Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Interested in Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Speech and Language Pathology?

Miami University (Ohio) will be offering three online courses during the 2014-15 academic year that may be of interest to students who wish to pursue a degree in Speech and Language Pathology.  These courses, Language Development, Aural Rehabilitation, and Phonetics, are often prerequisite courses for Master’s programs in speech-language pathology for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in the field.  Interested students can get more information by contacting Dr. Susan Brehm at (513) 529-2553 or spa@MiamiOH.edu.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ashland University Ranked as Top Best Value College

Ashland University has been ranked as a Top Best Value College by the Educate To Career’s ETC College Rankings Index, an outcome based college rankings index for the real world.

Educate To Career Inc. (ETC), a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, announced the release of its rankings index on July 1 and Ashland University was ranked as the 156th best value college out of 1,222 U.S. colleges.  “The crisis in higher education is not one of people not getting educated,” said Michael R. Havis, president and founder of Educate To Career. “It is one in which a student’s education is not tracking to jobs or careers relevant to their degree -- for 50 percent of recent college grads. Coupled with an extremely heavy debt-load that the majority of students incur, the impact upon our young people is both tragic and unconscionable.”  Havis said the ETC College Rankings Index was created to serve the students.

“Young people are entitled to reliable facts upon which to make informed decisions regarding college selection,” Havis said. “ETC is interested in real-world outcomes for college graduates – based on their majors and the colleges that they graduated from. Students looking for a quality education, in majors that lead to successful career outcomes, now have actionable information as provided by our ETC College Rankings Index.”  According to Havis, Educate To Career delivers on the promise of the College Scorecard with actual college outcomes data. “The Index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the over 1,200 colleges ranked within our system. We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to those similarly situated in other colleges,” he said.  The ETC College Rankings Index is found on the Educate To Career website at 
www.educatetocareer.org, along with Educate To Career’s other innovative college and career planning tools, including CareerBuddy, CollegeBuddy and SalaryBean.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Interested in Being a Tutor?

Cardinal Scholars is an in-home and online tutoring marketplace that gives exceptional tutors affiliated with universities the chance to be matched up with elementary, middle, and high school students in need of additional academic support.  This service is now being offered in the Ashland area and Cardinal Scholars seeks tutors who meet the following criteria:

Are fantastic teachers and have experience teaching others
Are academically curious and intelligent
Attend, or have attended AU as either an undergraduate or graduate student

By creating a profile you have the opportunity to be matched with a client if your services are requested!  If doesn't take long to apply and create a profile and be part of the Cardinal Scholars community.  If requested by a client, the benefits include (1) the freedom to set your own schedule, (2) competitive pay starting at $20/hour, and (3) getting to know great families from the community who will appreciate your help.

Coming on board as a tutor is not a guarantee of tutoring work, but offers the opportunity to be considered for an assignment.  Please go to http://www.cardinalscholars.com/apply.php to apply, and http://cardinalscholars.com to learn more about this company.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Psychology Majors Perform Well on National Exam

Congratulations to the psychology graduating class of 2014, who performed well on the PACAT exam they took before graduation.  This assessment, taken by all of our graduating seniors, tests students in six different areas of the curriculum (Abnormal, Developmental, Experimental Design, History & Systems, Personality, and Social), and our students are compared to other psychology majors from across the country taking the same exam.  This year, there were 5,710 students across the nation who took the assessment, and the group of Ashland University psychology students scored in the 74th percentile.  To have an overall group performance score that high is an outstanding achievement, and we congratulate them on their efforts! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the following students who recently graduated with a Psychology major from Ashland University!  This group of students includes six students who graduated with distinction, two Honors students#, one Ashbrook Scholar*, and five double-majors.  Well done!

*Lacie Bray-Akers,  BA in Psychology

Ben Bukovec, Cum Laude, BA in Psychology/Business Administration

Jacob Cook, BA in Psychology

#Sam Diemer, Summa Cum Laude, BS in Psychology/Criminal Justice

Katlyn Grayson, Cum Laude, BA in Psychology/Criminal Justice

Jonny Kleinhenz, BA in Psychology

Cory Lamar, BS in Biology/Psychology

Amanda Rae Martin, BA in Psychology

#Amanda Mosley, Summa Cum Laude, Gamma Alpha Kappa, BA in Psychology

Morgan Myers, BA in Psychology/Criminal Justice

Dylan Pelham, Magna Cum Laude,  BA in Psychology

Jacob Piatt, BS in Psychology

Shanna Valenti, Magna Cum Laude, BA in Psychology

Kourtney Yarnall, BA in Psychology/Religion

Monday, May 12, 2014

Graduate School Acceptance -- Cassie Mosley '13

Cassie Mosley (spring '13 graduate) was recently accepted into the Master's of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Findlay!  She will begin her studies this coming fall -- congratulations Cassie! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Thank you Dr. Moore and Dr. Petrill

The Psychology Department would like to thank Drs. Moore and Petrill for their many years of service to our department and the university.  A small reception was held on their behalf which was attended by students, faculty members, and administrators of the university.  We will miss their presence in the classroom!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AU Psychology Students Present Research in Chicago

Nine Ashland University students recently presented their research at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago from May 1-3.  The students who presented were Dylan Pelham, Lacie Bray-Akers, Courtney Galligher, Katlyn Grayson, Mary Moeller, Amanda Mayes, Nicole Austin, Hannah Neumeyer, and Shanna Valenti.  Congratulations!

Nicole, Katlyn, Amanda and 
Mary at the poster session

Courtney presents her 
project from PSYC310

Shanna and Dylan atop the observation
deck on the Sears Tower

Friday, May 2, 2014

Psi Chi Inducts New Members

The Ashland University chapter of Psi Chi, the honorary society of psychology, inducted new members on Wednesday, April 23.  New inductees included Beverly Paramore, Edie Henthorne, Emily Shrider, Janice Richards, Melissa Smith, Morgan Myers, Shelby Gaydosh, and Kassandra Krebs (not pictured).  Special thanks to Nicole Austin and Katlyn Grayson, Psi Chi officers, for presiding over the ceremony.  Congratulations!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Summary of Psychology Department Research for the Spring 2014 Semester

Psychology department faculty and students were busy in the research lab this semester, using Sona Systems to manage a total of 13 different studies involving 3 faculty members and 16 students.  Some students completed independent studies projects, others worked on honors theses, while yet others served as research assistants for faculty within the department.  There were 164 students enrolled in PSYC101 that served as research participants, earning a total of 1,110 research units over the course of the semester.  As one unit is defined as a procedure that takes 20 minutes to complete, this amounts to 370 continuous hours of data collection that took place over the spring 2014 semester.  Included among the 18 different studies were two online surveys that generated 6,174 individual data points. 
Additionally, the department gathered data using Amazon's Mechanical Turk (MTurk), which generated data from an 512 participants spread out in from across the country.  These participants provided an additional 8,420 data points.