The Hispanic population represents a significant portion of American society. With regard to postsecondary enrollment, this ethnic group will experience the largest growth among all racial and ethnic groups and grow by 27% between 2011 and 2022. In order to understand the role of the school counselor in preparing Latino and other underrepresented students for the transition to college, Excelencia in Education and NACAC conducted a national survey and observed counseling practices at six US high schools that were successfully supporting underrepresented populations during the college application process.
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- The frequency of individualized college counseling activities had a positive effect on four-year college enrollment in both the majoring white, non-Hispanic, and majority non-white models
- At schools with majority non-white student populations, counselor time spent on occupational counseling and time spent on teaching were negatively related to two-year enrollment.
- The frequent use of individualized counseling activities was positively related to total college enrollment at majority non-white schools.