Wheeling Jesuit University

University Psychology Students are Among the Best in the Nation

WHEELING, WV, Dec. 5, 2007 - Ten senior psychology students at Wheeling Jesuit University are among the best in the nation based upon recent testing administered by Educational Testing Services, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide.

"Ten students in our psychology department scored in the 85th percentile of students nationwide, and our department's cumulative performance placed us in the top percentile of colleges in the nation," said Dr. Debra Hull, Chair of the Department of Psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University. "This is a wonderful accomplishment for our students, and this recognition further affirms the quality of education available at Wheeling Jesuit Univesity."

Shown here, left-to-right, back row: Ben Wershing, Ramsey Miller, Paula Webster, Rebecca Shoemaker, Ryan Hunker, front row: Deanna Phillip, Kristen Koval, Laura Bruno, Kristen King and Rebecca Nusbaum all scored in the 85th percentile or higher.

"Statistically, you would have expected three or four to score this high, so I'm very proud of my students," added Hull.

The students participated in the Major Field Test in psychology, which is administered to college students in the semester before the last semester of their study and as a graduation requirement to determine their proficiency in a specific area of study.

It assesses the knowledge expected of students at the end of their major course of study. Major field testing enables students to assess their progress toward mastery of knowledge required in their chosen major and provides important information to institutions which assists in improvement of curriculum design, and provides an independent benchmark by which programs among institutions can be evaluated across the county.

The Major Field Test in psychology consists of about 140 multiple-choice questions, some of which are grouped in sets and based on materials such as a description of an experiment or graphs of psychological functions.

ETS publishes a Comparative Data Guide that contains tables of scale scores and percentiles for individual student scores drawn directly from senior test takers nationwide. The Guide also provides departmental mean scores, as well as any sub-scores or group assessment indicators that the test may support,
One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Wheeling Jesuit University offers students a high-quality private education.

Since 1995 U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wheeling Jesuit University among the top institutions in its “Best Master's Universities in the South” category, and it is the highest ranked college or university in West Virginia.The campus is also home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies®, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center® and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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