Missing Elements

By Scott Jaschik

When it comes to getting students into college (and prepared to succeed there), school counselors have a unique vantage point — seeing firsthand the factors that hinder their students from moving forward. A national survey of counselors, being released today by the College Board, finds that these counselors generally think their schools are not succeeding in the areas that the counselors believe are most important to promote student advancement.

The counselors were given a list of a series of roles for their schools in preparing students for college, and asked how important they are and how well their schools are doing in these roles. In function after function that the counselors found important — such as helping students understand the kind of preparation they would need for colleges and careers, or promoting good understanding of the college application process — relatively few found their schools to be doing well in them.

Continued at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/11/15/survey-finds-counselors-question-effectiveness-schools#ixzz1eGmClqav

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