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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 grant-related fellowships, 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.
Overall, we have a 97% internship match rate for students applying to the Match for the first year in which they are eligible. 100% of students in the past four years have matched at APA-accredited internship sites. The vast majority of students in the past few years have matched at their first or second ranked internship sites.
All of our alumni are currently employed. Typically, our students have accepted job offers before finishing their internships. Several of our alumni are working in Southwest Virginia at Stone Mountain Health Services, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Tri-Area Community Health Centers, and Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center. We have students working in integrated care settings, in hospitals, in community mental health, in college counseling centers, in Veteran Administration facilities, in a correctional facility, in private practice, and as a college assistant professor.
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.
The Psy D in Counseling Psychology program at Radford University is designed so that students meet the licensure requirements for the Commonwealth of Virginia upon graduation and successful completion of their internship. Information regarding how the interface of the program and the licensure requirements of other states is found here: https://www.radford.edu/content/online-programs/home/licensure-disclosure.html