Graduate Programs in Counseling & Psychology Evaluation Results

2020-2021 Annual Report

Summary of Program Evaluation Results

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.

Temporary Modifications

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.

Ongoing Program Modifications

  • Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling Concentration: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program added a Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (MCFC) Concentration as an option for students pursuing the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This new concentration is available to students beginning in the fall 2020 semester, with new courses specific to the MCFC concentration being offered for the first time in 2022.
  • Transition to Partially Hybrid Programs: The Graduate Counseling Programs are in the process of transitioning from fully face-to-face to partially hybrid programs. This change shifts the delivery method for eight courses from fully face-to-face to 50 percent online. A new course sequence began in the fall 2020 semester, with hybrid versions of existing courses beginning in the fall 2021 semester. This change serves the needs of students who work full-time while also addressing the need to shorten the length of time required to complete the program without requiring students to travel to campus more frequently.

Program Outcome Data for 2020-2021

Performance MetricsClinical Mental Health Counseling ProgramSchool Counseling Program
Total # of Graduates (2020-2021)156
Pass Rate on Licensure Exam (2020-2021) 100%100%
Job Placement Rate (2020-2021) 100%*83%**
Completion in Expected Timeframe (rate for students who began in 2017)82%86%
Overall Graduation Rate (rate for students who began in 2017)88%86%***
Completion in Expected Timeframe (based on average for students beginning the program between 2008-2017)78%71%
Overall Graduation Rate (based on average for students beginning the program between 2008-2017)83%84%
*This number reflects that 14 graduates obtained employment in the clinical mental health counseling field.  One graduate chose employment in a related field.
**This number reflects that 5 of 6 graduates obtained employment as professional school counselors.  One graduate has postponed job search for personal reasons.
**This number reflects that 6 of 7 students who began the SC Program in 2017 graduated on time.  One student is on track to graduate in December of 2021.  At that point, the overall graduation rate for this cohort will be 100%.

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.