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Raising the Bar: The Debate over How to Improve the Quality of Graduate Counseling Programs and Students
Jerry A. Mobley, Kimberly R. Hall, and Jeri L. Crowell
Discussions around graduate admissions processes have been scattered throughout the literature (Hollis & Dodson, 2000; Jacobson, 1993; Lyons & Calicchia, 2008; Markert & Monke, 1990; Smaby, Maddux, Richmond, Lepkowski, & Packman, 2005). This article presents a mock debate in which the issue of ―raising the bar,‖ or increasing the requirements on admission for the students into two master’s school counselor education programs was explored between two institutions at the 2009 ACES conference in San Diego, California. The debate was structured in line with the International Debate Education Association (n.d.). The debaters were from Mississippi State University (MSU; a Research One university and predominantly White institution [PWI]), represented by Dr. Kimberly Hall, program coordinator of the School Counseling program, and from Fort Valley State University (FVSU; a land-grant historically Black college or university [HBCU]) in Georgia, represented by the interim program chair of the School Counselor Education program, Dr. Jerry Mobley. The moderator was Dr. Jeri Crowell, assistant professor in the School Counselor Education program, also from FVSU.