In 2016-2017, a total of 231,361 students were enrolled in high schools in eight regions and 49 school districts that were served by 112 advisers across Texas. Advisers serve in 112 high schools in Texas and advise a total population of 106,683 juniors and seniors. To date this academic year (2016-2017), advisers held 216,718 one-on-one meetings with students exploring postsecondary options. More than 83% of all seniors met with an adviser at least once. Advisers held 10,131 parent meetings and 36,874 group meetings that included 49,562 seniors. Advisers helped distribute 24,855 ACT/SAT fee waivers, distributed 32,507 college application fee waivers saving students approximately $1.7 million in application fees. Advisers took 11,007 students on campus visits and hosted 36,612 college admission rep visits.
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 112 college advisers serving 112 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.