Can I Get a Little Advice Here?: How an Overstretched High School Guidance System Is Undermining Students? College Aspirations

Can I Get a Little Advice Here?: How an Overstretched High School Guidance System Is Undermining Students? College Aspirations

Public Agenda has issued the second report in a series dedicated to factors affecting college completion rates. Based on a national survey of young adults between the ages of 22 and 30, the report, Can I Get a Little Advice Here?: How an Overstretched High School Guidance System Is Undermining Students' College Aspirations (45 pages, PDF), found that 60 percent of those who attended higher education institutions gave their high school counselors poor grades for their college advice, while nearly half said they felt like "just a face in the crowd." The report also found that 72 percent of respondents said that having the opportunity to talk with an advisor who knows about college and job-training programs would help "a lot" — a figure that increased to 91 percent for African Americans and 83 percent for Hispanics.