GETTING MORE TEXAS STUDENTS TO COLLEGE
The National College Advising Corps announces the addition of Texas State University to its national collaboration. Texas State will join the established partnerships between the Advising Corps and 17 colleges/universities across the country that work to ensure that more low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students pursue postsecondary education. Texas State will place eight of its recent graduates to serve as advisers in underserved communities. These advisers will work one-to-one with students to guide them through the college admissions and financial aid processes and help them to identify schools that will meet their academic and social needs, where they will have the highest likelihood of persisting to degree.
“We are delighted to welcome Texas State University into the Advising Corps family,” said Nicole Hurd, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Advising Corps, “and are grateful for the opportunity to reach more students in Texas. Texas State is a great addition to our existing partnerships and we are grateful to our partner the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and its Commissioner Dr. Raymund Paredes for the opportunity to expand our work in Texas. We are excited to add Texas State graduates into this important national service work.”
Texas State University joins Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Trinity University and The University of Texas at Austin as part of AdviseTX, the National College Advising Corps partnership in Texas funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
“We are pleased that Texas State University has joined the ranks of AdviseTX—the state’s partnership with the National College Advising Corps,” said Dr. Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education. “Texas State is a natural fit for this program as they have a long tradition of producing teachers and counselors to support the P-12 system in the state.”
“We are proud to partner with the National College Advising Corps in its aim to elevate the college-going culture in Texas,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “Students will benefit from the placement of AdviseTX advisers in their high schools as information is shared and assistance is provided. This effort will no doubt enhance progress toward achieving goals for college and certificate program completion in Texas.”
The National College Advising Corps is an innovative program that works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation-college and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education. Through a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities, recent graduates of these partner institutions of higher education work as full-time college advisers in underserved high schools. The Advising Corps serves communities across the country to provide the guidance and encouragement that many students need to navigate the complex web of college admissions and secure financial aid.
“There is an increasing understanding of the power of what some are referring to as an ‘academic nudge’ for students,” said Dr. Dann Brown, Dean of University College at Texas State. “Advisers provide high-quality assistance to students as they plan for college and, at times, provide the additional support students need to complete admissions processes, apply for financial aid and reach a decision about their college future.”
To date, the Advising Corps has served more nearly 300,000 students since its inception in 2006. In school year 2012-2013, 334 advisers representing 18 institutions of higher education in 14 states will serve nearly 115,000 students in 384 high schools.
For more information, please visit www.advisingcorps.org or www.advisetx.org .