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End of Year 2005-2006

 Goal 1 – Focus on Support and Encouragement

This year’s them – The Giant Redwoods – “We will stand together … support one another… encourage one another… we will become stronger together, and like the giant redwoods, we will keep growing taller.

We will use this theme to assist the department and the faculty maintain a sense of connectedness and unity as we adapt to departmental losses, and college and university changes.  We have also assigned each temporary faculty member with a faculty mentor.  This mentor will help with logistics and also help us with the oversight of NCATE standards.

This goal has been actualized in our weekly faculty meetings.  We begin each meeting with two items we call “thanks” and “way to go.”   We use the “thanks” time to offer appreciation for one another, the staff, our students, and other key constituents.  We use the “way to go” time to highlight our own and other’s successes.  This sharing is also used to identify items for inclusion in the IUP Reporter or the Departmental Newsletter.

The mentoring of temporary faculty was also successful.  In fact, they all included the summative assignment on their syllabi and all summative data was subsequently entered into the KARS system.

Goal 2 – Enrollment and Scheduling

Goals 2a – Enrollment

We have a commitment from management to staff the third cohort of the MED in Monroeville with a start date of Fall 2006.  This would add an additional 25-27 students, each taking 6 credits per semester (150-162 credit hours per semester and 450 -486 credit hours per year).  This growth is possible only if a new and bigger Monroeville site is operational at that time.  Dr. McCarthy represent the department on the University wide committee for the acquisition of a new Monroeville site and hi is tracking its progress and championing the needs of the department.  If space is available, Dr. Witchel will lead the recruiting efforts.

Using the additional complement from replacing Dr. Fontaine, we will offer an additional elective in the spring.  Our intent will be to offer a 3 credit course with a target enrollment of 20 students (enhancing our productivity by 60 credit hours).

We are recruiting for the 3rd cohort.  Dr. Witchel, working in collaboration with Ms. Paula Sandusky have held three Open Houses.  Early admission candidates have applied and 4 outstanding candidates were offered early admissions, 5 were out on the “waitlist” and will be held active until they can be compared with the July 7th candidates, and 1 person was denied.  Also, there are approximately 20 applicants pending and 6 in departmental review.  The overall cohort size that will be admitted has been reduced to help the department meets the CACREP standard of 10:1 faculty to student ratio.  We will now be adding 15-17 students (each taking 6 credits per semester (90 -102 credit hours per semester and 270 – 306 credit hours per year).

The recovered complement was used for COUN 681 – Current Issues in Counseling.  The final enrollment was 13 – so the additional credit hours generated were 39.  We missed the opportunity to add an additional section because we gained an .25 FTE by not hiring someone fulltime for the 2nd MEd cohort in Monroeville.  The new workload forms created by the Dean will assist us and help ensure that that doesn’t happen in the future. 

Goal 2b – Scheduling

We will continue to have three semesters planned.  Spring is completed and in early Fall we will be planning Summer 2006 and Fall 2007.

As a result of the CACREP self-study, we are in the process of totally revising our schedules.  An assessment of scheduling needs for practicum (individual and group) and cohorts is being undertaken.  A new tri-semester schedule is being developed and new course progressions are being developed for the new Monroeville cohorts.

Goal 3 - Curriculum

We will complete the Advanced Theory Course and the Creativity in Counseling Course and move them through the University Senate.  We will start an Addictions Counseling course through the curriculum process.

The theory course, COUN 737: Advance Counseling Theory, is in review with the UWGC.  Dr. Witchel is working with Dr. LaPorte to address the concerns raised by the committee.  The Creativity in Counseling course is still in development.  COUN 674 – Addictions & Addictions Counseling was submitted to the Graduate Council and is currently in review.

We will set up a sub-committee to examine the clinical and sequence courses and also the specific requirements for each experience.

This has evolved into a CACREP issue and it being addressed as we complete our self-study.

We will announce the tri-semester schedule changes to all the campus students in a memo sent with the Fall Counselor Link

We did make changes to the Tri-Semester schedule and they were distributed to the students in the Fall.  Due to CACREP practicum enrollment needs, the tri-semester schedule is under review again.   Changes will need to be made to offer the practicum courses more frequently and as a result we will need to change the offerings of some of the other courses to accommodate the need for additional clinical sections.  We have set up at Tri-Semester schedule committee to address these issues.

We plan to expand our WEBCT usage for course delivery and possibly expand our on-line course offerings.  Drs. Utay, L’Amoreaux, Guth, and McCarthy have all expressed an interest in this initiative.

Expanded use of WebCT has not been extensive.  We have an additional initiate in on-line course delivery.  COUN 590, entitled Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings: Ethical and Legal Issues Refresher for School Counselors, is on the schedule for Summer.  To date (April 29th) there is no enrollment. 

