ERIC Number: ED297209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Counseling: A Facet of Excellence.
National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Skokie, IL.
Recently, reports on the crisis of the American high school have appeared. Members of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors are high school guidance counselors and college admissions and financial aid officers who work directly with students and families as they move from high school to postsecondary education. As such, they are concerned about these reports. Twenty-five years ago, James Bryant Conant analyzed the crisis facing American high schools and his first recommendation for improving secondary schools was that the counseling system be given strong support because counselors were in the unique position to forge links among all elements of the school community and between high school and college. More current reports either omit any reference to counseling or brush it by lightly. This reflects reality. Counselors have been front-line targets of cutbacks and have been asked to serve as factotums--bus attendants, truant officers, and study hall proctors--rather than being supported to use their expertise to benefit students as they face postsecondary choices. This report presents a series of positive steps which will benefit students and contribute toward excellence. These include suggestions on how and why counseling is of real value, a discussion of the importance of the transition after high school, and thoughts on how to move to a better state for America's youth. The National Association of College Admissions Counselors looks forward to participating in the national effort for change. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Skokie, IL.