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May 20, 2013

UW-Eau Claire students excel on national HR exam; Chaudoir scores top 3 nationally

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire management majors once again achieved top scores on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Assurance of Learning exam. The online exam assesses whether seniors and recent graduates have the minimum knowledge needed to be successful HR practitioners.

UW-Eau Claire students had an 80% pass rate which was far above the national average of 59%. Kaleb Chaudoir, a UW-Eau Claire human resource management major from Sturgeon Bay, WI, achieved one of the top three scores nationally.

“We are very proud of Kaleb and all the other UW-Eau Claire students who took the SHRM exam,” said Dr. Scott Lester, professor of management. “UW-Eau Claire’s pass rate was the highest of all the schools that require their majors to take the exam. This is an honor we have held every semester since the exam started in spring 2011.”

The SHRM Assurance of Learning exam consists of 160 multiple choice questions that address HR concepts such as employment law, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and workforce planning and talent management. A student can take the SHRM exam anytime during their eligibility period which begins one year before graduation and ends one year after it. Individuals who do not pass may retake the test at another time within their eligibility period. Students who pass the four-hour exam receive a Certificate of Learning.

“Passing the exam is an achievement students can proudly list on their resumes,” said Lester. “It’s a mark of excellence that differentiates them from others in the job market,” he continued.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, SHRM serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

The UW-Eau Claire HR management Program has been endorsed by SHRM for aligning with its recommended curriculum.

For more information about the UW-Eau Claire human resources management major, contact Dr. Scott Lester, professor of management, UW-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing.

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