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Career and College Advice to the Forgotten Half: What do Cou...
To examine the career and college advice that high school counselors and vocational teachers give to the "forgotten half," students who are unlikely to seek a four-year degree.
Issue/Topic: Counseling/Guidance; High School
Author(s): Rosenbaum, James; Krei, Melinda
Organization(s): Educational Research and Consulting; Northwestern University
Publication: Teachers College Record
Published On: 10/1/2001
Findings/Results: Most of the counselors and teachers in the sample work in high schools that encourage them to push college attendance. Although both counselors and vocational teachers tend to encourage college for students who show any interest, the two gr...
Student Future Outlook and Counseling Quality in a Rural Min...
Are differences in future outlook among students in a predominantly minority, rural high school impacted by the quality of counseling, race, gender, grade level and academic performance?
Issue/Topic: Counseling/Guidance; High School
Author(s): Dellana, Scott; Snyder, David
Organization(s): East Carolina University; Snyder, Inc.
Publication: High School Journal, University of North Carolina Press
Season: Fall 2004
Quality of counseling
  • The most-cited problem was that students felt the counselors were not well informed.

  • Type-sensitive or group-sensitive guidance programs are more effective than one-size-fits-all pr...
  • 2004-09-01T00:00:00
    Inequitable Opportunities: How Current Education Systems and...
    Demonstrates that access to college-preparation-related policy information follows racial, ethnic, income and curricular tracking lines. Presents findings related to K-16 policies/practices and practitioner understanding of those policies and practices.
    Issue/Topic: Counseling/Guidance; Curriculum; High School; At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention); P-16 or P-20; Postsecondary Participation--Access/Outreach; High School--College Readiness
    Author(s): Kirst, Michael; Venezia, Andrea
    Organization(s): National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education; Stanford University
    Publication: Educational Policy
    Season: Spring 2005
    College preparation activities and counseling

  • High-SES and Honors students tended to participate more in college preparation activities, and 11th graders were more active in, and informed about, college preparation ac...
  • 2005-04-01T00:00:00
    High School Guidance Counselors: Facilitators or Preemptors ...
    To explore the interplay between a high school student's race, social class and academic performance and the type of postsecondary institution the counselor recommends — community college or four-year institution.

    NOTES FROM ECS: Important implications for policymakers and others considering the training counselors receive. Also points to the need for further research, especially on the influence of race on the recommendations counselors provide on postsecondary education decisions.
    Issue/Topic: Counseling/Guidance; High School; Postsecondary Participation--Access/Outreach
    Author(s): Weer, Christy; Linnehan, Frank; Stonely, Paul
    Organization(s): Drexel University; National Commission for Cooperative Education
    Publication: Academy of Management, presentation at national conference, August 2006
    Season: Summer 2006
    General findings:

  • Counselor gender was significantly related to school geographic location (fewer female counselors in the South), and African American counselors were less likely than counselors of other races to rec...
  • 2006-06-01T00:00:00
    Deciding on Postsecondary Education: Final Report
    To gain a better understanding of data and information that are used and/or needed by students and potential students to assist them in making decisions about participation and choice in postsecondary education.
    Issue/Topic: Postsecondary Participation--Access/Outreach
    Author(s): MacAllum, Keith; Riggs, Angela; Glover, Denise; Queen, Barbara
    Season: Winter 2007
    NOTE: Findings reflect focus group results and findings derived from the literature review.

    Stages of College Planning and Choice

    The Predisposition Stage
    The predisposition stage is the sel...
    Role of College Counseling in Shaping College Opportunity: V...
    To examine the ways that the state, district and school context shape the availability and nature of college counseling in U.S. public high schools. Findings highlight constraints and differences in the availability of college counseling.
    Issue/Topic: Counseling/Guidance
    Author(s): Perna, Laura; Rowan-Kenyon, Heather; Thomas, Scott; Bell, Angela; Anderson, Robert; Li, Chunyan
    Publication: Review of Higher Education
    Season: Winter 2008

    Student-to-counselor ratios

    • A high student-to-counselor ratio is not the only factor that limits a counselor's time; other counselor and school priorities restrict access to counseling too.

    • Student-t...
    Dreams Deferred? The Relationship Between Early and Later Po...
    To determine the characteristics of students who increase, decrease and maintain educational aspirations between 10th and 12th grades; the extent that male and female students of differing racial/ethnic groups maintain postsecondary educational aspirations between 10th and 12th grades; variations in 12th-grade educational aspirations by race/ethnicity after controlling for other variables; and if certain additional constructs improve the explanatory power of the study's design.
    Issue/Topic: Postsecondary Participation; Postsecondary Participation--Access/Outreach; High School--College Readiness
    Author(s): Cooper, Michelle
    Publication: Educational Policy, Volume 23 Number 4
    Published On: 7/2/2009

    What are the characteristics of students who increase, decrease and maintain educational aspirations between 10th and 12th grades?

    • This study finds that 76% of 10th grades in 2002 expected to earn at least a bachelor...
    A Longitudinal Investigation of African American and Hispani...
    To determine if African American and Hispanic students' expectations about their future education and occupation, measured by multiple surveys over time, vary by racial, ethnic, and gender groups and if these expectations predict actual educational and occupational outcomes
    Issue/Topic: Counseling/Guidance; Minority/Diversity Issues--African American; Minority/Diversity Issues--Hispanic
    Publication: Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk
    Published On: 11/12/2012
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