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ERIC Number: ED081421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec-28
Pages: 5
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Paraprofessionals in Washington Community Colleges.
Anderson, Robert A., Jr.
Results of a survey of 23 community colleges in Washington State in regard to the use of potential use of paraprofessionals in the area of guidance and counseling are provided. Of these colleges, 6 were using paraprofessionals, 1 was planning to add two, 11 planned to add paraprofessionals "when their budget allowed," and 5 reported no plans for including paraprofessionals. The functions assigned to paraprofessionals currently on staff were varied; these included information giving, scheduling/advising, receptionist, data-control test coordination, administration and scoring, admissions, distribution of occupational-educational information, and a number of other duties. Contractual arrangements for the six institutions that had paraprofessionals varied. The educational preparation of the paraprofessionals ranged from a currently enrolled student to one who had completed a Master's Degree in higher education and counseling. In a similar survey of 23 Deans of Instruction of community colleges, there were significantly more paraprofessionals reported to be performing functions in the instructional programs, ranging from a high of 23 in the system to 1. It appeared that a majority of the paraprofessional positions were held by work-study students or students hired through some type of institutional fund. Common definitions for paraprofessionals presently exist that may be used as guidelines for community colleges. Four models for identifying the role of the paraprofessional, as advanced by Dr. Jane Matson, are provided. (DB)
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Identifiers - Location: Washington