Student Survey Says High School Counseling Is Not Effective

March 3rd, 2010

The counseling that students receive in high school isn’t effective in helping them enroll in college, according to a Public Agenda survey. Sixty percent or more of survey respondents ranked their counselors as fair or poor in helping them find an appropriate college, find ways to pay for college or thinking about different career paths. The report says there appears to be a correlation between the degree to which students have a good counseling relationship, and whether they make decisions that land them at the right institutions, and with a plan to pay for college

4 Responses

  1. Twin XL says:

    It wasn’t too long ago that I was in high school, but I would definitely agree with this. My counselor helped me mail my application and informed me of a scholarship opportunity at that one school and that is basically all I remember her really doing. I never was helped with financial aid, career paths, or even other colleges. My high school was pretty large so maybe it was just too hard to get to everyone.

  2. admin says:

    Good comment. Thank you

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  4. Well, I don’t think that counselor’s task is to financially support anybody’s schooling, or to give financial aid of any kind. The majority of disappointments with counselors can be addressed to the fact that people are over-expecting from them, while at the same time counselors’ functions are not transparently described to the public.

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