According to results from recent National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) research, high school counselors on average feel prepared to advise students about community colleges and believe the community colleges offer relatively simple application and enrollment processes.
But, the research report “Community Colleges and Transfer” also determined that several counselors don’t feel as prepared about local college transfer policies and for-profit college comparisons, according to a NACAC report.
“Community colleges are an integral part of the nation’s higher education system, and the two-year to four-year transfer path has become a more common and viable pathway to a baccalaureate degree,” the research brief said. “As students consider their postsecondary plans, secondary school counselors have an important role to play in helping students understand the opportunities available at community colleges — whether it be to prepare for a vocation through certificate/licensing, to earn an associate’s degree, or to ultimately transfer in pursuit of a four-year degree.”
NACAC provided questions from its 2017-18 Counseling Trends Survey to learn more about secondary school counselors’ attitudes regarding community college offerings and their preparation to talk about various community college and transfer topics with students and families.
Findings from the report include: