Support for Online Counseling Services

Spring
2008
Resolution Number: 
08.01
Category: 
Counseling
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is the organization whose primary function is to make recommendations with respect to academic and professional matters as defined in Title 5 53200;

Whereas, Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success are among the policy development and implementation matters embedded in academic and professional matters;

Whereas, Counseling faculty play an integral part in facilitating student preparation and success by providing appropriate and necessary programs and services, and one of the critical responsibilities of the counselor is to support student success in the areas of self-assessment, decision-making, and goal implementation; and

Whereas, Any California community college which has an online instructional program is mandated by the accreditation standards to provide appropriate services to students engaged in online services, including counseling and coursework;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges inform local senates of the accreditation standards that relate to student services for distance education programs in order to facilitate the development and implementation of viable online counseling programs and services designed, led, and facilitated by counseling faculty;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges provide professional development activities related to online counseling services and develop written documents describing effective practices for the provision of online student services in the California community colleges; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support establishing a lower student-to-counselor online ratio, as with many online course student-to-instructor ratios, in order to facilitate effective and adequate development and delivery of a labor intensive counseling model. MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Summary: 
Provide professional development activities related to online counseling services and develop written documents describing effective practices for the provision of online student services; support establishing a lower student-to-counselor online ratio, in order to facilitate effective and adequate development and delivery of a labor intensive counseling model.
Recommendation: 
Focus on this paper should begin once Library Standards & Practices paper draft complete.
Status Report: 

ASCCC Exec reviewed an outline of the paper and 09-10 CLFIC chair was working with the Region 8 Online Counseling Consortium to prepare a first full draft. Update 6/25/2015: The 2012 paper on the Role of Counseling Faculty in the CCC Addresses this issue regarding online counseling services.