ERIC Number: ED166466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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Utilizing Professional Counseling Services to Reduce the Dropout Rate in Postsecondary Vocational Technical Education. Final Report.
Lieblong, Burl W.; McLendon, Don
A project was designed to identify student needs contributing to high vocational technical school dropout rates and to develop strategies for effective rate reduction. Project staff objectives were to (1) identify problems impeding potential dropouts from training success, (2) alleviate potential dropouts' critical needs, (3) implement meaningful training experiences in identifying, solving, and referring critical needs, and (4) reduce overall dropout rate by 40%. All objectives were realized to some extent; however, the dropout rate was reduced by only 35%. At three vocational technical schools arrangements were made for students to be seen on campus by professional counselors. During the project's first two years, approximately 207 self-, instructor-, or administrator-referred students were seen in confidential consultations. Program responses by instructors and students were considered positive. The instructional staff received a six-week training program to assist them in recognizing educational/emotional problems. Through the counseling staff's preenrollment form, a number of educational (e.g., poor educational background) and personal (e.g., financial problems) needs were identified as impeding students' occupational training success. Counseling and instructional staff members initiated an overall learning assessment and specific training program. Surveys were used to determine student awareness of counseling services, staff effectiveness, student consumer views, and instructor awareness of counseling services. (CSS)
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Educational Problems, Emotional Problems, Inservice Teacher Education, Postsecondary Education, Potential Dropouts, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Student Problems, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Crowley's Ridge Vocational Technical School, Forrest City, AR.; Clinical Associates, Wynne, AR.