My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
The Role of College Counseling in College Opportunity
A useful and incisive article on high school counseling is by Laura W. Perna et. al in The Review of Higher Education, Winter 2008 , Volume 31. They conduct case studies in 3 high schools in 5 states concerning availability of counseling, what counselors do about college counseling , external influences such as the district, and policy implications. They urge simplifying college applications and financial aid, a district wide committment,and lament that other priorities than counseling take precedence at low resource schools. Teachers play a narrow role and counselors gear their activites to the average child.
Overall , it is not a positive picture concerning college knowledge of students except in Maryland.
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