Students skills in each competency are measured according to 7 criteria Fails

Students skills in each competency are measured

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Students’ skills in each competency are measured according to 7 criteria: Fails Standard (1-2), Needs Improvement (3-4), Meets Standard (5-6), and Exceeds Standard (7). The evaluation tool also includes a qualitative assessment in which supervisors provide comments regarding students’ areas of strength, areas in need of further development, and a plan for development or remediation. All M.S. in Counseling students are assessed using the Counselor Trainee Evaluation between 6-8 times during their graduate program, beginning in their first practicum/fieldwork experience through their last semester (either sixth or seventh semester). This year, Competency 6: Human Diversity/Cultural Sensitivity was the focus of assessment for all three specializations. The Career Counseling graduate students met the standard (Score = 5-6) at all assessment points except for one group during the Spring 2014 semester which scored 4.9 (the high end of Needs Improvement). The Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students met the standard at all assessment points except for one group during the Fall 2013 semester and one group during the Spring 2014 semester, which both exceeded the standard (Score = 7). The School Counseling graduate students met the standard at all assessment points. The Student Exit Survey is administered to students in all three specializations during their last semester in the program. The Student Exit Survey is conducted using Class Climate, and students’ responses are anonymous. Data collected in the survey includes students’ perceptions about their training in a variety of skills/areas, as well as student-faculty relations. Students rate each item using a 7-point Likert Scale (1= very inadequate training; 7 = excellent training). This year, the area of training focused on for assessment was Area 8.8: Counseling Diverse Populations. Students in all specializations rated their training in Area 8.8 from 5.83 to 6.33, indicating that they perceived their training to be adequate to very good. The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) developed and administers the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), which is currently used by more than 260 graduate schools as a culminating experience requirement. The CPCE consists of 160 questions and assesses students’ knowledge in the eight core content areas established by the NBCC and CACREP: Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Foundations, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Career and Lifestyle Development, Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation, and Professional Orientation and Ethics. The exam includes 20 questions in each of the eight content areas; however, 3 of the 20 questions for each area are experimental. Therefore, the highest score for each section is 17. Students complete the CPCE as their culminating degree requirement during their last semester in the program.
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