ERIC Number: ED374358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Role and Function of New Jersey Community College Counselors: What Is and What Should Be.
Drakulich, J. Scott
A study of community college counselors was conducted to determine what they actually do at work and what they think their professional responsibilities should be. Professional activities listed in the questionnaire included personal concerns, counseling, academic advising, scheduling classes, and financial aid counseling. To study outcome and process goals, 89 counselors at 15 New Jersey community colleges completed the Community College Counselors Goals Inventory. The categories on this inventory are grouped into general counseling goals, specific counseling goals, counseling qualifications, counseling approaches, and employment conditions and recognition. The weekly median number of clients seen was 30, and the median amount of time spent with each client was 30 minutes. Analysis of the results indicates that counselors spend (using mean percent): 19% of their time on individual academic advising; 18% on administrative work; 14% on personal concerns counseling; 10% on educational counseling; and 10% on career counseling. Overall, counselors would prefer to do less individual advising, administrative work, and transfer counseling, and focus more on personal concerns counseling and group counseling. There was a high degree of consistency in the importance of counselors possessing a Master's degree, adhering to professional ethical standards, advising all new students, and conducting counseling sessions in a private, confidential setting. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Community Coll. Counselors Association.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey