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Psychologists join heads for main campus conference in March

Columbia College Psychology faculty members from the Day, Online, Evening and Nationwide Campuses met on the main campus in March to discuss this popular major. Topics ranged from psychology as a science, teaching statistics, academic and career advising in the classroom, writing in APA style and a review of Major Field Test (MFT) in psychology scores.

Psychology is the third most populated major at Columbia College, just behind general studies and business. The MFT tests are two-hour, nationally normed exams in 16 academic disciplines administered to more than 100,000 students in over 800 colleges in 2007 alone. The MFT tests, developed by the Educational Testing Service, are administered to seniors as part of Columbia College’s ongoing effort to evaluate the effectiveness of bachelor's degree programs.

How effective is Columbia College’s psychology instruction?

Elena Hartsell, who last year earned dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in business administration from the San Luis Obispo, Calif., campus, had the highest Columbia College MFT score in college history, scoring in the top 97 percentile in psychology and 194 of 200 in business, in the top 1 percentile of all students nationwide. Her GPA was a perfect 4.0., and she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

That’s effective, but Graham E. Higgs, chair of the department and associate professor of Psychology and Education, said there is always room for improvement and that was one of the purposes of the conference.

The Adult Higher Education Division of Columbia College regularly hosts these faculty integration conferences, in which instructors and professors of a particular division converge on the main campus to discuss matters of importance to their instruction. And since Day Campus faculty are responsible for developing the curriculum and master syllabi, consistency in instruction at all campus venues is critical.

The psychology faculty teaching at all Day, Evening, Nationwide and Online campuses are proud to be major contributors to the tradition of excellence that is Columbia College.