ERIC Number: ED172849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Academic Advisement: The In-Service Training of Faculty to Function as Academic Counselors.
Kapraun, E. Daniel; Coldren, Doris W.
At the Fayette Campus of Pennsylvania State University (which offers the first two years of baccalaureate education), volunteering faculty members are selected to serve as academic counselors during freshmen orientation on the basis of their student-orientation, motivation, realistic perspective on counseling objectives, and their willingness to be innovative and adaptive. An intensive two-day Counselors' Orientation Conference is conducted prior to freshman orientation to provide faculty with the basic information required to respond to freshman questions and to develop and refine their academic counseling skills. The training of faculty as academic counselors for freshman orientation is expected to enhance year-round instructional and academic advising. Information disseminated at the conference includes an overview of campus services and facilities, a review of the academic structure, and a summary of student data which includes scholastic preparation and grade expectancies. Through the use of slide-tape presentations and group interaction, faculty members learn how to interpret student test profiles, prepare and evaluate counseling interviews, and assist with appropriate course placement. Core faculty who have served as academic counselors use their acquired information and skills to train other faculty advisors. On-going evaluation of the program is being conducted, and will contribute to an in-depth analysis of the program. (DR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Freshmen, Counseling Objectives, Counselor Qualifications, Counselor Selection, Counselor Training, Educational Counseling, Faculty Advisers, Faculty Development, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Descriptions, School Orientation, Teacher Workshops, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., Uniontown. Fayette Campus.