Current Projects

Scholarship Chicago

Transitioning from a scholarship granting to a more comprehensively supportive organization, Scholarship Chicago needed a new approach to working with its Scholars, needy but talented students from schools throughout the Chicago area. Combining scholarship support with mentoring in senior year as well as support through college, Scholarship Chicago wanted to become a leader in college counseling and college awareness. College Access Counseling developed and wrote a comprehensive, interactive college counseling curriculum as well as a set of handbooks for Scholars, Mentors, and Parents.

The curriculum consists of twenty-two highly interactive workshops designed to make Scholars, parents, and mentors comfortable with the college application process and to help Scholars prepare for what will happen in college. The handbooks are integrated into the workshop sequence and can also be used on their own. They provide basic information about the application process without overwhelming participants with too much information.

Samples of the curriculum and handbooks are available on request.

College for All Cooperative

College Access Counseling has created a fee-based series of workshops and services for staff involved with college counseling at charter schools in Chicago with the support of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS)

Member schools enrolled in College for All can send up to three counselors or faculty members to attend up to ten four-hour workshops focusing on issues such as setting up a college office, how the admission process works, ways to develop social and cultural capital to ensure college success, and more. Each session consists of current best practices information, discussion, and handouts/ worksheets for use at the home school. A guest speaker from the college admission world also presents each time; one session is entirely devoted to a "mock admission" format, where counselors, led by an experienced admission dean, must make decisions among a group of applicants. Workshop materials are posted on the INCS website for members; a "bulletin board" is also available for online discussions.

Each member school also receives fifteen hours of individual project time. The CFA consultant visits each school, working with the staff to determine needs and then developing specific college admission-related projects based on the initial meeting. (Additional hours can be purchased by the schools over and above the initial fee.)

College for All enables school counselors and others involved with college issues to receive a large amount of information and guidance in a relatively small period of time and with minimal expense.

Projects in Progress

In development are peer-to-peer college advising programs for high schools, workshops for community-based organizations that support teens (including those at risk), and individual consulting projects for inner city high schools trying to build their college counseling capacity.

Visit my Blog

To read essays I've written about college admission, visit my blog, College Counseling Culture. On the site I've also listed books and resources I think are helpful to understanding the process and many of the issues that surround it. Let me know what you think.

Visit my Blog ยป