ERIC Number: EJ852721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Assessing the Impact of Student Counseling Service Centres at Tertiary Education Institutions: How Should It Be Approached?
Morrison, J. M.; Brand, H. J.; Cilliers, C. D.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v20 n5 p655-678 2006
This article conceptually addresses the issue of assessing the impact of student counselling and development services in higher education institutions. It deviates from recent approaches which primarily examine the impact of selected interventions on specific indicators. In this article the question is asked whether the capacity to deliver the services can be justified to the institution. In times when higher education institutions face declining revenues, and when increasing demands are placed on education institutions to demonstrate accountability in the use of public funds, it is not enough to know that past counselling interventions have resulted in positive impacts. The institution needs to know whether the ongoing investment makes financial sense. This article, therefore, focuses on counselling services holistically as a strategic partner of the institution, and argues that their function should mainly be to support the institution in accomplishing its strategic purpose and in satisfying key strategic stakeholders. What is needed is a forward-looking role definition linked to a set of strategic impact and performance indicators as a basis for assessment. Such an approach opens up a way to view benefits not only in traditional accounting terms such as cost savings, but also as the social benefits and value-adding that takes place within the bigger strategic picture. (Contains 1 note.)
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Higher Education, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Counseling Psychology, Strategic Planning, Counseling Objectives, Cost Effectiveness, Input Output Analysis, Program Evaluation, Counselor Role, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa