ORCA General Poster Session

Title

Finding a Balance Between Exploratory and Preparatory Services

Presenter Information

Megan GullettFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

Major

Postsecondary Education

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Ben Littlepage, Ed.D.

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program offering tuition subsidies to eligible state high school graduates that pursue an associate's degrees at one of the participating institutions. The program has inadvertently resulted in fewer traditional-aged students beginning their collegiate journey at four-year colleges and universities. Functional units like career counseling have seen the impact of Promise shift service demands from exploratory- to employment preparatory-centered, as the needs of junior-level transfer students differ from those of traditional-aged freshmen. The presenters conducted a multi-site case study to explore how Career Counseling administrators at three private liberal arts and four public-assisted, regional universities responded to the need for structural change, as defined by Buller (2014) and Kezar (2013), framed through the delivery of career counseling services. Attendees will learn the latest information about the free tuition movement throughout the United States, including Tennessee Promise. Attendees will learn how the career counseling needs of transfer students differ from those of traditional-aged students, and how those differences implicate practice at four-year institutions. Attendees will learn how career services can be utilized as a recruitment and retention strategy for transfer students. The attendees will discuss how colleges and universities can collaborate with career counseling to better serve the occupational needs of transfer students in college and beyond.

Spring Scholars Week 2018 Event

General Poster Session

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Finding a Balance Between Exploratory and Preparatory Services

The Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program offering tuition subsidies to eligible state high school graduates that pursue an associate's degrees at one of the participating institutions. The program has inadvertently resulted in fewer traditional-aged students beginning their collegiate journey at four-year colleges and universities. Functional units like career counseling have seen the impact of Promise shift service demands from exploratory- to employment preparatory-centered, as the needs of junior-level transfer students differ from those of traditional-aged freshmen. The presenters conducted a multi-site case study to explore how Career Counseling administrators at three private liberal arts and four public-assisted, regional universities responded to the need for structural change, as defined by Buller (2014) and Kezar (2013), framed through the delivery of career counseling services. Attendees will learn the latest information about the free tuition movement throughout the United States, including Tennessee Promise. Attendees will learn how the career counseling needs of transfer students differ from those of traditional-aged students, and how those differences implicate practice at four-year institutions. Attendees will learn how career services can be utilized as a recruitment and retention strategy for transfer students. The attendees will discuss how colleges and universities can collaborate with career counseling to better serve the occupational needs of transfer students in college and beyond.