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Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
Radford University Psy.D. Disclosure Information
1. Time to Completion
Time to completion must be presented in two ways:
- First, programs must provide the mean and the median number of years that students have taken to complete the program from the time of first matriculation. These data should be provided for all graduates in the past seven (7) years.
- Second, the program should provide the percentage of students completing the program in fewer than five years, five years, six years, seven years, and more than seven years. Where applicable, these measures should be provided separately for students who began the program as bachelor-level graduates and those who began with advanced standing (e.g., after having completed a separate master's program in psychology).
The Radford Psy.D. Program enrolled its first cohort of students in Fall 2008. The program only accepts students who already have a Master’s degree. Our goal is for students to complete their coursework, dissertation, and internship – and therefore graduate – within 4 years.
2. Program Costs
Programs are expected to make available the total costs per student for the current first year cohort. This information should include full-time student tuition, tuition per credit hour for part-time students, and any fees or costs required of students beyond tuition costs. For example, if a program requires students to travel to attend a mandatory component of the program, the estimated costs of this travel should be included as well. Programs may also provide information regarding current adjustments to tuition including, but not limited to: financial aid, grants, loans, tuition remission, assistantships, and fellowships. Even if program cost information is provided elsewhere on another university or other site, it must be provided in the doctoral program’s materials as well.
Radford University awards a number of graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships to qualified students who are in good academic standing. The University has committed assistantship funding and support for in-state tuition remission for students during the three years they are taking courses, as long as they make good progress through the Program, maintain good assistantship evaluations, and funds are available. A limited number of out-of-state waivers is available to help offset the costs for out-of-state students.
Programs are expected to provide data on students’ success in obtaining internships. The program is required to report for each of the past seven (7) years:
- The total number of students who sought or applied for internships
- The number and percent of total who obtained internships
- The number and percent of total who obtained paid internships
- The number and percent of total who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships
- The number and percent of total who obtained non-accredited, APPIC member internships
- The number and percent of total who obtained non-accredited, other membership organization internships (e.g., CAPIC) (if applicable)
- The number and percent of total who obtained non-accredited internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines (school psychology programs only) (if applicable)
- The number and percent of total who obtained two-year, half-time internships (if applicable)
NOTE: In calculating the percentages, the program must base these on the total number of students who sought or who applied for internship in each year.
As we noted above, our first cohort of students entered in Fall 2008, so the members of this first cohort applied in 2010-2011. We are pleased that all 3 who applied were matched in the first round of the process and all of them completed APA-accredited internships. The sites are listed below:
- Grand Valley State University, Counseling and Career Development Center
- Virginia Tech, Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center
- University of Washington, Counseling Center
All of these students accepted job offers before finishing their internships. Two are working in Southwest Virginia (at Stone Mountain Health Services and at the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute) and the other is employed at Frostburg State University Counseling Center.
We have collaborated with other groups to establish an internship consortium that has positions reserved for RU students (see the Practicum/Internship Page). So, we anticipate that at least 3 students per year will be guaranteed placements – 1 at the RU Student Counseling Services, 1 at Stone Mountain Health Services (providing integrated care at a Federally Qualified Health Center in far Southwest Virginia), and 1 in the Child and Family Services unit of New River Valley Community Services. The consortium is a member of APPIC and is applying to become APA accredited. The consortium hopes to be accredited by the 2013-2014 internship year.
Programs must report the number and percentage of students who have failed to complete the program once enrolled. These data should be calculated for each entering cohort by dividing the number of students in that cohort who have left the program for any reason by the total number of students initially enrolled in that same cohort. These data should be provided by cohort for all students who have left the program in the last seven (7) years or for all students who have left since the program became initially accredited, whichever time period is shorter. Programs are required to present this information in the following format:
Reporting of program licensure data is an expectation of the US Secretary of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity for program accreditors, including the APA Commission on Accreditation. As such, programs must report the number and percentage of program graduates who have become licensed psychologists within the preceding decade. In calculating the licensure percentage:
- The denominator number is the total number of program graduates in the past 10 years, minus the number who graduated in the past 2 years (i.e., the total number of graduates between 2 and 10 years ago).
- The numerator is the number of graduates who became licensed psychologists in that same 8 year period (i.e. between 2 and 10 years ago).
- The licensure percentage, then, is calculated by dividing the number of graduates who became licensed psychologists in the 8 year span from 2 to 10 years ago by the number of doctoral degrees awarded by the program over that same period. For example, the figures reported by a program for 2010 would be number of graduates from the program between 2000 and 2008 who have achieved licensure divided by the total number of students graduating from the program during that same 8-year period.
Program licensure rates MUST be updated at least every three years. Programs may clarify their licensure rate for the public in light of their training model and program goals and objectives.