New Tools, Research Strengthen Nation’s College Advising Capacity

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New resources are available to help school counselors and college access advisors assist students during the college admission process.

The Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations has launched a new website containing tools for college advising.

The Council hopes these resources — developed by its nine member organizations — can serve as a one-stop shop for school counselors and college access advisors tasked with helping students and their families navigate the path to higher education.

“The unfortunate reality is that the professionals who work tirelessly to help students plan for postsecondary education are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of students who need support,” noted David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), a Council member. “In some public schools, school counselors face student-to-counselor ratios of more than 1000:1, and college access advisors working in community-based organizations are similarly swamped by demand for their services.”

Also available on the site is a new research report, Building College Access Admission Counseling Competencies: Review of the Coursework. The study explores the extent to which school counseling graduate programs address topics and professional standards related to college access and admission. The report aims to strengthen the capacity for college advising — a key driver of access, particularly in underserved schools.

Through its research examining pre-service training, the Council seeks to advance the conversation about core competencies required to serve professionally in the role of school counselor or college access advisor.

Over the next year, Council members will conduct outreach and awareness activities related to the new web resource and research report. The Council will also seek input from school counselors, college advisors and counselor educators about advancing the work of professionals who assist students in the college admission process.

About the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations

SREB’s Go Alliance is one of nine national organizations representing school counselors and college access professionals comprise the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations. The goal of the Council is to support every student in the United States with college and career preparation, access and success. The Council currently reaches close to 20 million school counseling and college access professionals, students and families.