Results from a 40-year Survey of RMHC Alumni
Faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling conducted a graduate alumni survey to evaluate alumni satisfaction with their career outcomes, job satisfaction, licensure and certification rates, and client populations served. The survey also asked alumni how satisfied they were overall with program satisfaction and how effective the program was in helping alumni in their career preparation.
Surveys, such as these help provide valuable information to the Program’s accrediting body, the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). In addition, the scope of the survey, alumni over 40 years, also provided snapshots of how alumni’s careers have changed over the years.
Results indicated a high level of satisfaction with the program and career outcomes, confirming the program's effectiveness in meeting the education and career needs of its graduates. Alumni also indicated two areas were of great interest; private sector rehabilitation and alternative therapies.
Information obtained in this survey may provide valuable insight for other academic rehabilitation programs that aspire to improve and grow to meet the needs of their students and the field.
For more about the RMHC Program at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, see the Department website.
To locate the original paper:
Jorgensen-Smith, T., Reid, J., Henry, R. G., Dixon, C. D., & Wright, T. J. (2013). Evaluating curricular influence on preparation for practice, career outcomes, and job satisfaction: Results from an alumni survey of a 40-year rehabilitation and mental health counseling program.Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 27(1), 43-57. doi:10.1891/2168-66188.8.131.52