Systematic Program Evaluation - Descriptions of Program Modification Report

During academic year 2013 – 2014, the Department of Counseling received approval from Hampton University's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, to launch a hybrid model program for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. This PhD program will be launched primarily online with required residencies in May of each year in conjunction with the School of Nursing's PhD program. This program will share courses with the Department of Counseling's Education Specialist program and the School of Nursing's PhD program. The Department of Counseling conducted the first admission process in January 2014 and held the first residency in May 2014. The program will begin in August 2014 with the beginning of the fall semester.

During the Spring Faculty Institute (May 2014), the Department of Counseling conducted a systematic evaluation of the program. A review was conducted of all programs, curricular offerings, and characteristics of new program applicants. Also, the Department of Counseling reviewed the formal follow-up studies of program graduates, a formal study of site supervisors and program graduate employers, student learning and performance on professional identity, professional practice, and program area standards. As a result of these reviews, the following program modifications will be implemented:

  1. Increase the Student Affairs and School Counseling programs to 60 semester hours from the current 54 hours to meet projected CACREP changes in policies.
  2. Implement an independent study course in Fall 2014 for newly admitted PhD students to aid in their formalization of a dissertation topic. A review of this course effectiveness will be conducted in January 2015.
  3. Implement a basic counseling program consisting of 31 semester hours of established courses for a general counseling degree for employment as a Qualified Mental Health Provider in Virginia.
  4. During required program orientation meetings, emphasize the need to increase graduate and graduate employers return of surveys of the program offerings.

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