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Posted on Sep 13, 2013 - 05:00 PM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

It’s a common high-school memory, the student getting help from his guidance counselor in picking out classes and reviewing college choices. It’s almost as common a memory as the one where the guidance counselor provides very little help, has too many students to see and is distracted by student disciplinary problems. Unfortunately, that second scenario is becoming all too common. What Students Say About Their Guidance Counselors According to Public Agenda, 48% of high-school students say their guidance counselor saw them as “just another face in the crowd.&rdqu... More

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 - 10:35 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

It has always been RSC’s position that guidance counselors want to help students, but sometimes the system lets them – and you – down.   Consider these amazing facts:   Guidance Counselors Are Overworked   ASCA, the American School Counseling Association, says guidance counselors should see no more than 250 students. The average counselor sees 457. ASCA believes counselors should spend 70% of their time serving students. The average counselor spends 50% of their time working with students. In many schools, they are assigned to non-counseling du... More

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

Hundreds of Thousands of Layoffs Affect the Way You Get Ready for College   Have you noticed a decline in America’s education? Are you worried that too few teachers and too many students won’t help kids learn more?   You’re not alone. According to a new federal report released in August*, 300,000 teachers have been laid off since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. Decreased federal funds and depleted state and local resources have led to a purging of the nation’s educators and created a swollen teacher-student ratio that is at its highest in mor... More

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

This is the fifth in a series of articles examining the impact the high cost of college and the student loan crisis are having on families. RSC Your College Prep & Financial Aid Expert is dedicated to making college affordable to all families.   Calvin was a good student in a very bad situation. His father died when Calvin was just 15. Fortunately, the private school where his mother worked as a custodian made Calvin a tremendous offer: a full scholarship to their hallowed halls. Calvin and his mother graciously accepted this tremendous opportunity.   As expected, Calvin... More

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

A student sits in his or her guidance counselor’s office:   “Do you want to go to college?”   “Yeah, I guess so.”   “Do you know what you want to do for a living?”   “Not really.”   “Ok, well, based on that, you should take these classes.”   It’s tough for any guidance counselor – no matter how smart or intuitive – to formulate much of an academic plan for you if they don’t get much help. It’s also likely they’re not going to have a great deal of ... More

Posted on Jan 06, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

Students line up to see their high-school guidance counselor in the hopes that he or she will give them good advice when it comes to selecting a college, picking a major, figuring out a career, or getting great financial aid.   In a report released by Inside Higher Ed, they might be disappointed by the results. College admissions officers pick public guidance counselors as they 5th best resource for getting information about higher education.   And admissions deans at private colleges – typically those with the best financial aid and toughest entrance standards – were... More




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