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End of Year 2001-2002

The Faculty of the Counseling Department set the following goals for the 2001-2002 academic year.  For each goal, the end-of-the-year status is reported.

1. A "Caring Community" 

The department believes that we have many qualities of a caring community. However, we have never developed a concrete and specific goal that is designed to help us facilitate our efforts in this regard. We are committed to the enhancement of our caring community - this includes our caring for each other, our students, and others who are outside of the department. 

The department has made a concerted effort to maintain a caring community.  The beginning of each faculty meeting starts with "caring and sharing" time.  The purpose of which is to stay connected to each other on a personal level.  It was in the "caring" community time that the faculty developed a departmental response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  The faculty decided to devote the first minutes of each class meeting for the next week to discussing students' personal responses to the horrific event.  It was important that the faculty reach out to students in this caring way and also to model a "counselor" response to these tragic events. 

The faculty caring community also reached out to the Monroeville students (the students had expressed a concern that they were not connected to the department).  The response to this concern was that faculty attended a student forum held at the Monroeville center.  The forum was well attended by the Monroeville students, an estimated 60 percent of the students came to the event.

2. Departmental Review;  Complete the department's five year self-study and the subsequent follow-up action plan. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Nadene L'Amoreaux, the department's five year review is nearing completion. The report has been submitted to administration and external reviewers have been selected.  The external site reviewers were on campus June 5-6 and met with administration, faculty, and students.  The department received the external site reviewer's report and developed an action plan to respond to issues raised by the review at the Summer 2002 department retreat held on June 14th.

3. Student Review and Enrollment Management 

The department will implement a comprehensive student review process that will help in the department's enrollment management process (see Goal 4).
Drs. Fontaine and Dandeneau developed a process to quantify the student review and a series of template letters to be used in the review process were developed. In conjunction with Bobbie Douglass, the departmental secretary, a database was developed to maintain all student review data. On December 7th, a 1/2 day faculty retreat was devoted to reviewing each individual student.  Upon completion of the faculty review, each student was sent a letter to notify them of the progress in the program. 

This review process will be conducted each Fall semester.  In the Spring Semester, the faculty will not do a total student review, but only identify those students who are in need of corrective feedback.

4. Enrollment and Resource Management 

     4a: The department will engage in an evaluation process which will include assessment of the enrollment issues that surround sound enrollment management. In particular, the department will analyze the existing data with
respect to matriculation, retention, and program completion. This analysis 
will be used to review the admission process including re-visiting and defining the "quality" standards for admission, the frequency of admission, the  management of students' enrollment to ensure class availability, minority student enrollment, and overall marketing and recruiting plans. 

Due to time constraints, the department was unable to conduct an extensive data analysis of the student enrollment and admission patterns.  However, an informal analysis was done and minor adjustments to the admission process have been made.  It should be noted that the Spring 2002 admission process generated the highest number of acceptable applicants to date.  A record number of prospective students were invited to the admissions workshop - final selection resulted in a 65% admission rate and an overall UGPA of the entrants of 3.5.

          Goal 4b: The department will examine the feasibility of operating the Monroeville program with the existing departmental staffing and the non-yielding APSCUF implementation of the 1978 MacGuire Memorandum with respect to temporary faculty. In order to operate the program the department confirms that there needs to be an addition of 2.5 FTEs. The timeline, intensity, and duration of the goal are contingent on the approval of the Provost to add the additional FTEs. 

 With the approval of the Provost, an additional 2.5 FTEs were allocated to the department to support the Monroeville program.  Two temporary faculty were appointed to full-time positions and a search for the .5 permanent faculty was   completed and Dr. Joe Utay was hired in June.

Goal 5 - Curriculum Review 

          Goal 5a: Respond to the need for Field Experience for the MA degree to be moved to a 600 hour experience. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Fontaine, the department has submitted a curriculum revision for the field experience.  The change does not mandate a 600 hour experience, it simply allows students the option to complete a 600 hour experience. 

Relatedly, Dr. Dandeneau has been in contact with the State Licensing Board to get confirmation as to when the 600 hour standards for licensure go into effect and if a five year window exists for this requirement for licensure.  The Board has not finalized these regulations and will not do so until early fall 2002.  Dr. Dandeneau will say abreast of developments and work with the faculty once decisions are made by the Board. 

           Goal 5b: Review the four course clinical sequence in light of the implementation of Goal 2. 

The results of the five year review will assist in this analysis.  If necessary, curriculum changes will be added to the department's action plan. 

            Goal 5c: Engage in a comprehensive review of all departmental syllabi and explore ways to connect and integrate learning across all courses. Upon completion of the review, modify course syllabi to reflect the integrated learning experiences and incorporate a general portfolio plan that includes assignments from several core courses.  As a result of the review process, develop consistent standards for our practicum courses to ensure uniformity of student experiences across instructors. 

