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The Consortium is committed to increasing low-income and first generation college students' access to effective college and career readiness practices and equity in postsecondary student outcomes.


The Consortium is committed to using research and research tools to identify the features of interventions, programs, and practices that improve postsecondary student outcomes.


The Consortium is committed to strategic partnerships and collaborative activities with stakeholders that will lead to increased postsecondary student outcomes.


The Consortium is committed to using common metrics and assessments that align activities with demonstrable impact on student achievement and college and career outcome measures.

Latest News and Events

ASU Convening Press Release


The National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success (NCSCPS) has released a new report, Revisiting The Path Forward; The State of School Counseling, at the Reach Higher Convening in Tempe, Arizona.

NCSCPS Report Download

(NCSCPS) releases a new report, Revisiting The Path Forward; The State of School Counseling

The 2011 national survey of school counselors, Counseling at a Crossroads, charted a clear new direction for the profession, highlighting the unique opportunity for school counselors to advance the nation's goal of increased college attainment.

Arizona Reaching Higher Convening Twitter Chat

Arizona Reaching Higher Convening Twitter Chat

School counselors play a critical role in the college and career success of their students. Join us for a chat to learn more about this important work.

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

Dr. John King announces School Ambassador Program is expanding to school counselors

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced today that school counselors will have the opportunity to apply for the School Ambassador Fellows program starting with the 2017-18 cohort of ambassadors. The program currently includes the Teaching Ambassador Fellows (TAF) and Principal Ambassador Fellow (PAF). Including the voices of teachers, principals, counselors and other education professionals who do meaningful work with students and other educators each day, will bring important perspectives to discussions of federal policy and programs.

American University Hosts Convening

Reach Higher: American University Hosts Convening on College and Career Readiness

In this economy, earning a college degree has never been more important. Bolstering college readiness and closing the racial and socio-economic gap among college graduates have been key goals of the Obama Administration and the First Lady's office. This past weekend marked the 5th National White House and Reach Higher Convening, and American University hosted the event.

High School and Beyond

How Can High School Counseling Share Students' Postsecondary Attendance?

For this year's high school seniors, there is an important change to the process of applying for college financial aid. For the first time, students and their families can apply for aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the fall rather than waiting until after the new year. This change is a big deal.

Michelle Obama to School Counselors: You're Heroes

Michelle Obama to School Counselors: You're Heroes

In an emotional address that marked her final official remarks as first lady, Michelle Obama praised the nation's school counselors on Friday as education "heroes" who help legions of young people find their way from uncertainty to prosperous, confident futures.

NPR: Don’t Call it Guidance Anymore

Don't Call it Guidance Anymore: A Talk With The Nation's Top School Counselor

Counselors play a big role in helping students succeed: They help with scheduling, college applications and with issues like mental health.

Bridgeton High School counselor Bill Waterman

Bridgeton School counselor earns award for impacting students' futures

Bill Waterman, the school-to-career counselor at Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, has been presented with the Give Something Back Foundation's Special Recognition Award for his "contribution in paving the pathway to college access for his students and embodying the spirit of giving back."

Ken Anselment

A college admissions dean learns something new as his son starts looking at schools

Ken Anselment is dean of admissions and financial aid at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Now his son is a high school junior and the college search is on, giving him a different admissions experience.

Building College Access

New Research Report: Building College Access/Admission Counseling Competencies

View the report advancing the conversation about core competencies required to serve professionally in the role of a school counselor or college access advisor.

Council of National School Counseling and College Access

Resources for School Counselors and College Access Professionals

Welcome to the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations Resource Database, an online resource for school counselors and college access professionals provided by Council members.


The impetus for this consortium emerged in response to First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative and the call for improvements to school counseling and school-based college and career counseling systems. Beginning with two national convenings in collaboration with the White House's College Opportunity Agenda; this consortium has been established to carry the momentum of the 2014 introduction of Reach Higher initiative and the achievements that followed.

Latest News

SDSU White House Convening

Read about the history leading up to the second White House convening on Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising as well as highlights and outcomes.

New Strategies to Serve Diverse Needs

School counselors work to get more students on the path to college.

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