Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Institutional Collaboration and Oversight


Q:        Who is The Chicago School of Professional Psychology?

A:        Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit graduate psychology school committed to providing students with the highest level of professional psychology education to prepare them for lifelong careers in the fields of psychology and related behavioral sciences.

TCSPP is a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Q:        Who is Xavier University of Louisiana?

A:        Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) is a highly respected nonprofit institution of higher learning serving more than 3,000 students at its location in New Orleans, Louisiana. XULA is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also the nation’s only Roman Catholic and Historically Black College or University and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a Doctor of Pharmacy.

Q:        What is the relationship between The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Xavier University of Louisiana?

A:        TCSPP and XULA have entered into an agreement whereby TCSPP will offer its Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program curriculum on XULA’s Campus. The program curriculum, faculty and all other academic matters will be provided, managed and maintained by TCSPP. XULA hosts the TCSPP program on its outstanding New Orleans campus, and provides all classrooms, program offices, and other support services, including library services and most services XULA offers its own students. All students in the Program will also have full access to TCSPP’s online library and student services, such as financial aid, careers services, etc.

Q.        Who provides oversight for the Clinical Psy.D. Program on Xavier’s Campus?

A:        The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) owns and provides oversight for the curriculum for the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program at XULA. All faculty members, as well as certain administrators, will be employed by TCSPP. Students who successfully complete this program will earn a degree from The Chicago School.

The Chicago School is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana to offer the program. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.

The program is currently seeking approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Q:        What student support services will be provided?

A:        Clinical Psychology students will have access to a wide array of support services originating from both The Chicago School and from XULA.  Students will be provided with opportunities for professional skill development through Career Services, options for international travel and study, a chance to present original research at the TCSPP Graduate Research Forum, and engagement opportunities through student groups and societies.  Students will be eligible to use free campus-wide internet service, purchase low-cost campus parking, and enjoy meals at XULA’s dining facilities. Access to the on-campus student health service and counseling center will also be provided.  Clinical Psychology students will have the opportunity to engage with campus activities including free cultural events organized by the university’s various centers and departments. If desired, students will also have access to all campus spiritual activities.

With regard to academic support, students will be served by TCSPP’s National Center for Academic and Dissertation Excellence (NCADE). NCADE provides virtual access to tutors and for dissertation preparation, research methodologists, and Dissertation Writing Experts. A one-time NCADE fee of $625 is assessed upon enrollment in the program. Students are also eligible to receive academic support services provided by XULA including tutoring in academic writing, peer mentoring opportunities, and remediation in Algebra and pre-calculus.

Students will have access to all of TCSPP’s virtual Library Services and full in-person and online library privileges at XULA’s library and, by reciprocity, at Tulane and Loyola University’s libraries as well.