The American School Counselor Association recommends one counselor for every 250 high school students. The State of the School-to-Prison to Pipeline in Wake County Public School System, published in August 2013, states that here in Wake County, North Carolina one counselor exists for every 396 public high school students, a ratio that is almost 60 percent higher than recommended. And providing college guidance is not the only responsibility for high school counselors. They are also tasked with academic advising, crisis management, proctoring tests, cafeteria duty, and classroom coverage. According to the 2011 U.S. Department of Education Guidance School Survey, school counselors on average provide a scant 38 minutes of college admissions advice per U.S. high school student.
I am not at all stipulating that high school guidance counselors do not have a place in college guidance, in fact, quite the opposite. High school counselors play an integral role, as supplying counselor recommendations and the secondary school report are essential components of college applications. However, high school guidance counselors have many other responsibilities and Herculean case loads. The dedicated IEC can work in tandem with your high school counselor or behind the scenes. The choice is yours. But an IEC can and will add value to your college search process.
Those students who seek the professional guidance of an IEC are three times more likely to go to a college out of state. Sixty three percent of students who work with an IEC elect to attend an out of state college, versus 20 percent of all students select an out of state college. IECs present options. IECs are dedicated to finding a good fit college for your student, even it it is outside the boundaries of your state. The college search and application process remain the IEC's sole responsibility.
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