Use of Paraprofessionals

Spring
2001
Resolution Number: 
08.01
Category: 
Counseling
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, There have been numerous reports of paraprofessionals acting in counseling roles, and such paraprofessionals do not meet the state minimum qualifications for the faculty counseling discipline;

Whereas, Paraprofessionals may give incorrect information and advice to students regarding college programs, services, and transfer;

Whereas, Paraprofessionals lack the appropriate education, training, and expertise to help meet students' needs in career preparation, transitioning to four-year institutions, and attaining personal and social education goals, yet are assigned the responsibility to develop student educational plans; and

Whereas, The cost savings and the current controversy over the 50% Law has made it attractive for administrators to hire paraprofessionals in place of counselors;


Resolved, That the Academic Senate reaffirm the principles in its adopted papers The Role of Counselors in California Community Colleges and Standards and Practices for California Community Colleges;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate work with the Chancellor's Office to gather information on the use of paraprofessionals in counseling departments in California community colleges; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate move into Title 5 Regulations via the consultation process the standards and principles in the papers The Role of Counselors in California Community Colleges and Standards and Practices for California Community Colleges.

Summary: 
Gather information on the use of paraprofessionals in counseling departments in California community colleges. Move into Title 5 Regulations via the consultation process the standards and principles in the papers The Role of Counselors in California Community Colleges and Standards and Practices for California Community Colleges.
Recommendation: 
Review existing publications, including papers and Rostrum articles, to assess if this issue has been sufficiently addressed. Will then determine if Title 5 change warranted and/or appropriate.
Status Report: 

The use of counseling paraprofessionals was a major focus of 09-10 CLFIC activities including: 1. an April 2010 Rostrum article entitled "When Are Counseling Paraprofessionals Appropriate? 2. SP10 8.01 "Commitment to Established Principles and Guidelines Regarding Use of Paraprofessionals". 09-10 committee also performed a review of Title 5 sections in which role of counselor or "advisor" was mentioned. 10-11 CLFIC continued the work of the 09-10 committee by authoring a resolution, "Title 5 Change to Clarify the Role of Advisors and Paraprofessionals in Counseling" that was passed at Spring 2011 plenary.