Rudy Jackson, Jr.

Dr. Rudy Jackson, Jr.

Director of Co-curricular Assessment

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Biography

Dr. Rudy Jackson Jr. received his doctoral degree in school psychology from Lehigh University and is founder and president of College Prep Professionals. He has an extensive education background, having served as a counselor, psychologist, college professor, director of academic learning, coordinator of pre-college programs and member of college scholarship and admissions committees.

As assistant dean of Strategic Initiatives and Assessment at Vanderbilt University, Jackson created and managed four division-wide systems of support for assessment, program review, data reporting and professional development. Learning and student development theory, high-impact educational practices (LEAP), CAS standards, and instructional design best practices were used to inform program reviews and divisional priorities for all 19 departments within the division of Student Affairs.

As a member of Davidson College's Department of Education, Jackson trained and advised the next generation of secondary school teachers from 2000-2006. As a practitioner, Jackson has developed college preparation programs for middle and high school students through mentoring programs, after school programs, summer programs and pre-college programs for the last 18 years. More than 1,000 adolescents have participated in these programs in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Maryland. Legislative bodies and organizations such as the Virginia General Assembly, National Black Caucus of State Legislators and Council for Exceptional Children have called upon Jackson’s knowledge and experience. Public school districts (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Arlington Public School, Richmond Public Schools, Dallas Independent School District) and youth-serving agencies (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Communities in School, Urban League, 100 Black Men of America) have also partnered with Jackson to motivate, educate and prepare their students for college.

Education

  • Doctorate – school psychology – Lehigh University
  • Master's – school psychology – James Madison University
  • Bachelor's – psychology – Randolph-Macon College

Academic Interests

  • Assessment of curricular and  co-curricular learning
  • High-impact educational practices
  • Graduation, persistence and retention
  • Cultural competence