ERIC Number: ED253790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Accreditation Status, Credit Hours and Enrollments in Master's Degree Programs in Counseling, 1975-1982.
Barkley, William M.; Percy, Richard L.
Enrollments in counselor education programs have been declining in recent years. In order to examine the effect on declining enrollments of the recent trends toward professionalism for counselors, surveys were mailed to 100 randomly selected counselor education programs and to 10 additional programs randomly selected from programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP); usable data were obtained from 92 programs. The number of applications to Master's degree programs by Accreditation Status (Status), whether or not programs had increased their credit hour requirements since 1975 (Change), and years (1975-1982) were examined. Results showed that programs which were either accredited or had applied for accreditation received significantly more applications, and programs that increased their credit hours had significantly fewer applications than those that did not. Partial correlations for 1976-1982 using the number of applications in 1975 and the number of full time faculty equivalents (FTE's) as control variables resulted in no significant correlations for Status or Change with applications even though all zero order correlations had been significant. Trends over years were tested for each level of Status. The results for Accredited/Applied programs approached significance (p=.06). The actual number of credit hours required generated significant zero order correlations with applications, but when FTE's and applications in 1975 were partialed out there were no significant relationships. No relationships were found for new enrollments. (The study questionnaire is included.) (Author/BH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984). Best copy available.