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Wheeling Jesuit Psychology Students Rank Among the Best Nationally

Wheeling Jesuit University’s Psychology Department has evidence that it is at the top of its game nationally. Wheeling Jesuit psychology students recently scored in the 94 percentile on a national Educational Testing Service (ETS) exam in psychology.

“This recognition will be excellent for our students when they apply for graduate study. The recognition also shows that we have hard-working students and a strong curriculum,” said Dr. Debra Hull, psychology professor and department chair.

Psychology seniors across the country took the exam to measure their knowledge of psychology. Hull announced that half of those who took the exam at Wheeling Jesuit scored in the 85 percentile or higher nationally. Additionally, several students were just below the 85th percentile. Hull added that one would expect 15 percent of students to score that high on the test. As a whole, when compared to other schools’ results, Wheeling Jesuit was at the 94 percentile.

Hull explained that the test is broken down into four areas. Those areas include learning and thinking, physiology, clinical psychology and developmental psychology. The subscales show students and the department where their strengths and weaknesses are.
“In the past, if Wheeling Jesuit students scored lower in a particular area, we restructured the curriculum to strengthen that area,” Hull said. “This year’s results show that our students are doing well in all four areas. The scores show that combining a strong curriculum with bright and well-motivated students creates a winning combination.”

Wheeling Jesuit University’s Psychology Department credits student research for helping their students score so well. Every psychology student must complete at least three independent studies. Many are also involved with directed research, internships or thesis projects in addition to research conducted as part of class. “This recognition is a validation of the emphasis our president, Rev. George Lundy, S.J., has placed on student research” Hull said. “He believes that student research can help a student understand and develop within a particular discipline as well as contribute to the community.”

“The psychology department has become one of the leading departments at WJU in its commitment to student research, a commitment that requires an investment of faculty time and departmental resources,” said Dr. Julianne Maher, senior vice president for academic and student affairs. “These test results demonstrate the success both of their commitment and Father Lundy’s leadership on this issue.”

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