2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Statistics Skills Preferred by Counseling Graduate Programs
Abigail M. Nehrkorn*, Gail I. Harmata, Clare Fielding, Jeffrey V. Leafblad, and David M. Schultz
Dr. David B. Conner and Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentors

Adequate knowledge of statistical analyses and software obtained during undergraduate education is essential to succeed in counseling graduate programs. The current study is in the process of electronically surveying approximately 622 programs, as obtained from CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), to determine desired statistical skills, familiarity of statistical software packages, and current preparedness of incoming counseling graduate students. Data is currently being gathered to obtain results. As was found from a previous study, which looked at psychology graduate programs and statistical skills, the incoming students were only partially prepared to meet the program's statistical demands. As technology and budget issues lead to changes in teaching methods about statistical analysis, it is somewhat difficult to know what graduate programs expect of their incoming students. However, undergraduate student familiarity of statistical software packages seems to be increasingly more important for achieving readiness to attend most graduate programs.

Keywords: statistics software, statistical skills, graduate programs, survey, statistical analyses, graduate school preparation, counseling graduate school, undergraduate statistics

Topic(s):Counseling
Statistics

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 107-2
Location: MG 1000
Time: 8:15

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