Advise TX College Advising Corps is sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) through the College Access Challenge Grant and private foundations and business. The program started in 2009 when the The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Public School Initiatives placed fifteen recent graduates of UT Austin into service. The Institute received a grant from the THECB to expand the program to 120 advsiers in 2011, and Advise TX now has chapters at Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, and Trinity University. Each chapter recruits, hires, and trains their own graduates to serve as advisers in selected partner high schools.
Advise TX places exceptional recent college graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income and first-generation students to college. Advise TX advisers receive intensive training before serving in a high school, completing a six-week practical curriculum that focuses on college access, college admissions, financial aid, student services, diversity, community service, and professionalism. Advisers live within their service areas, involving themselves in the communities that they serve.
Among the attributes that distinguish the Advise TX model are:
► Advise TX is a near-peer model; advisers are close in age to the students that they serve;
► Advise TX works in partnership with colleges and universities across the state, drawing on their infrastructure and resources;
► Advise TX advisers serve the whole school, rather than a cohort of particular students, to foster a school-wide college-going culture;
► Advise TX participates in a national external evaluation to quantitatively measure outcomes and qualitative results; and
► Advise TX focuses on best-fit colleges, encouraging students to attend schools that will serve them well both academically and socially.
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