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NACAC is dedicated to undertaking rigorous, unbiased research exploring issues of concern to college-bound students, their parents and the educators who serve them.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Explore Student-to-Counselor Ratios by School District

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Student-to-Counselor Ratios by School District

To highlight differences in student-to-counselor ratios, NACAC has prepared a series of state maps highlighting school district-level data available from the US Department of Education. Although state averages provide a general sense of how states are meeting students’ school counseling needs, they can mask substantial differences in student-to-counselor ratios within states. A school district-level analysis draws attention to areas most in need of outreach and support.

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School Counselors and School Safety

According to a national survey conducted by NACAC, school counselors overwhelmingly oppose efforts to arm educators as a response to gun violence in schools. Nearly three-quarters of 2,251 counselors who responded were either “somewhat opposed” or “strongly opposed” to policies that seek to arm teachers and other school staff.

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Fact Sheet: Partnering With International Recruitment Agents During COVID

A new fact sheet on the use of international student recruitment agents is now available for free download. NACAC collaborated with AIRC on a survey to learn about agent use by US colleges and universities during COVID-19.

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Paving the Path to Success: A Snapshot of Career and College Counseling in India

NACAC, in partnership with IC3 (International Career and College Counseling) Institute, developed a first of its kind survey of high schools in India. The survey aimed to develop a baseline understanding of the Indian counseling profession and to ascertain the current status of counseling programs in India's schools. Results, while not representative of all schools, highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of the current school counseling system in India and provides implications for practice to understand the barriers many Indian counselors feel prevent them from providing quality counseling services.

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