Along N. 13th, Page 4 – Albright College

Along N. 13th, Page 4

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Albright was one of only 223 national liberal arts colleges ranked as a top national liberal arts college in 2020 by U.S. News and World Report!

Albright Graduates Earn High ROI

New economic research using data from the expanded College Scorecard shows that Albright College’s 40-year return on investment (ROI) ranks in the top 17 percent of more than 4,500 institutions across the country. Even after paying off debt, Albright College graduates reap a long-term net economic gain of $951,000, outpacing the median earnings of all 4,529 private, public and for-profit institutions included in the study.

Private vs. public graduate earnings at 40 years:
Albright College = $951,000
Private colleges median = $838,000
Public colleges median = $765,000
For-profit colleges median = $551,000

“Metacognition and self-awareness are universal skills that everyone can practice.” – Justin Couchman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Self-awareness Key to Decisiveness

As part of an international collaboration, Associate Professor of Psychology Justin Couchman, Ph.D., and alumnus John Vasko ’15, now a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Wyoming, have published a study exploring confidence about taking exams within different cultures. The study brought together psychology researchers in the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus, in addition to the United States.

The study’s findings suggest that test performance is higher for self-aware students, and that self-awareness can be improved with relatively simple techniques. Far removed from exams, Couchman points out that developing self-awareness can also help people confidently make important life decisions.

“Metacognition and self-awareness are universal skills that everyone can practice,” says Couchman.

T Rex

T-Rex Bite Could Crush a Car

Although a Tyrannosaurus rex could bite hard enough to shatter the bones of its prey, paleontologists were baffled by how it accomplished this feat without breaking its own skull. But a new study via scientists at the University of Missouri, led by Albright College biology faculty member Ian Cost, Ph.D., shows that the T. Rex’s skull was much stiffer than the snakes and birds to which it was previously compared. And its bite delivered up to six tons of pressure — enough to have crushed a car.

Featured in National Geographic, Cost’s findings could help to advance human and animal medicine by providing better models of how joints and ligaments interact.