The results of the five year review will assist in this analysis.  If necessary, curriculum changes will be added to the department's action plan.  Portfolio development is occurring in conjunction with Goal 10.  

Goal 6 - In-Service and Professional Development Outreach

The department will actively work to implement a series of workshops (credit and non-credit) designed to facilitate a response to the growing need of counseling professionals for CEU's and/or credits to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 standards or PA licensure
standards. The department will seek to re-active it's status as a provider of CEU's for the National Board for Certified Counselors. 

Under the leadership of Dr. John McCarthy, the department has sponsored  two non-credit workshops for professionals. One was held in the Fall at Community College of Allegheny County, entitled Impact Therapy with Dr. Ed Jacobs.  The other was held in the Spring at the Monroeville Professional Center.  This workshop was entitled, Wellness for Counselors.  A Fall 2002 workshop, Play Therapy, has been planned.  All workshops are offered at a reduced price for IUP site supervisors, IUP alumni, and current IUP students.  Dr. McCarthy has also re-activated the department's provider status with the NBCC and we can now offer CEU's for NCCs. 

The department wishes to acknowledge the fine work of Kyle Campbell in the School of Continuing Education.  Her work to provide the logistical assistance to the department's continuing education efforts have greatly attributed to our success.   

Goal 7 - Enhancement of the Monroeville Program 

This goal is contingent on the attainment of Goal 4b. If we are able to secure the additional resources to continue the on-going operation of the
Monroeville program, we will then seek to enhance and improve: 1.) the
working relationship with the new Director of Off-Campus Studies; 2.) the
clinical facilities available at the site; 3.) the policies with respect practicum and internship; 4.) the departmental interaction/interface with
the Monroeville students. 

With the approval to hire 2.5 additional FTEs to support the Monroeville program, movement toward this goal was able to begin. 

1.)  Paula Sandusky, Director of Office Campus Programs agreed to meet monthly with Drs. Witchel and Dandeneau.  The meetings have been instrumental in developing an improved working relationship with Continuing Education.  Issues are addressed and responded to in a timely fashion. 

2.) Discussion to address the clinical classroom needs for the Center have begun with Ms. Sandusky.  Further discussions will need to be held with the Dean of Continuing Education. 

3.) Dr. Rishel has begun the process of creating a directory potential practicum and field sites in the Pittsburgh/Monroeville areas.  Additionally, Dr. Witchel has developed a handbook for field experience in Monroeville. 

4.)  The department has agreed to have bi-annual forums with the
Monroeville students to hear and address student issues and concerns.

Goal 8 - Clinical Space

We will develop a process to coordinate the usage of the clinical space that includes collaboration with the Educational Psychology department. Additionally, we will explore with the help of the COE-ET Dean's Office and the Graduate School and Research the possibility of obtaining external/internal monies for the development of the departmental clinical space. 

Drs. Guth and Dandeneau have assessed the feasibility of totally upgrading the clinical facilities from analog to digitized technology.  They have identified the hardware of IRIS technologies that will at the department to create a prototype clinical training facility.  They are in the process of authoring a proposal that will be sent to various foundations to solicit the funds necessary ($100,000) to update clinical facilities and digitize clinical training. 

Goal 9 - Partnerships 

We have recognized that the department needs to develop stronger community partnerships with both local schools and agencies. The department is committed to exploring and developing these relationships. The partnerships that currently exist are those with our current field sites.  Progress towards this goal has been limited.  It is recommended that this goal be more specifically defined so that a better action plan can be made to achieve success. 

Goal 10 - PDE/NCATE Review 

We will work in conjunction with Associate Dean John Johnson in the support of the College's efforts to prepare for both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education upcoming reviews. 

Drs. L'Amoreaux and Fontaine have been working with Mr. Johnson's office to assist in the NCATE/PDE preparations.  To date, course syllabi have been updated to reflect PDE standards, a template for electronic portfolios has been developed and will be implemented in the Fall, a PDE instructional matrix has been completed, and a final "report" is being written to address PDE review questions.

Goal 11 - Advisory Board 

Maintaining an energized and meaningful connection to our alumni is important to the  department. We will work to enhance our utilization of our alumni to support and improve departmental curriculum and facilitate the department's ability to, not only maintain the status quo, but to challenge the department to "think outside the box" and be on the cutting edge of counselor training and preparation. 

The Advisory Board held two annual meetings.  Drs. Guth and Fontaine facilitated the planning process for each meeting.  At the Fall meeting, the Advisory Board was engaged in activities related to the department five year review.  Their assistance in being a focus group and also reviewing the curriculum was highly valuable.  During the Spring meeting, the Advisory Board facilitated a "Career Day" for current students in the program.  They provided a panel discussion on "What I would like in the counselor I hire" and conducted mock interviews, and did resume critiques.  Preliminary feedback from students indicated that the event was a huge success.

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