Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Counseling and Psychological Services Records, 1965-2007

Scope and Content Note

The Counseling and Psychological Services Records consist of reports, announcements, and research publications that document the programs and activities of the office as well as information about Oregon State University students. The bulk of the collection consists of the Descriptive Research Bulletin.

Annual reports for 1987/1988 and 1989/1990 provide information on the number of students served and the various programs and activities of the Counseling and Testing Center. Academic Resources Lists for 1999 and 2000 were compiled by staff of University Counseling and Psychological Services to provide a coordinated description of all resources available to help OSU students with academic challenges. The collection includes several announcements from Counseling and Psychological Services in 2007 regarding how to respond to distressed students in light of the shootings at Virginia Tech University in April 2007, including a survey assessing awareness of campus resources.

Research reports of the Counseling and Student Personnel Research Team of the Counseling Center issued in 1965-1966 address various topics of academic assessment and achievement, a survey of the non-counseling function of college counseling centers, patterns of college characteristics obtained from OSU students, and a descriptive and comparative study of foreign undergraduate students at Oregon State.

The Descriptive Research Bulletin consists of periodic reports of applied research projects done by the Center for Research on Student Life and Development and the Counseling and Testing Center from 1969 to 1988 with the aim of generating a body of knowledge about Oregon State University students. The reports pertain to academic performance, retention, graduation rates, transfer students from Oregon community colleges, family income levels, student attitudes toward alcohol and drug use, international students, services for military veterans, student housing, and other issues documenting students' academic performance and student life. Many of the academic performance studies report on the preparation of incoming freshman in mathematics and chemistry. Of special interest are reports of several studies of the cross-cultural contact between domestic and international students and a 1979 report on handicapped students at Oregon State University. Many of the reports are authored by Morris LeMay, Roger Penn, or Maryann K. Phillips. A list of all the bulletins is available online.

An addition to the Counseling and Psychological Services Records (Accession 2013:030) consists of annual reports generated by the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). There is also a CAPS activity report for March 27 through June 30 1995 and a 1994/95 report for the Student Health Services Mental Health Clinic.

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