VISTAS Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability and Research in Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Evaluation: Program + Personnel = Results

Norman C. Gysbers and Patricia Henderson


The evaluation of guidance and counseling programs and their activities and services, has been part of professional dialogue since the 1920s (Gysbers, 2004). Today, however, the issue of evaluation is receiving even more attention. School counselors increasingly are being asked to demonstrate that their work contributes to student success, particularly student academic achievement, as a result of the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (P.L. 107-110) in 2001 (McGannon, Carey, & Dimmitt, 2005).

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