TEA News Release 2

 

 

Jan. 7, 2011

 

Recent college graduates to serve as full-time college advisers

 

AUSTIN – The Texas College Advising Corps, in partnership with the Texas Education Agency and with financial support from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s College Access Challenge Grant, will give underserved high schools an opportunity to receive free college advising services starting in 2011.

The Texas College Advising Corps (TCAC), which is housed at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) in the College of Education, will place full-time college advisers at approximately 120 Texas high schools. The advisers, who are recent college graduates, will help students conduct college searches, complete admissions and financial aid applications, and enroll at higher education institutions that will best serve their needs.

TCAC plans to solicit applications from high-need schools in regions identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Closing the Gaps by 2015 report, paying particular attention to schools with low college attendance rates. Later this month selected schools will receive a letter inviting them to enter a competitive process to participate.

 “We are very excited to partner with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Advising Corps to provide students with the individual attention they need to navigate the college admissions process,” said Barbara Knaggs, associate commissioner for State Initiatives at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). “At a time when guidance counselor caseloads are increasing and there are competing demands on their time, there is a real need for the advisers’ services to help Texas students with the college process.”

“The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of these young advisers and the great work they have already done,” said Dr. Judith Loredo, assistant commissioner for P-16 Initiatives at THECB. “Now through this collaboration, we can reach more deserving students and achieve the college participation and completion goals set forth in Closing the Gaps.”

TCAC is one of 15 partners of the National College Advising Corps (NCAC), which aims to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing postsecondary education. NCAC, which is headquartered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serves approximately 65,000 students nationwide.

There are currently 15 TCAC advisers serving in Texas: five in San Antonio, eight in Houston, and two in the Rio Grande Valley. A $1.5 million Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant from THECB will allow the program to increase to 120 advisers in the fall of 2011.

 For more information, contact Matt Orem, director of College Access Initiatives, IPSI, (512) 232-2563, morem@ipsi.utexas.edu, or Jan Lindsey, senior director of TEA State Initiatives, (512) 936-2832, jan.lindsey@tea.state.tx.us.

 

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