Wheeling Jesuit University

Psychology Department Now Offers Valuable SPSS Certificates to Students

IBM-backed certificate offers a big plus when WJU undergrads apply to graduate school or enter the job market.

WHEELING, WV, Jan. 6, 2010 — Wheeling Jesuit University’s psychology department is now approved to offer SPSS, Inc. certificates to students who complete statistics, experimental design, and advanced statistics courses.

The SPSS certificate recognizes student achievement and is helpful when undergraduates apply to graduate school and positions in the job market.

“We are happy to provide our hard-working students with this additional plus as they complete their undergraduate degrees and look beyond college to grad school and the professional world,” said Dr. Debra Hull, chair of the psychology department. SPSS Inc. is an IBM company that provides predictive analytics that includes data collection, text and data mining, and advanced statistical analysis and predictive solutions, helping its customers predict future events and proactively act upon insight to drive better business outcomes. It awards the certificates to encourage students of statistics and offer them tangible proof of their abilities.

Psychology professor Dr. Bryan Raudenbush did the work to earn the right for Wheeling Jesuit to award these statistic certificates. He submitted the application and gathered the supporting documents required by IBM.

The new SPSS certificate offers students a statement of their achievement in the area of quantitative research. The acronym SPSS originally stood for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and the SPSS company was founded to distribute and support the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, but now supplies software in four markets: data mining, survey/market research, quality improvement, and scientific research.

“The skills that our students must demonstrate to earn the certificate are advanced and extensive,” Hull said. “We are proud of our students and their work and we look forward to awarding the SPSS certificate to several of our psychology majors this spring.”

For more information on Wheeling Jesuit’s psychology department or for general WJU admissions information, please call 1-800-624-6992.

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