Program Evaluation Report

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Master’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Outcomes, Evaluation, and Modifications

As of Spring 2017, 207 Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) students had degree plans on file with the Counseling Program. In academic year 2016-2017, 59 CMHC students graduated from the Program, and the Program completion rate was 97%. During this same time period, 100% of students who sat for the on-campus administration of the National Counselor Examination, the standardized examination required for Texas Licensure as a Professional Counselor, passed the exam, scoring approximately one standard deviation above the national mean in all areas. Of CMHC graduates who responded to follow-up surveys, 99% who wished to be employed were employed in counseling or a closely related field within six months of graduation.

During academic year 2016-2017, evaluation of the MS program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) in light of new educational requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas revealed a need for program modifications. As a result, the counseling faculty voted to modify the title, objectives, and content of two courses: COUN 5300 Systems, Leadership, and Ethical Program Development in CMHC and COUN 5490 Abnormal Behavior: Effects of Trauma and Crisis Intervention.

Master’s School Counseling Program Outcomes, Evaluation, and Modifications

As of Spring 2017, 13 School Counseling students had degree plans on file with the Counseling Program. During academic year 2016-2017, 3 School Counseling students graduated from the Program, and the Program completion rate was 100%. During this same time period, 100% of students who sat for the TExES-School Counselor, the examination required for Texas Certification as a School Counselor, passed the exam. Of School Counseling Program graduates who responded to follow-up surveys, 100% who wished to be employed were employed in counseling or a closely related field within six months of graduation.

During academic year 2016-2017, evaluation of the MS and MEd programs in School Counseling in light of the new 2016 CACREP standards revealed a need for program modifications. As a result, the counseling faculty voted (a) to add four 3-hour courses to increase the total degree requirement from 48 to 60 semester hours, (b) to require students seeking the MS to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination in addition to the 60 hours, and (c) to enable students to fulfill the educational requirement for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas with the addition of one more 3-hour course (COUN 5490) beyond the 60 hours. 

Doctoral Program Outcomes, Evaluation, and Modifications

As of Spring 2017, 37 doctoral students had degree plans on file with the Counseling Program. During academic year 2016-2017, 13 doctoral students graduated from the Program, and the Program completion rate was 90%. Of Doctoral Program graduates who responded to follow-up surveys, 100% who wished to be employed were employed in counseling or a closely related field within six months of graduation.

During academic year 2016-2017, evaluation of the PhD program revealed the faculty observation that doctoral student performance on the dissertation qualifying exam tended to be disjointed rather than integrated. Consequently, the counseling faculty voted to change the exam from writing a 15-page paper for each of four exam question categories (Theory, Teaching, Supervision, and Research) followed by completion of an oral exam to a Blended Internship, Portfolio, and Qualifying Exam (BIPQ). The BIPQ, organized into five areas corresponding to the five CACREP doctoral core areas (Counseling, Supervision, Teaching, Research & Scholarship, and Leadership & Advocacy), requires students to engage in a variety of activities culminating in case presentations; a written qualifying exam demonstrating integration of one’s counseling theory into one’s counseling, supervision, and teaching; and a final oral qualifying exam.

To read the Counseling Program's previous comprehensive evaluation reports, please see files: