ERIC Number: ED197049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Services Offered by Career Planning and Placement Offices throughout the United States.
Bryant, B. J.; And Others
A study of college placement offices was conducted to determine types of student services, staffing patterns, computer use, and strengths and weaknesses. The survey was limited to the 226 placement offices that returned the questionnaire. From the data gathered in the study, the following conclusions can be drawn: (1) most placement offices are centralized; (2) major services provided are resume assistance, letters of reference, alumni placement, job search strategy, career planning, and interview training; (3) placement staffs are small; (4) less than half of the placement offices use computers; (5) strengths of placement offices are personal contact, good working relationships in college, and outstanding staff; and (6) weaknesses are lack of staff, funds, and space. Based on the conclusions of this study, the following recommendations are made: colleges should invest more money and personnel resources in their placement offices; placement offices should evaluate their services against a standard of excellence; placement offices should use computers, develop their major strengths, and develop more communication with their institutions and students. A continuing study of placement offices also is recommended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for School, College, and University Staffing, Madison, WI.