College Board Kicks Off National School Counselor Week with Joint Statement on College Counseling
College Board Kicks Off National School Counselor Week with Joint Statement on College CounselingCollege Board Communications
Today marks the beginning of the 2015 National School Counselor Week, and the College Board is excited to celebrate the work of school counselors.
The College Board was one of seven organizations represented at a recent convening of leaders and advocates for the school counseling profession at San Diego State University, in partnership with the White House's College Opportunity Agenda and the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative. Participating organizations include the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the National College Access Network, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Southern Region Education Board.
As a result of this convening, the College Board and participating organizations have released the following statement outlining the necessary components of effective college counseling:
"The national organizations represented at the SDSU White House convening believe in the right of every student to have access to counseling and advisement for postsecondary (career and education) preparation, access and success. The organizations further acknowledge the diversity of professionals who serve students in this regard, including school counselors, advisors, and other professionals, each with different specialized training, skills and competencies.
However, the national organizations agree that there are common prerequisites for the effective delivery of counseling and advisement for postsecondary preparation, access and success, including:
- A commitment to collaboration among professionals in service to students;
- Cultural competence and the ability to work with all students, including students who are currently underserved and underrepresented.
- Proficiency in the use of data to assist in identifying, designing, implementing, and evaluating policies and practices related to counseling and advising students for post-secondary access and success.
- Training in both the theory and practice of advising students for postsecondary access and success.
As a direct outcome of the White House convening, the national organizations in attendance agree to commit to the formation of a collaborative council, effective immediately, to achieve the following short-term goals:
- Conduct a comprehensive multi-organizational, multi-institutional asset map of competencies, knowledge/skillset requirements, and resources for advising students for postsecondary access and success.
- Identify other concrete priorities for the council to address, including, but not limited to, advocacy, research and communication to policymakers and administrators on behalf of counseling and advising professionals."