Guidance counsellors, students differ on college readiness issues, US survey finds

June 2, 2010

A new survey from McGraw-Hill Education reveals discrepancies between perceptions of high school guidance counsellors, students, and recent graduates around preparedness for post-secondary success. Guidance counsellors pointed toward college "eligibility," rather than "readiness," as a measure of student success, with almost 70% of respondents defining success as a student receiving a high school diploma. However, college students surveyed indicated they could have been better prepared to meet college academic standards and relied primarily on close friends and family members as mentors. The top 3 areas where graduates would have liked to receive further instruction in high school/college were technology applications (31%), people skills (30%), and communication skills (28%). McGraw-Hill Education News Release