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Primary Responsibilities

Interacting on a daily basis with high school students and/or families in the assigned high school(s) to provide relevant information about the postsecondary education experience and the college admission/financial aid processes:

  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices.
  • Develop for each student a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and financial aid.
  • Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications.
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid.
  • Provide information regarding high school course selection, test taking skills, and basic financial planning to help ensure students are ready for college.
  • Organize group events that encourage students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities.
  • Visit classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer services and emphasize the necessity of postsecondary study.
  • Work with local community groups—particularly Local College Access Networks (LCANs)—to provide college access services outside the school setting and hours.
  • Host regular workshops for the families of students to discuss topics relevant to college preparation.
  • Establish productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in assigned high school as well as other community-based college access professionals.
  • Assess, in consultation with Michigan College Access Network, and the community's Local College Access Network, the particular assets and needs of assigned school, and adapt programs and activities to fill gaps, reinforce existing activities, and avoid duplication.
  • Actively seek the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at the assigned high school.
  • Assist in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program.
  • Assist MCAN, MSUCAC, and the CAC evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps.
  • Submit regular progress reports to the MSUCAC documenting progress and outcome data.
  • Represent the Michigan State University College Advising Corps, as requested by program staff, to potential supporters and to other interested parties.
  • Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising.
  • Participate fully in four weeks of residential training each summer on MSU's campus.
  • In consultation with your supervisors, seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development.

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