Date of Award

1972

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Education

First Advisor

W. Preston Gleason

First Committee Member

Madeline Bunning

Second Committee Member

Helmut H. Reimer

Third Committee Member

Edward [?]

Fourth Committee Member

William [?}

Abstract

It was the purpose of this research project to develop a method which could be used by college and university personnel to obtain students' perceptions of and convictions concerning advising programs on their campuses. Included in the procedure was a demonstration of how it can be determined where the greatest needs are and whether or not there are any significant differences in the perceptions of, or expressed needs for, counseling and advising by different categories of students within the school. For this demonstration, seven different categories of students to be tested were chosen from the student: population and hypotheses about these groups were constructed.

An important basic assumption for this study is that most small colleges and universities have counseling and advising programs that are enough alike to readily adapt the method used in this study for their use. Because it was developed for and tested on a campus of less than 5,000 students, it is not claimed that this procedure is useable on campuses of larger enrollment.

First, a questionnaire was constructed and administered and tested, and the results were analyzed and reported to the University; after a lapse of two years the questionnaire was revised and re-tested, The main body of this study is an interpretation and a comparative analysis of the results of the two questionnaires. The analysis consists primarily of a comparison of the various groups of students over the two year period. The chi square test of statistical significance was used to determine differences and likenesses.

The findings of the study are briefly as follows: With respect to the two-fold purpose of this project as stated above, claims can be made that the project has been successful. Administrators should be able to determine by using the data where the strengths and weaknesses of their programs are. With respect to the hypotheses, despite evidence in the literature to lead the researcher to expect something else, not one hypothesis was wholly supported by, the data. Brieffly stated, the findings of the hypothese are as follows: (1.) Men do not indicate less need for counseling and advising than do women, (2) Professional school students do not indicate any less need for counseling and advising than do liberal arts school students, ( 3) Upper classmen do not indicate any less need for counseling and advising than do lower classmen, (4) Upper G.P.A. students do not indicate any less need for counseling and advising than do lower G .P .A. students, (5) Students living on campus do not indicate any less need for counseling and advising than do students living off campus, (6) Students who come from academically-oriented families do not indicate less need for counseling and advising than do students from non-academically oriented families, and (7) Students who have had what they considered to be helpful high school counseling do not indicate more need for counseling and advising than do students who have not had good counseling.

Pages

260

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