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New Study Reveals that High School Counseling is Often Inadequate

Friday, March 19th, 2010

A fascinating new study by the research group Public Agenda has revealed that many high school graduates were dissatisfied with the college counseling they received in school.  The research, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, suggests that high school counselors may be the “weak link” in the college admissions process, and that inadequate college counseling can have long-term negative consequences.  The most noteworthy findings are the following:

  • 48 percent of respondents said that they felt like “just another face in the crowd” when interacting with their guidance counselors.
  • 67 percent said that they would rank their counselors as “fair” or “poor” in helping them find an appropriate college.
  • 62 percent said that they would rank their counselors “fair” or “poor” in helping them find ways to pay for college.
  • Nearly 20 percent of respondents who believe they were poorly counseled delayed going to college.

Fortunately, students gave teachers and/or mentors higher marks.  The research reveals that teachers, coaches, and other educators often motivate students and encourage them to attend college.  As the student-to-counselor ratios increase due to budget constraints, these other educators will most likely play a more important role in the college admissions process.

To read the complete report, check out the following link:

http://www.publicagenda.org/canigetalittleadvicehere/finding3?qt_active=1

-Sarah Tierney, President

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