September 13, 2017 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: operations, coaching, trends and predictions, surveys, benchmarks, nace insights
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
When it comes to career coaching and counseling, coaching is the primary focus regarding the career development of students and the professional development among career services staff, according to results of NACE’s 2016-17 Career Services Benchmark Report for Colleges and Universities.
Respondents to the benchmark survey used the following definitions to identify the current and future focus of their career services department and staff:
Overall, 81 percent of respondents report that career coaching is their primary focus of career development interaction with students, and 80 percent note that coaching is the top focus of professional development of career services staff. (See Figures 1 and 2.) This likely reflects the fact that career coaching and career counseling require different credentials.
In addition, career coaching remains the future focus among career services operations, with an expected growth of approximately 5 percent. (See Figure 3.)
Respondents also indicated that professional titles among career services staff are mainly aligned with the coaching focus. (See Figure 4.)
Data were collected for the 2016-17 Career Services Benchmark Survey Report for Colleges and Universities from September 30, 2016, to January 20, 2017, from NACE member institutions; there were 705 respondents, representing 35.3 percent of all eligible respondents. An executive summary of the 2016-17 Career Services Benchmark Report for Colleges and Universities is available on NACEWeb. Participating members can access the full report through MyNACE.
Figure 1: Primary Focus of Career Development Interaction With Students, by Carnegie Classification
Figure 2: Professional Development of Career Services Staff, by Carnegie Classification
Figure 3: Future Focus of Career Services Operations, by Carnegie Classification
Figure 4: Career Services Professional Titles Alignment, by Carnegie Classification
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students per professional staff member
Median number of FTE professional staff
Median number of FTE overall staff
Percent of career centers reporting cuts to personnel budget
Percent of career centers reporting cuts to non-personnel budget
Percent of career centers using third-party provider to collect student outcomes
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