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ERIC Number: ED289536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Counseling Functions: Perceptions Survey. Michigan Community/Junior Colleges.
Montesi, Sue; Sullivan, Judy
All community and junior colleges in Michigan were invited to participate in a survey whose primary function was to assess current perceptions of counseling functions at Michigan community and junior colleges. Full-time counselors, faculty, and administrators were requested to express their opinions on the importance and quality of 10 counseling functions performed by the counseling staff at their respective institutions. In addition, participants were asked to compare counselors to other employee groups on their campus in relation to certain job conditions. Finally, respondents indicated their perception of the overall image of counseling on campus. Study findings, based on an analysis of 1,507 completed questionnaires representing 23 institutions, included the following: (1) 75% of the responding colleges had centralized counseling centers; (2) all three groups surveyed shared the same perception of what constituted the top three counseling functions; i.e., academic advising, orientation and registration, and career counseling; (3) only one-third of the counselors thought academic advising should receive more priority than it presently had, while half of the administrators and two-thirds of the faculty believed it should have higher priority; (4) over two-thirds of both the administrators and faculty believed recruiting and marketing should have higher priority; (5) all three groups were in agreement that "administrative functions,""teaching," and "responsibilities to college" were the least important functions; (6) 42% of the faculty and 43% of the administrators felt the number of counselors on their campuses was too low; and (7) the overall image of counseling services on the 23 campuses was generally perceived as adequate. The survey instrument is appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A