2020-2021 Annual Report
Graduate faculty members reviewed evaluation data derived from the Annual Learning Assessment for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and the School Counseling Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Analysis of this data indicates that most students are performing successfully in all curricular areas. Based on students’ demonstration of mastery of content, the overall curricular design of the program will be maintained. Survey data collected from graduates, employers of graduates, and site supervisors matches the student learning outcome data collected throughout the year, suggesting that students are indeed mastering the objectives being measured. This supports the decision to maintain the overall curricular design of the program.
In addition to maintaining the current curriculum, program faculty members are working to refine the means by which student progress is measured. In CEDU 650 (Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling), the Ethical Case Study Analysis assignment is under review for possible revisions. In CEDU 645 (Career Development: Theory and Practice), the Career Development Program assignment is being modified to allow for greater focus on collaboration with peers about the content of each step throughout the process. While students were ultimately able to perform successfully in their practicum and internship settings, faculty members continue to see a need for additional practice of counseling skills prior to practicum.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Counseling Programs offered all courses online for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additional temporary changes were made to some assignments and policies in order to protect the safety and well-being of students and faculty. In person class meetings will resume in fall 2021. well-being of students and faculty. These modifications will remain in place until it is safe to resume in person class meetings.
Based on those students who reported on their post-graduation employment, Gardner-Webb graduates are taking positions in private practices, agencies, therapeutic residential programs, schools, departments of corrections, positions with individuals Based on those students who reported on their post-graduation employment, Gardner-Webb graduates are taking positions in private practices, agencies, psychiatric in-patient facilities, schools, hospice and palliative care, and substance treatment facilities. In addition to the data reported above on the job placement rate of 2020-2021 graduates, responses from a survey of graduates who completed one of our counseling programs between 2018 and 2021 indicated that 100% of graduates who sought employment in the field of counseling were currently employed in the counseling field.