Eight Components of College and Career Readiness
The Eight Components of College and Career Readiness Counseling chart a comprehensive, systemic approach for school counselors’ use to inspire all students to, and prepare them for, college success and opportunity—especially students from underrepresented populations.
This comprehensive systemic approach helps school counselors inspire and prepare students for college success and opportunity — especially students from underrepresented populations. The Eight Components build aspirations and social capital, offer enriching activities, foster rigorous academic preparation, encourage early college planning, and guide students and families through the college admission and financial aid processes.
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1. College Aspirations
Build a college-going culture by nurturing student confidence to aspire to college and the resilience to overcome challenges along the way.
2. Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness
Advance students’ planning, preparation, participation and performance in a rigorous academic program that connects to college and career goals.
3. Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement
Ensure equitable exposure to a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities.
4. College and Career Exploration and Selection Processes
Provide early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed college and career decisions.
5. College and Career Assessments
Promote preparation, participation and performance in college and career assessments by all students.
6. College Affordability Planning
Provide students and families with comprehensive information about college costs, payment options, and financial aid and scholarship processes.
7. College and Career Admission Processes
Ensure that students and families have an understanding of the college and career application and admission processes.
8. Transition from High School Graduation to College Enrollment
Connect students to school and community resources to overcome barriers and ensure the successful transition from high school to college.
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