We will continue to explore the possibility of a doctoral program.  The task group will continue examining critical issues including curriculum, finances, and APSCUF.

The original exploratory committee that was set-up to examine the issues surrounding a doctoral program was put on hold briefly after the death of Dr. Fontaine and pending the resolution of financial issues.  The committee has since been reconstituted and a comprehensive exploration of existing doctoral has been conducted.  Preliminary contact has been made with Dr. Myers to assist with curriculum development.  The Provost, via the Dean, has given the department authorization to proceed.   Financial issues will be addressed as they arise.

Goal 4 - In-Service and Professional Development Outreach

Dr. McCarthy, the new official director of the Center for Counseling Training and Services, will begin offering these professional development activities through the newly acquired Center!   Basically, we will offer regional workshops for counseling professionals, internship supervisors, alumni, and students in both the Indiana and Pittsburgh areas and to begin the exploration of collaborative training and service projects with school districts and counseling agencies in Western Pennsylvania.  We will insure that the efforts of the Center are widely publicized.

The Center for Counselor Training and Services (CCTS).  Had a banner year.  The annual school counselors’ professional development day was an outstanding success.  There was over 105 school counselors in attendance and the Spring workshop has over 110+ registrants.

Goal 5 - Enhancement of the Monroeville Program

We will strive to maintain a good working relationship with Paula Sandusky, the Director of Marketing, Recruiting, and Off-Campus Programs of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

We have maintained our excellent working relationship with  Paula Sandusky, the Director of Marketing, Recruiting, and Off-Campus Programs of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

We will be actively involved in the acquisition of a new site for Monroeville.  Dr. McCarthy will represent the department on the University-wide committee and report progress back to the department.  If a new site is acquired, we will host an open house alumni gathering.

Dr. McCarthy has represented the department on the University wide committee.  Penn Center East has been chosen as a new site for the IUP off-campus programs. The site is under construction and the scheduled move in data is May 30, 2006.  All of our summer classes will meet in the new facility.

We will appoint a “point person” to serve as field placement coordinator for Monroeville.

The faculty decided that having one field coordinator for both campuses works best.  Dr. Utay has agreed to serve as internship coordinator.

Goal 6 - Clinical Space 

We plan to add to our campus and Monroeville facilities.  We have allocated $3,420 for additional cameras and connections to faculty offices for the campus facilities.  Plus, $1,625 for five new chairs of the campus clinical rooms) Also, we have $5,200 for four learning stations (camera/tripod, VCR/DVD combo, and Monitor) for the new Monroeville site – these funds will be “held” until site plans have been finalized.

The clinical needs for Monroeville were assessed and it was determined that the clinical training facility there needed to be comparable to the one in Indiana.  The total costs of the facility would be approximately $100,000.  Drs. Guth, Witchel, and Dandeneau submitted a Technology Fee Proposal to fund $80,000 of the need and the other funds may come from certification funds.

Due to the limited space on the Landros, we will utilize a committee made up of all the instructors for clinical classes, both children and adolescents/adults courses, for a semester and those faculty interesting in conducting research using the DCTF) to make decisions regarding usage.  It is hoped that a policy for usage will evolve from this committee.

Due to the changes noted above, Lloyd Onyett, agreed that the original funds could be repositioned to complete the wiring of the new faculty offices, complete all drop-downs in faculty offices, and add two Landros to the campus DCTF. 

Dr. Dandeneau and the coordinator of the DCTF will work with the Dean to get funding to acquire 5 additional ($25,000) Landros for the campus facilities and 10 ($50,000) Landros for the new Monroeville site.

See above.

Goal 7 - PDE/NCATE Review

Since we are in the final stages of preparation for NCATE, our goal is to respond to all requests for new/additional items in a timely fashion.

We met all of our NCATE goals.

Dr. Witchel’s new graduate assistant will be taking on the role of portfolio training.  CESA has requested that additional trainings be conducted in Fall 2006.  We will conduct 1-2 trainings this academic year.  Faculty teaching the introductory courses will introduce the portfolio and faculty in Field will review portfolios.

Faculty in the introductory classes, COUN 621 and COUN 610, are now teaching the portfolio process in their classes and all on-going students have been trained.  The department has moved to a non-web based portfolio.  It is still electronic, but instead of a web page it is a hyper-linker word document.

Goal 8 - Advisory Board 

The department remains committed to actively engaging the Board.  We will work closely with them to implement the changes that we recommended last year.  We will also ask them to review the newsletter and get their feedback for adding a contributions checklist for specific items needed by the department.  The department has chosen not to celebrate our 40th anniversary, instead we will celebrate the department’s 50th department anniversary.

