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 success.
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 into classrooms.
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 in Nashville.
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 just that.
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 counseling.
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, hosted 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 ground: texting.
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 this program.
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.