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									Psychology

Undergraduate Program
Goal

The BA and BS in the social and behavioral sciences, with a concentration in psychology,
are liberal arts degrees emphasizing the study of human behavior and mental processes.
Upon graduation, students pursue careers in the human services fields, unrelated fields, or
enter graduate programs in psychology or other professional disciplines. The program
also provides the educational foundations for entry into UHV’s MA program in Applied
Psychology.

Objectives
      To have a broad knowledge base and appreciation of the history and scope of
       psychology as a discipline;
      To think critically and to communicate effectively in the field;
      To be able to employ research and statistical methods effectively;
      To understand the ethical problems in psychology and the ethics codes of
       psychology;
      To increased psychological understanding of self, individual differences, and
       group differences.

Methods of Assessment

      Completion of the national normed ACAT psychology test will be required of all
       students prior to graduation. The test assesses the areas of abnormal,
       developmental, experimental design, history and systems, human
       learning/cognition, personality, physiological, and statistics.
      Every other year the alumni from the last three years will be surveyed. The survey
       will ask specific questions regarding objectives above.

Assessment Results

   Last Review 1998-1999
    ACAT exam                              x
    Alumni survey                          x

Use of Results

After collecting the assessment information, the core psychology faculty will write a
report to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences summarizing the results (including
strengths, and weakness), In addition, recommendations for improvement will be written
and a specific follow-up plan to address the recommendations will be drafted and
implemented.
Graduate Program
Goal

The purpose of the MA Psychology degree program is to provide students with a
well-rounded education in applies psychology. Satisfactory completion of the
degree program qualifies the student to take the state board exam of Psychological
associates (PA), and may include extra course work toward qualification for the
Licensed Professional Counselor’s (LPC) exam.

Objectives

The program follows the science-practitioner model of applied psychology. “The
graduates of this training model is capable of functioning as an investigation and as a
practitioner, and may function as either or both, consistent with the highest standards in
psychology… The model entails development of interlocking skills to foster a career-
long process of psychological investigation, assessment, and intervention” (Belar, CD. &
Perry, N.W. 1992 p.72). In keeping with the scientist-practitioner model of applied
psychology, the M.A. Psychology degree program has the following objectives:

      Students are expected to understand and adhere to scientific and professional
       ethics and legal standards.
      Students are expected to understand and apply statistics, research design, and
       methodology.
      Students are expected to understand the biological, social, cognitive-affective, and
       individual bases of behavior.
      Students are expected to understand the statistics, methodology, and application
       of psychological measurement. The application will include proficiency in
       administering, scoring, and projective personality tests and other related
       psychological tests. Proficiency will also be expected in psychological report
       writing.
      Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in application of psychological
       interventions across the life-span of individual including those in clinical
       populations.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment of the success of the program in achieving the above objectives will taking
the following forms:

      Comprehensive exams taken will be examined for general patterns of strengths
       and weakness.
      Psychology State Board test scores will be obtained every year so that the pass
       rates of the professional exam and the jurisprudence exam may be determined.
      Every other year current students will be surveyed. The survey will ask specific
       questions regarding objectives above.
      Every other year alumni from the last three years will be surveyed. The survey
       will ask specific questions regarding objectives above.

Assessment Results

   Review 1998-1999
    Comprehensive exams                      x
    Psychology State Board test              x
    Student Survey                           x
    Alumni survey                            x

Use of Results

After collecting the assessment information, the core psychology faculty will write a
report to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences summarizing the results (including
strengths, and weakness), In addition, recommendations for improvement will be written
and a specific follow-up plan to address the recommendations will be drafted and
implemented.

								
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