ERIC Number: ED213475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Counseling Centers at Public Community Colleges in New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona.
Henry, Philip N.
A study of the counseling centers of public community colleges in the Southwest was conducted to determine the characteristics and duties of counseling personnel, the types of services provided, and counselors' perceptions of students' most prevalent concerns. All community colleges in Arizona (N=15) and Nevada (N=4) and six institutions in New Mexico were selected for the study; 18 colleges responded to the study survey. The survey revealed that: (1) the counseling centers employed a total of 103 professional personnel, of whom 10% held doctoral degrees, 6.7% were part-time employees, and 55% were males; (2) overall, counselor staff spent 64% of their time counseling, 13.6% teaching, 3.4% in workshop activities, and 15.6% in administrative duties; (3) all respondents indicated they offered academic, vocational, and transfer counseling, and all but one offered personal counseling; (4) academic concerns were perceived to be students' most prevalent concerns, followed by vocational problems, the tendency to drop out, interpersonal concerns, and financial worries; (5) no pattern was evidenced in tactics used to acquaint students with available services; (6) only five respondents engaged in client follow-up; and (7) career planning, academic counseling, and counseling of disadvantaged and mature students emerged as the three areas recommended for prospective community college counselors to study. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (Southwest)