ERIC Number: ED207463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Student Life and the Task of Counseling in Colleges and Universities in the 1980s. Research Report No. 17-80.
Magoon, Thomas M.
Several topics confronting college counseling and student affairs personnel in the 1980s are presented, including: (1) recent collegiate trends focusing on students, institutions, and their student services; (2) counseling centers' place in higher education; (3) different models of college counseling centers; (4) trends in college counseling services; and (5) challenges for college counselors. Among the trends discussed are the increasing numbers of "returning," minority group, disadvantaged, international, and disabled students. Implications for curricula and institutional policies are noted. It is observed that more specialized services for the heterogeneous student body have been created and that older, established services may have been modified or even abolished. The role of counseling centers within institutions is shown to be a function of administrative stability and authority, the relationship with the student personnel administrator, and the center's own goals. Models of counseling centers described include those with educational-educational, emotional-social, or educational skills caseloads. Trends in counseling service activities indicate more severe presenting problems, more services for returning students, more vocational/career counseling, etc. Challenges are summarized in terms of concern for consumers, the problem of becoming habituated, the problem of vocational counseling, and implications for counseling of student development concepts. Recommendations are provided for senior interviews (pre-graduation) and for learning about students' hierarchy of help-givers. (LB)
Descriptors: Counselors, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Models, Reentry Students, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Trend Analysis
University of Maryland, Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Counseling Center, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.
Identifiers: University of Maryland College Park
Note: Paper presented at the Counseling Seminar, Japan Association of Student Counseling (Tokyo, Japan, November 1980).