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COLLEGE COUNSELING PROGRAMS: UPDATE
RE: Fall 2013 College Application Process, the Common Application and Naviance
As you are likely well aware, the latest version of the online Common Application for college admission has been plagued with numerous issues. Included in these issues have been additional problems with use of Naviance in conjunction with the Common Application. Although the end result places most of the burden for recovery of time lost on colleges, the situation has already resulted in additional stress for college bound seniors and their families.
Facilitating the college search, application, and admissions process is a primary responsibility for college counseling programs in Catholic high schools. It is in times such as these that the college counseling department can truly differentiate itself from outside competitors by providing regular, clear, and supportive communication to students and families. This is an opportunity not only to meet, but to exceed expectations, in order to positively influence student and parent satisfaction with college counseling programs.
For those CSM clients using Naviance, communication updates can be easily sent to all students and families. Standard channels of communication should be used for any clients not using Naviance. Personalized communication from a college counselor should be made to any seniors and their families who are intending to apply early decision/early action. CSM Consultants specializing in Guidance and Counseling Services offer the following suggestions:
Many counseling departments are noting that keeping in touch with students is greatly facilitated through use of text messaging. Consider a text to all seniors along the lines of:
There've been issues with sending the Common App. Continue to work on app, essays & supplements. Still have time b4 early apps are due. See counselor w/?'s.
If problems are not resolved by the end of October, be prepared to send communication blasts in various formats (email, text, automated voice, etc.) to all seniors and families in an attempt to manage their tendency to panic. The goal for communication at this time is to be timely and clear, personalized when possible, with reassurance that the approach and planning of the college counselor has already anticipated how to continue to best position students for acceptance to the colleges of their choice.
And, don't forget that opportunity always exists within crisis! Use this need for extra communication as a means to reinforce the value proposition with facts and figures about college admissions rates, scholarship dollars awarded, the achievements of your graduates, etc.
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