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Published on May 24, 2016

Advise TX College Advising Corps, a partner program of the national College Advising Corps (CAC), is sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) through State funding, with additional funding provided by CAC, federal agencies, private foundations, and business.

CAC is a national non-profit that works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. To deliver this mission CAC places well-trained, recent college graduates, from 24 partner programs in 14 states, as full-time college advisers in the nation’s most underserved high schools. Advisers are AmeriCorps members that serve one to two years in these schools, and primarily provide one-on-one assistance to students to match their career goals and academic abilities to the best postsecondary options to help them achieve their dreams. In Texas, a total of 110 advisers with the Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Trinity University and UT Austin programs serve 109 high schools across the State.

Among the attributes that distinguish the Advise TX CAC model are:
· Advise TX CAC is a near-peer college access program model, so advisers are close in age to the students that they serve;
· Advise TX CAC works in partnership with colleges and universities across the state, drawing on their infrastructure and resources;
· Advise TX CAC advisers serve the whole school, rather than a cohort of particular students, to foster a school-wide college-going culture;
· Advise TX CAC participates in a national external evaluation to measure outcomes and qualitative results; and
· Advise TX CAC focuses on best-fit colleges, encouraging students to attend schools that will serve them well both academically and socially.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is offering a webinar session for high school counselors interested in learning about ways to incorporate college access programming on their campuses. THECB will focus on the following needs:

· Of every 100 Texas 8th graders in 2003, only 20 received a postsecondary certificate or degree 10 years later.
· The reported student-to-counselor ration in Texas is 435:1, and few counselors have specialized training in the college application or financial aid processes.
· With the adoption of HB 5, one of the state’s most fundamental challenges is to ensure students and parents are adequately advised on their high school academic options, along with the opportunities and limitations associated with each option, particularly as they relate to postsecondary education.

Advise TX CAC Program Directors will share best-demonstrated practices that high schools can easily replicate:

1. CAC’s Key Performance Indicators (6 critical metrics that lead to college enrollment)
2. Best practices that lead to college enrollment
3. Programming and activities that can be easily replicated at non-Advise TX high schools

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