Secondary school counselling professionals take the lead in critical areas of student development. Among their responsibilities are guiding students through the college and university search process, assisting students with class schedules, and providing support in times of crisis.
To properly support students, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends a school-to-counselor ratio of 250 to 1. In Ontario, the average ratio of students to guidance counselors per secondary school is 391 to 1.1 In the United States, the national average is 471 students to every one counselor.2 This imbalance means that many students do not receive the required help to deal with a critical decision: choosing a “good fit” academic program, university or college.
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2 Ware, L. and J.D. Mathis (2015).” Framework for College Counselling: Considerations for Novice and Continuing Professionals” in Fundamentals of College Admission Counselling 4th Ed. (Arlington, VA: NACAC, 2015).