The Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) through 2015 www.core-rehab.org.
Our full‐time program admits students each year in the fall. Currently, we have a total of 40 students. We have four full‐time tenure‐track faculty and one full-time clinical assistant professor who teach the CORE accredited curriculum. The instructor to student ratio is 1:8. The average instructor rating for rehabilitation counseling courses for the 2011-2012 academic year was 4.5 (Scale of 1-5, where “5” is the highest score possible).
Student outcomes are evaluated each year on a variety of different metrics that are part of the overall program evaluation and college assessment process. The graduate school at the University of North Carolina does not give letter grades, but rather grades on a High Pass, Pass, Low Pass and Fail system. The majority of the students in the program earn High Pass or Pass grades.
We encouraged and supported students to present at state and national rehabilitation counseling conferences this year. We were able to support 22 students to attend state and national conferences which included: the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Conference in October 2012 in Arlington, VA; the North Carolina Rehabilitation Association (NCRA) Conference in December 2012 in Raleigh, NC; and the North Carolina Rehabilitation Counseling Association (NCRCA), North Carolina Vocational and Work Adjustment Association (NCVEWAA), North Carolina Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals Association (NCVECAP) Conference in October 2012 in Atlantic Beach, NC.
For the 2011‐2012 academic year, a total of 14 students graduated from the program. 100% of students passed their clinical coursework. All members of the class of 2012 took the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) exam and every single student passed it (www.crccertification.com). The graduates are employed in a variety of positions in federal (VAMC), state (ACT teams, mental health centers, Vocational Rehabilitation), and private capacities.
Eighteen percent of the students are from underrepresented groups. Another separate 15% are individuals with disabilities. The division has an RSA training grant that provides a total of $75,000 each year in student support in the form of tuition assistance. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the division had money from university tuition funds to provide an additional $55,200 in student aid to students. Each year one student is awarded the University Merit scholarship which provides in-state tuition and a stipend for working with professors on research and teaching 15 hours/week for one year. The Division has two privately funded scholarships of $2,000 each donated by alumni. Including other scholarship and work assistantship opportunities, in total, 17 students received scholarships or work assistantships in addition to funding that came from our RSA training grant.
CHAPTER 53 of the North Carolina BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS
SECTION .0100 - accepts the CRC exam as one of the national exams they will accept as one of the criteria necessary to become licensed as a Professional Counselor.