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Standards and Credentialing

Standard and unified set of credentials.

The development of unified college and career standards for school counselors and college access professionals is essential to increase postsecondary outcomes for all students.

A standard and unified set of credentials, based on standards for college and career practice, is needed to strengthen the roles of school counselors and college access professionals.  Credentials denote attained educational levels, certification/licensure status, and professional achievements.  Most importantly, college and career credentialing ensures credibility and competence to consumers, particularly students, families and school districts.   Standards and competencies must be developed that include the unique skills and knowledge needed to promote and attain increased college and career outcomes of underserved young people.  And, a  set of competencies and standards is required for the alignment of state and national credentials (e.g., licensure, certification) for professional college and school counseling practice.  

Strategic partnerships with stakeholders (e.g., school counselors, parents, students, state boards and agencies) and groups that currently credential and train school counselors and college access professionals (e.g., ASCA, ACA, ACES, CACREP, NBCC) are paramount to  success in this area. 


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.

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