The Fall meeting of the Advisory Board was postponed and we were not able to proceed with the review of the Newsletter.  An electronic distribution list was set up for Board communication and they were also added to the Alumni Listserv..  The Counselor Education Student Association and the Advisory Board co-sponsored the bi-annual Career Day.  A panel of four Board members discussed the hiring process and gave interview tips for graduating students.  They also provide mock interviews and reviewed resumes of the 15+ students in attendance.

Goal 9 – Middle States Accreditation

In keeping with the University’s accreditation process, the department will work to achieve the goals as set by the Middle States Committees. The department will respond to Middle States requests as they are presented to the department.

We did not have any Middle States task requests.

Goal 11 – Faculty Professional Development

We have recommitted to the goal of enhancing each other’s professional development.  We have agreed to use the first 45 minutes (12:15pm – 1:00pm) of one faculty meeting per month for professional development.

We did have several professional development experiences this year.  We had four 45 minute trainings ranging from crisis response to helping clients deal with trauma.

Goal 12 – Expansion of the Monroeville Program to include a School Counseling Masters

The expansion of the Monroeville program will continue.  In the Summer of 2006, we will admit the third MED cohort for Fall 2006. With the admission of this cohort, we will have three cohorts, of the MA and MEd, operational at any given time.  The projected expansion for the 3rd MEd cohort is possible only if a new and bigger Monroeville site is operational at the time.  Dr. McCarthy represents the department of the University wide committee for the acquisition of a new Monroeville site and he is tracking its progress and championing the needs of the department.  There is a need to insure that the technology and supervision capabilities available to students and professors on campus be made available to students at the Monroeville site.

We are recruiting for the 3rd cohort.  Dr. Witchel, working in collaboration with Ms. Paula Sandusky, has held three Open Houses.  Early admission candidates have applied and four outstanding candidates were offered early admissions on April 28th, five were put on the “waitlist” and will be held active until they can be compared with the July 7th candidates, and 1 person was denied.  Also, there are approximately 20 applicants pending and 6 in departmental review.  The overall cohort size that will be admitted has been reduced to help the department meets the CACREP standard of 10:1 faculty to student ratio.  We will now be adding 15-17 students (each taking 6 credits per semester (90 -102 credit hours per semester and 270 – 306 credit hours per year).

The site and technology needs were address in Goals 2a and 6.

Goal 13 – Program Recognition-Public Relations

We will appoint an individual to spearhead the department’s PR efforts.  We will strive to have information in each issue of the IUP Reporter.  We also will strive to increase our presence at PCA and PSCA.  With the National ACES conference in Pittsburgh, we will also strive to have a presence there as well.

Dr. John McCarthy led our IUP reporter efforts.  Although we did not have an item in each issue, our frequency was very high! In some instances, he had submitted items but they were delayed for publishing.

We had a very visible presence at PSCA’s conference as one of our students won the annual scholarship and three faculty presented workshops.  We were also visible at PCA’s conference; we had three faculty present there as well.  Also, Dr. Moore serves as the Membership committee chair and Dr. L’Amoreaux is the elected secretary/treasure for the Pennsylvania Association of Counselor Education & Supervision (PACES).  Three faculty presented at ACES in Pittsburgh and the search committee utilized ACES’ faculty position announcement and recruiting process to connect with possible candidates for our positions.

Goal 14 – Faculty Searches

With the resignation of Dr. Rishel, the addition of the 2nd and 3rd MEd cohorts, and the probable loss of Dr. Fontaine.  We will have the need to conduct 3-4 searches (3 without the 3rd MEd cohort and 4 with the 3rd MEd cohort.  Authorizations for replacement faculty will be obtained.  A committee will be formed to establish the position descriptions and conduct the searches.  It is anticipated that the searches will conclude in early March.

Dr. McCarthy and Dandeneau co-chaired the departmental search committee for two faculty.  The search was successful and two candidates were hired to fill the advertised position.  They were Dr. Kim Desmond and Dr. Stacy Carone. However, the pool of finalist candidates was so strong that one additional person was hired, Ms. Michelle Bruno.  The department now has one FFTE left unfilled and that will be searched for in 2006-2007.

Goal 15 – Pursue CACREP Accreditation. 

We have agreed, and the Dean has concurred, that we should pursue CACREP accreditation for our programs.  A tentative timeline has been set to prepare the self-study in 2005-2006 with the intent of having the site visit in 2006-2007.  As logistical and financial issues related to accreditation arise Dr. Dandeneau will present to Dean Rafoth for action.

Movement on this goal has been aggressive and steady.  Dr. L’Amoreaux is leading the self-study efforts.  The faculty will be engaged this summer in an extensive curriculum review and both Dr. L’Amoreaux and McCarthy will be authoring the self-study report. 

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