Board Interprets 2009 Standards

Standard I.M states, For any calendar year, the number of credit hours delivered by noncore faculty must not exceed the number of credit hours delivered by core faculty.

When doctoral students are being used to teach in the program, the instructor of record who is listed will determine how Standard I.M is met.  For example, if the instructor of record is a core faculty member, but the course is being taught by a doctoral student working under the supervision of the core faculty member, then the course instructor of record could be counted toward meeting the 51% criteria.

However, if the doctoral student is listed as the instructor of record, then the doctoral student would need to be counted as adjunct faculty.  Furthermore, if the doctoral student is a doctoral student working under a core faculty member, then the core faculty member is considered the instructor of record and the course would be counted toward meeting the 51% requirement.

Standard I.Y states that the academic unit may employ noncore faculty(e.g., adjunct, affiliate, clinical) who support the mission, goals, and curriculum of the program and meet the following requirements:

3.  Identify with the counseling profession through memberships in professional organizations, appropriate certifications, and/or licenses pertinent to the profession.

The Board agreed that this standard (I.Y.3) should not apply to an affiliate faculty member from another discipline.  In other words, a full time faculty member in another department would be exempt from meeting I.Y.3, but a part-time or adjunct working in the counseling program would need to meet it.  Furthermore, programs should be providing a rationale for going outside the department to have courses taught and documenting that the affiliate faculty have appropriate credentials and qualifications within their own discipline.

Standard III.C on site supervisor qualifications states that they have the following:

4. Relevant training in counseling supervision

The Board believes that the above Standard requires that all supervisors have some sort of training, but does not provide detailed requirements.  Therefore, CACREP programs will need to document some evidence of this, such as providing training themselves to the site supervisors or showing how site supervisors from other related disciplines have received training in counseling supervision. Both the programs and the Board will need to make decisions on what is relevant and appropriate training based on educational soundness.