Standing with Dr. Jeff Elwell are student awardees (left to right) Carson Mills, Ryan Boddy, Ryan Hernandez, [Dr. Elwell], Grace Mesarchik, Lacey Harrell and Jorge Aldavaz. Not pictured are Jade Bennett, Sergio Flores, Allen Hank, Chelsea Hatfield, Logan Lingar, Lilianna Mauldin, Samantha Molina, Oliver Puckett and Derek Warner.
Standing with Dr. Jeff Elwell are student awardees (left to right) Carson Mills, Ryan Boddy, Ryan Hernandez, [Dr. Elwell], Grace Mesarchik, Lacey Harrell and Jorge Aldavaz. Not pictured are Jade Bennett, Sergio Flores, Allen Hank, Chelsea Hatfield, Logan Lingar, Lilianna Mauldin, Samantha Molina, Oliver Puckett and Derek Warner.

The fifteen top-scoring ENMU freshmen in a nationally-normed test of general knowledge were recognized this fall by President Dr. Jeff Elwell, who commended them for the academic performance. Students also received a Sodexo gift certificate. Freshmen completed the ETS Proficiency Profile, taking either a multiple-choice test or completing a written essay.

Dr. Patrice Caldwell, Chief of Staff at ENMU, said, "ENMU appreciates the effort that these students put into their assessment testing. We are pleased to have so many strong academic performers in our freshmen class."

Periodically, ENMU tests freshmen, seniors and other student groups to see how they compare academically against national benchmarks. This spring, seniors will complete the version of the same test designed for students close to graduation.

Results provide the university with insights about where students start their educational journey, how their scores compare with national averages and how much seniors gain against that national average in four years.

The ETS Proficiency Profile assesses critical thinking, reading, writing and mathematics. Institutions use data from these assessments to examine program effectiveness and to guide curriculum requirements.