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What Makes the College Advising Corps Unique

The National College Advising Corps program is unique in many ways:

  • Advising Corps programs are anchored in higher education: We work in strategic collaboration with these institutions who share our commitment to increasing the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students who succeed in postsecondary education, and who commit both staff and resources to support our work across their state.
  • The Advising Corps is a “near-peer” model: We recruit advisers who are no more than 25 years of age and are recent graduates of partner colleges/universities. This allows them to more easily develop relationships with students and serve as both peers as well as role models. Advisers relate to students in ways that others can’t because they recently completed the college application process and understand the complexities involved.
  • Our advisers reflect the diversity of the communities they serve: Over 60 percent of our advisers are themselves from low-income communities and are the first in their families to graduate from college. Their primary message to the students they work with is, “I graduated from college, and you can, too!” This understanding helps them to align their work to the needs of the students, the high schools, and the communities they serve.
  • Advising Corps programs are aligned with federal and state education priorities: Our advisers provide valuable services that further a key goal of President Obama’s administration: that the U.S. regains its leadership in degree attainment by the year 2020.
  • The Advising Corps provides full-time college advisers to partner high schools: Our advisers work in partnership with teachers, counselors, administrators, and functiond as an additional staff member whose focus is singularly on improving the school’s college-going culture and ensuring that students apply to and enroll in colleges where they will succeed.
  • Our advisers work to ensure the best-fit and best-match college for the students they serve: Advisers focus on helping students to identify and apply to postsecondary programs that will best serve them both academically and socially, thus increasing the likelihood that these students will persist to earn their degrees.
  • Our advisers provide an open-door, whole-school approach to advising: Advisers foster a college-going culture within schools and provide targeted assistance to low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students who are capable and qualified to attend college, but are at the greatest risk of not attending.
  • Our advisers bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their work: For most, this is their first professional working experience, and they bring to their work creativity, passion, and innovation.
  • The Advising Corps provides job creation: Our programs provide work for recent college graduates: meaningful jobs that put talented young people to work.
  • The Advising Corps creates a new generation of engaged and active civic-minded leaders: Our advisers serve our country and our nation’s public schools as they hone their skills as leaders, organizers, and educators.
  • College enrollment is the ultimate unit of measure. Interim results are routinely measured across multiple key programmatic intervals.

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