High-school students receive college guidance from a variety of professionals, including school and independent counselors as well as staff from community-based organizations and from colleges.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling released a paper on Thursday that it hopes will start a conversation about what all the people who provide this guidance should know.
The paper, “Professional College Knowledge: Re-envisioning How We Prepare Our College Readiness Workforce,” suggests a set of “proposed competencies” that professionals in this broad field should bring to the table. The competencies are drawn from research in fields including psychology, sociology, education policy, and economics.
The paper also offers policy recommendations for helping college-readiness professionals get the proposed training.