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A Not So New Alignment Strategy: High School to College to Life by Tim Shaughnessy. Current Educational System. Elementary School K-5 Middle School 6-8 High School 9-12 College 13-14 (KCTCS) 13-16+ Universities. 2007 Chamber Report:. 100 students. 65 students.

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A Not So New Alignment Strategy:

High School to College to Life


Tim Shaughnessy

Current Educational System








13-14 (KCTCS)

13-16+ Universities

2007 Chamber Report:

100 students

65 students

37 students (50% remediation)

12 Degrees – 6 Years

“Woefully ill-prepared” (Smerd, 2007)

(KY Chamber of Commerce, 2007)

Current Educational System

12% Success Rate

Failure Rate: 88%

Back To The Future

Benjamin Franklin’s Academies of the mid-1700’s

Prepare Students for Success in Life and in


1892, The National Education Association’s Committee on Secondary Schools

“The best preparation for life was also the best preparation for college”

Back To The Future

Alignment Strategy:

Prepare Students for Success in Life by Preparing Students for Success in College

Career Awareness of Teachers, Students and Parentsby Linda Neal, JCPS

Career Awareness of Teachers, Students and Parents

  • Teachers

    • Past Best Practice—Teacher/Business/Industry Exchange (week-long experience for teachers in an area business connected to classroom instruction—discontinued because of lack of funding)

    • Career Cruising/Individual Learning Plan—career exploration with students as they work on their ILP and work with career counselors

    • Career and Technical Education Teachers work with Advisory Councils for their programs

    • Career and Technical Education teachers receive labor market information from business/education liaison at Greater Louisville Inc.

Career Awareness of Teachers, Students and Parents

  • Students

    • Career Cruising/Individual Learning Plan

    • Career Fairs

    • Job Shadowing, Internships, Cooperative Education

    • Freshman rotation

    • Summer camps

    • Senior graduation projects (Doss, PRP)

Career Awareness of Teachers, Students and Parents

  • Parents

    • Personal experiences

    • School family nights

    • School open house

Counseling Gap: Hopes vs. Realityby Pam Mullis, JCPS

Ask a JCPS Counselor..

Why did you want to become a school guidance counselor?

  • Helping the “whole child”

  • Passion for college/career counseling

  • Focus on helping students solve problems

  • Hopes

  • Quality time with each student (individually or in small groups).

  • A daily focus on guidance activities (top priority).

  • Training focuses on counseling reinforcing the dream.

…Reality sets in

Case loads ranging from 300-600 students

Changing role of counselor over past decade – increase of administrative tasks (varies but may include IDEA meetings, testing coordinators, master scheduling, supervision, etc.)

Limited access to students during the instructional day, and many students can’t stay after/come early

Limited access to resources (computer labs for example)

What happens to the dream…

These are speed bumps to our momentum. Singularly they are not insurmountable, but collectively it becomes a challenge to keep the dream alive.

Financing for College: KEES, Pell and Other Sourcesby Joe McCormickKentucky College Access Network (KCAN)

The Pipeline “Leakage” Problem

For every 100 Kentucky 9th graders:

  • 65 graduate from high school

  • 37 enter college

  • 24 are still enrolled in sophomore year

  • 12 graduate with a four-year degree in 6 years

Source: Tom Mortenson, Public School Graduation and College-Going Rates of Students Directly from High School, 2004; NCES, IPEDS Fall 2004 Retention rates and 2004 Graduation Rate Survey; U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey (ACS)

Grants vs. LoansFederal Share of Total Aid 1982-83 to 2002-03






Source: Trends in Student Aid 2003, The College Board.

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