ERIC Number: ED156305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development Needs Assessment Report of a Survey of Southern California Community College Counselors.
Grafton, Clive L.; Boland, Paul A.
During December 1977, 56 community college counselors, representing 21 institutions and attending the annual Counselor's Day program sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC) Office of Admissions, participated in a survey on their professional development needs. Of respondents, 31 were men and and 25 women; 46 held master's degrees and 9 doctorates. Approximately 57% had been in community colleges less than six years and held counseling positions for six years or less. In addition to counselor characteristics, the survey instrument elicited information on the most acceptable approaches to professional development, counselors' rankings of counseling and college course areas by importance to personal professional development needs, what development areas should be included in a possible "certificate" program; and additional course and program topics of interest. Results indicated counselors were particularly interested in short-term courses, weekend seminars, and degree programs to improve their competencies and provide needed information in areas such as vocational development, nontraditional students, counseling, student development, and evaluation techniques. Most counselors said they would select USC for professional development needs because of its curriculum, program, prestige, and faculty, but would be deterred largely by cost and distance from their campuses. (Author/TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles.