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David Schmid * Jennifer Wagstaff

Table 1
Most Common Counseling Course Topics in Student Affairs Graduate Programs
Course topics
Practicum/practice/skills/techniques

35

Career counseling/development

29

Counseling theory/theories

28

Multicultural/cross-cultural/diverse populations

21

Group counseling

16

A specific course for student affairs/student services

14

paring the syllabi for each of the courses, as
did Reynolds and Altabef (2015), if the course
title accurately describes the content, then this
analysis suggests a wide variance even in what
programs offer.

Survey Response and Demographics
Of the 117 individuals who received the survey,
38 responded, yielding a response rate of
32.5%. While not all individuals completed
every open-ended question, all respondents
completed the skills importance question. Seventeen of the respondents worked at campuses
where they required entry-level professionals
to have a master's degree, and 21 did not. Table
2 presents survey response demographics regarding campus size, and Table 3 shows the
respondents' campus type. The most variance
in the survey demographics was the number
of entry-level housing professionals and their
campuses prior to their current positions.
The prior campus experience could have been
during their graduate program, but since not
all individuals possessed a master's degree, it
could also have been the school at which they
were previously employed. The range was
between one entry-level housing professional

80

# of courses

per campus up to 17, with the average being
6.21 and 3 being the most common response,
as shared by 9 participants. A large variance
was also demonstrated in the campuses where
entry-level professionals were prior to their
position. While only 26 individuals responded
to this question, their responses offered more
than 50 higher education institutions from
where their entry-level professionals came.
Geographically, these range from California
and Washington on the West Coast, down
south to Texas, in the far southeast to Georgia
and North Carolina, and to Connecticut and
New York in the northeast. While there were
many individuals from Midwestern institutions, this demonstrates why it was appropriate to view NASPA programs as a whole and
compare entry-level housing professionals in
just one region. One additional demographic
was that of the SHOs surveyed; more than 55%
of them did not require their staff to have a
master's degree to work as an entry-level professional. This echoed Wilson's (2008) report
stating that 58% of entry-level staff members
have only a bachelor's degree (p. 5).

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