ERIC Number: ED271713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A University-Wide Survey of Students' Needs for Counseling.
Volk, Mary K.; And Others
There is a substantial literature covering efforts by college counseling centers over the past 20 years to identify problems faced by students and their needs for counseling services on campus. A study was conducted which surveyed a representative sample drawn from the general student population of a large university, across the undergraduate, professional, and graduate colleges. Students (N=629) completed a 68-item survey of academic, career, personal, and interpersonal concerns. Students were asked to rate the intensity of problems they were experiencing and to report their preferences for counseling service formats, their knowledge of counseling services available on campus, and their satisfaction with any of the counseling center's services they had used. A second form of the questionnaire was administered to faculty, staff, administrators, and campus ministry workers to determine their perceptions of student concerns. The results revealed that student respondents as a group rated career-related and financial items highest, followed by academic/study skill items. Generally speaking, higher concern levels were associated with certain student groups: females, lower-grade-point-average students, minority ethnic group members, and undergraduate students. Academic and personal concern categories showed the most group differences, followed by career, and then relationship concerns. The four nonstudent groups surveyed accurately rated career items highest, but tended to overestimate the level of student concerns across all items. A four-page list of references and five data tables are appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).