Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Emmett Burkeen, Carl Kreisler, Dewayne Mitchell

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


Thirty-one selected church-related colleges with an average enrollment of fewer than 2000 students were surveyed regarding the status of their counseling service programs. The areas covered in the survey included the following: (1) a description of the counseling situation in each college; (2) the academic and professional background of the counselor; (3) the extent of the counselor's teaching responsibilities; (4) the adequacy of the counseling and clerical staff; (5) the role of the clergy-counselor; (6) the support accorded the counseling services; (7) the scope of counseling services rendered; (8) recommendations of the counselors regarding counseling services; and (9) the counselor's actual daily functions as compared with his ideal daily functions.

The survey revealed that more of the colleges surveyed had formally organized counseling services and were staffed with more professionally qualified personnel than the review of literature would indicate. It was also revealed that counselors felt too much of their time was devoted to teaching, testing and housing advisement and not enough to such areas as career counseling, group guidance and seminars.

Counselors' recommendations included the need for redefinition of the role of counselor, education of the faculty regarding counseling services, better utilization of community resources, and a redistribution of duties to include more time available for actual counseling services.


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