In 2015-2016, a total of 227,150 students were enrolled in high schools in eight regions and 50 school districts that were served by 111 advisers across Texas. Advisers serve in 113 high schools in Texas and advise a total population of 133,525 juniors and seniors. To date this academic year (2015-2016), advisers held 187,974 one-on-one meetings with students exploring postsecondary options. 77% of all seniors met with an adviser at least once. Advisers held 9,840 parent meetings and 51,710 group meetings that included 36,709 seniors. Advisers helped distribute 25,288 ACT/SAT fee waivers, distributed 20,480 college application fee waivers saving students approximately $1.2 million in application fees. Advisers took 7,939 students on campus visits and hosted 29,364 college admission rep visits. Advisers largely reflect the communities that they serve: 66% identify as underrepresented, 62% were Pell Grant eligible in college, and 50% were the first in their family to graduate from college.
Best fit planning: Advisers serve the whole school, with a sole focus on planning for education beyond high school. They help each student identify education options that best fit the career and academic goals of the individual, whether achieving those goals requires earning a certification, an associate's degree, or a baccalaureate degree.
One-on-one assistance: Advisers provide guidance on how to research, select, and apply to colleges, help with completion of financial aid (FAFSA/TASFA) applications; provide feedback on college essays, help interpret and compare financial aid award letters, and host meetings with parents and families.
School events: Advisers coordinate college admission representative visits to high schools, coordinate visits to college campuses; make classroom and assembly presentations, and coordinate "Decision Day/College Signing Day" events each spring to celebrate and recognize student's postsecondary plans. These, and other activities coordinated by advisers, promote a college-going culture.
Working partnerships: The Advise TX College Advise Corps programs are anchored at the following institutions: Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Trinity University, and The University of Texas at Austin. Collectively, the institutions have 111 college advisers serving 113 high schools across the State. Advisers are supported by both public and private entities including College Advising Corps, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the OneStar Foundation.
Measuring impact: The Advise TX College Advising Corps is evaluated annually by Dr. Eric Bettinger, Associate Professor, at Stanford University. His team of researchers complies and analyzes student key performance indicator data, administers student and adviser surveys, conducts focus groups and site visits, and analyzes student outcomes including college enrollment rates.
Outcomes: Compared to seniors at similar Texas high schools, students with an Advise TX College Advising Corps adviser were more likely to complete an AP course, more likely to take the SAT exam, and more likely to submit their FAFSA. Furthermore, students who have met with an Advise TX College Advising Corps adviser are more likely to aspire to go to college, participate in college-prep activities, apply to colleges, be accepted to college, and be committed to enrolling in college.