In December 2000, the Consultation Council reviewed and discussed a Consultation Digest prepared by the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC), which recommended that the Chancellor establish a Consultation Task Force to study the counselor-to-student ratio in California community colleges. At the time, the Chancellor declared the issue an academic and professional matter and charged the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges with convening the Task Force.
This paper asserts that there should be a set of universal standards of practice for all community college counseling programs, regardless of institutional or departmental size or fiscal constraints. These standards are set out in six areas:
This paper presents a background on counseling discipline issues, identifies the relationship between the mission of California Community Colleges and the counseling discipline, describes the qualifications, roles, and activities of counseling faculty and states the appropriate uses and limitations of paraprofessionals.