Go Alliance is one of nine national organizations joining forces
to help school counselors and other professionals support
students as they prepare for college and careers. Collaboration
in service to students is the goal of the new Council of National
School Counseling and College Access Organizations, which aims to
identify the competencies, knowledge and skills professionals
need to advise students for postsecondary access and
Across Tennessee, community colleges are experiencing booming
enrollments as the first wave of students accepted under the
state’s free-tuition program, known as Tennessee Promise, cram
Tennessee Promise is a program that enables all eligible students
to attend community college free of cost. NPR’s Scott Simon
speaks to Paul Leddy, school counselor at Glencliff High School
Tekesha Thomas remembers the moment she first heard Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam’s promise.
“I heard it and cried. I literally cried,” Thomas said as she sat
with her son at Chattanooga State Community College on Friday.
Thomas, a single mother, said she always wanted her son to attend
college. She knew the doors it would open for him. The future he
could have. And she worried for years that her limited income
would bar him from the opportunity.
The National Council for Community and Education
Partnerships (NCCEP) announced today that Concord
University has been named the 2015 national “GEAR UP
Community Partner of the Year.” Concord was recognized for its
support of the West Virginia GEAR UP program, a
federally funded grant program to help students from low-income
areas prepare for college.
Higher education has been a crucial driver of economic growth and
job development for the past century. And Maryland’s world-class
universities aren’t the only ones making a difference. Our
economic future is tied just as much to the state’s 16 low-cost
community colleges where 500,000 students — about 50 percent of
all state students enrolled in higher education — are served.
Twelve West Virginia high schools will participate in West
Virginia’s first statewide “College Decision Day” campaign to
recognize high school seniors who plan to pursue
some type of education or training beyond high school.
College Decision Day is organized by the College Foundation
of West Virginia(CFWV), an initiative coordinated by the West
Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to help students go
to college and succeed.
Linda Jensen, director of the Arizona College Access Network,
was named the Arizona School Counselor Association’s 2015
Advocate of the Year. The award was presented at the
Association’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
More than 60 percent of Tennessee’s high school seniors have
applied to get federal aid for college so far this year, a rate
higher than any other state in the country, according to data
from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
February 2-6 has been declared School Counseling Week in
Utah. “School counselors are actively committed to helping
students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and
talents, as these traits relate to career awareness and
development,” said Governor Herbert in a declaration.
Hundreds of college leaders gathered in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, armed with ideas to tackle one of higher education’s
thorniest issues. Just 1 in 10 people from low-income families
has a college degree by age 25, according to the White House,
compared to half of people from wealthier families.
At a time when questions are being raised about the value and
cost of higher education, a new study released today (Oct. 1)
suggests that education beyond high school creates an economic
impact in West Virginia alone of $4 for every $1 spent.
The study commissioned by the West Virginia Higher Education
Policy Commission shows that the economic impact of the 2010
graduating class of the state’s public colleges and university
will generate nearly $6 billion in economic impact for the state
over a 20-year period – or more than four times the estimated
$1.4 billion that was spent from all sources, including $404
million from state appropriations.
On September 30, Tennessee announces the launch of a new website
called EduTrendsTN. The new EduTrendsTN website (www.edutrendstn.com)
provides insights into educational outcomes, wages, and labor
supply and demand across the state of Tennessee. The site was
developed by College Measures in partnership with the
Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and the
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
As states and districts try to prepare more students for
postsecondary education, efforts are building to better position
high school guidance counselors to provide more of the outreach
and support to disadvantaged teenagers. One key challenge,
experts say, is that counselors themselves need training to
better advise students from diverse backgrounds on college
options. In a new Education Week story, Counselors Work to Get
More Students on College Path, I include examples of professional
development programs and pre-service curriculum that are doing
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has designated October 20 – 24 as
“College Application and Exploration Week” in an effort to help
students prepare for college. Schools across the state will
participate by hosting a variety of hands-on activities including
college application workshops, panel discussions with current
college students and college scavenger hunts and trivia contests.
Alice Anne Bailey has talked with low-income students about
applying to college. Often they tell her they don’t know how to
do it. “They think it’s some magical process,” she said. “Someone
comes and knocks on your door, and you just pack your bags and go
to college.” Ms. Bailey, director of the Go Alliance at the
Southern Regional Education Board, made those remarks on Monday
during a conference at Harvard University. Convened by the White
House and Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, the event
brought national experts to discuss how to improve college
Go Alliance Director Alice Anne Bailey will serve as the keynote
speaker for the Utah System of Higher Education’s Supporting the Journey
Conference for administrators and counselors in Lehi,
Utah, on September 12 Bailey will speak about how administrators
and counselors can work together to increase the postsecondary
readiness and success of all students.
Sydney Nye was a straight-A student with an SAT score high enough
to apply to any college in the country. When her senior year of
high school in Wilmington, Del., started about nine months ago,
she had dreams of becoming a chemical engineer.
On July 28, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in
partnership with the White House’s College Opportunity Agenda,
an event to discuss strategies to increase access to
college for Americans. Leaders and decision makers in education
examined how improvements in school counseling and advising can
bring about greater postsecondary opportunities. Go Alliance
Director Alice Anne Bailey attended and spoke about the issues
surrounding school counselors’ work to increase college access
and success for low-income students. SREB’s College and
Career Counseling Initiative (CCCI) trains school counselors
and others to help students succeed in postsecondary education.
As educators look for ways to keep high school seniors on track
for college and to avoid the “summer melt” that leads some astray
in the months after they graduate, a new strategy is gaining
This year, West Virginia launched a pilot program that alerts
students about deadlines for financial aid, registration, and
student orientation, among other matters, with personalized
messages on their mobile phones. The texting initiative targets
students from low-income families—especially those set to become
the first in their families to attend college.
SREB’s Go Alliance consulted with West Virginia to launch
On May 7, Go Alliance Director Alice Anne Bailey participated in
a “learning conversation” at the White House Executive Offices
with staff from the Office of the President of the United States,
Office of the First Lady of the United States, U.S. Department of
Education, and national leaders in school counseling and college
access. Bailey made recommendations about issues of college
access for low-income students, school counseling policies, and
training for school counselors.