Remixing College & Career Readiness: A Hip-Hop & School Counseling Think Tank

March 5, 2021

This ThinkTank explored the theoretical and practical constructs of a Hip-Hop and school counseling framework designed to propel students academic, social/emotional, and career development. While a bevy of hip-hop education/ counseling research and interventions explore academic content acquisition, and small-group counseling, the potential of hip-hop to refine college and career readiness praxis is less understood. Therefore it was the purpose of this ThinkTank for participants to co-define college and career readiness outcomes that hip-hop based practices are uniquely positioned to address, and then to plan the design, implementation, and evaluation of hip-hop and career and college readiness interventions.


Helping Students with College and Career Readiness During a Pandemic

February 25, 2021

Dr.'s Erik Hines, Duane Gregg and Laura Owen discuss the impact of COVID-19 on students' postsecondary decision process. After a decade of efforts to close postsecondary opportunity gaps, COVID-19 has wiped out most of the gains previously noted. The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on high minority and low income schools implores us to begin planning now for the recovery phase, one that must guide students to viable pathways leading to high wage, high demand jobs.


Utilizing Text Messaging to Address Summer and COVID Melt 1

February 10, 2021

The December 2020 High School Benchmarks report confirmed startling college enrollment declines. While high school graduation rates remained stable for the class of 2020, postsecondary enrollment decreased by 21.7 percent nationally and direct high school to college attendance for students from high poverty schools fell by 32.6 percent versus 16.4 percent for low poverty schools. Students attending high minority schools saw attendance decrease by 26.4 percent, while those enrolled in low minority schools witnessed an 18 percent decline. If that news were not alarming enough, early indicators predict a continued downward enrollment trajectory with even more discernible losses ahead. Common App recently shared college application rates are down by 8 percent for first time applicants and applications from students who are first in their family to attend college and those utilizing fee waivers decreased by 16 percent. What was previously referred to as summer melt, has now become the COVID flood.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Examine current college enrollment trends and the subsequent catastrophic summer/Covid19 melt rates
2. Review student and advisor outcomes from a large national summer melt text messaging intervention
3. Identify tips to utilize text messaging to address student melt
4. Acknowledge the need to address a woefully under resourced postsecondary advising system
5. Recognize that a successful pandemic recovery plan centers on a school's ability to revise their comprehensive advising structures and policies so that all students receive responsive and informed guidance that is adaptable to the daily disruptions and competing challenges from this pandemic.