Departmental Mission and Goals
Educating the next generation of scholars in the behavioral and psychological science.
The Mission of the Department of Psychology is consistent with the University's mission to serve a multiethnic and multiracial student body and to help ensure that the benefits of higher education are enjoyed by a broad segment of the population. Additionally, the Department of Psychology will provide a solid foundation and exceptional educational experience that emphasizes psychology as a scientific endeavor that seeks to understand behavior and mental processes in humans and animals and use the knowledge to make a difference in improving the human condition.
The Department of Psychology strives to achieve the following goals through its mission:
- Increase departmental graduation rates from 60% to 80% by 2012
- Increases the retention of departmental majors to 75% from sophmore year to graduation
- Increase the general participation of students in the department by increasing the numbers of students who are registered members of the Psychological Society and who are eligible for the Psi Chi national Honors Society
- Strengthen and diversify the curriculur offerings by an additional four new courses that address the employment needs and new disciplinary issues
- Increase and strengthen faculty research and faculty/student research interactions