Narrative Report: Graduate Outcomes

Beginning in Academic Year 2014-2015 the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) requires that accredited departments make available to the public an annual report of Graduate Outcomes. We are proud to do so. We are pleased to share with students and potential students “healthy numbers” which we celebrate and believe bode well for career development in the profession of counseling and in student affairs in higher education. Questions should be directed to Drs. Whitman and Kraus.

I. Shippensburg University offers CACREP-accredited Masters-level counselor training programs in School Counseling (M.Ed.), Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.), College Counseling (M.S.), and College Student Personnel (M.S.). We currently have 168 students enrolled in our programs. Over the past calendar year, there were a total of 37 students who graduated from our programs: 8 in School Counseling, 11 in Student Affairs and College Counseling, and 18 in Clinical Mental Health counseling. During this time span, 22 students took the National Counselor Exam (NCE), of which 18 passed—an 82% pass rate. All of our school counseling students took and passed the Professional School Counselor PRAXIS examination, which is required for school counselor certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our department also assessed its student learning outcomes with the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), which revealed that our students’ learning outcomes met or exceeded our top peer benchmark—other CACREP-accredited counselor training programs—for each of the last three years.

II. Employment outcome data indicates that 95% of students who graduated from the College Student Personnel and College Counseling programs secured positions in higher education within one year of graduation; despite budget shortfalls and generally sluggish economic conditions in central Pennsylvania that has had significant impact on public education, 90% of students who graduated from the School Counseling program found school counseling or related counseling positions within one year of graduation; and 95% of students who graduated from the Clinical Mental Health program found counseling or counseling-related positions within one year of graduation. Of the graduates who were not employed within one year of their graduation from one of our degree programs, individuals stopped seeking employment to fulfill family and parenting obligations, chose to continue their educations, relocated to other areas, or chose to work in other capacities.

(posted to 09/14/2015)