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ERIC Number: ED300739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Pages: 9
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The Emerging Role of Community College Counseling.
Pulliams, Preston
The changing characteristics of students attending community colleges and the decline in financial support for community colleges have redefined the role of counseling in the community college. In the 1950s and 1960s, counselors served an "in loco parentis" role, providing personal counseling, vocational guidance, and social support for the traditional community college student population. In the 1970s and 1980s, ethnic minorities, older women, part-time students, and displaced workers began enrolling in community colleges. To meet the needs of these new students, community colleges are reinstating testing and placement, dismissal and probation policies, general education requirements, and select admissions programs. The emerging role of counseling involves helping students to complete their academic objectives; the reduction of student attrition is a priority. Counselors must perform the roles of student developers and learning agents. As student developers, counselors must communicate to students the importance of skill building and other academic requirements and help them understand the value of their academic endeavors. As learning agents, counselors must assist, manage, and encourage students to build a pattern of success. Crucial characteristics that community college counselors need to be successful include a strong sense of professional mission, rapport, and empathy. Community college counselors must serve as student advocates and promote strategies for increasing minority student retention. The increase in nontraditional students coupled with a decrease in resources forces counselors to take more cost effective approaches to their counseling. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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