant increase in their scores upon graduation.

Greenwood Village, Colo. – Colorado State University Global ( is proud to announce that its bachelor’s degree students score in the top quarter-percentile against students nationwide according to the latest Educational Testing Service (ETS)® Proficiency Profile data.

The ETS® results show CSU Global students achieved significantly higher scores upon graduation than the scores they earned when entering their CSU Global bachelor’s degree program. Importantly, CSU Global students also demonstrated higher learning achievement than the national average in all assessed areas. The ETS® Proficiency Profile is a nationally recognized exam utilized to track and evaluate its undergraduate students’ academic progress from their first year as students to the completion of their degree programs. The national average is based on over 150,000 students around the U.S. enrolled at more than 100 participating four-year schools.

Percentile of Institutional Mean Scores*

ETS® Category Entering Percentile- Institutional Mean Graduating Percentile- Institutional Mean Increase in Percentile - Institutional Mean
Overall 40 86 +46
Critical Thinking 52 91 +39
Reading 36 89 +53
Writing 17 78 +61
Math 74 89 +43
Humanities 51 94 +43
Social Sciences 64 96 +32
Natural Science 39 77 +38

*Includes CSU Global students with entering and graduating ETS® Proficiency Profile data from incoming cohorts of Fall 2011-Fall 2013 and completer cohorts of FY12/13-FY14/15. Percentiles are for institutional means provided by ETS® for all four year institutions using the unproctored administration.

“Our courses are designed to ensure that students are able to learn the required curriculum in their program, as well as develop critical thinking, writing, reading, and quantitative skills,” said Dr. Jon Bellum, Senior Vice President and Provost for Colorado State University Global. “The results of the ETS® Proficiency Profile and other assessments that are in place to monitor student achievement are a testament to the quality of our programs and the hard work of our faculty and staff.”

The ETS® Proficiency Profile exam is used to evaluate students’ skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and math as well as context in humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. CSU Global students demonstrated the highest test score increases in writing and reading, with significantly higher achievement scores in all subjects.

As a fully online, regionally accredited state university designed for working adults, CSU Global is committed to its student success inside and out of the classroom. Prospective students should visit or call an Enrollment Counselor at 1-800-462-7845 to learn more about the university’s student-centered approach and career relevant degrees.

About Colorado State University Global

Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first 100 percent online state university in the United States. CSU Global is focused on facilitating adult success in a global marketplace through career-relevant education including bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty trained in working with adults in an online learning environment, and through its dedication to student retention, graduation and workplace success. Visit or call 1-800-462-7845 for more information.


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