“Every year hundreds of thousands of low-income students face barriers to college access and success. Low-income students often lack the guidance and support they need to prepare for college, apply to the best-fit schools, apply for financial aid, enroll and persist in their studies, and ultimately graduate.” —Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students: Promising Models and a Call to Action (White House report)
Even many of the highest-achieving disadvantaged students — young men and women who are well qualified to continue their education beyond high school — do not consider attending a four-year college, and many who say they plan to apply, never do. The national student-to-guidance-counselor ratio of 467:1 means that the average student spends 20 minutes per year talking to his or her counselor. Moreover, low-income and first-generation students are particularly underserved, with many never seeing a college adviser.
About the Program
The College Advising Corps (CAC) at Duke University works to increase the number of low-income, First Generation College and underrepresented high school students in rural North Carolina who enter and complete higher education. Duke currently has 16 college advisers in central North Carolina high schools. The program is sponsored by the John M. Belk Foundation, AmeriCorps, and The Duke Endowment and is a joint initiative with the Assistant Vice Provost of Civic Engagement.
In order to comply with the National College Advising Corps “near-peer” advising model, all adviser candidates must meet these requirements in order to be considered for employment:
Advisers should have a successful academic record.
Advisers are hired for a one-year service commitment with an option to be re-hired for a second year. Advisers cannot serve with the Advising Corps for more than two years.
Advisers must demonstrate a commitment to public service as evidenced by previous work in the community and/or among the targeted populations.
Duke advisers receive intensive training before serving in a high school, completing a five-week practical curriculum that focuses on college access, college admissions, financial aid, student services, diversity, community service, and professionalism.
Partner High Schools
Bartlett-Yancey High School (Caswell County Schools)
CE Jordan High School (Durham Public Schools)
City of Medicine Academy (Durham Public Schools)
Garner Magnet High School (Wake County Schools)
Hobbton High School (Sampson County Schools)
Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design (Wake County Schools)
Lakewood High School (Sampson County Schools)
Lee County High School (Lee County Schools)
Midway High School (Sampson County Schools)
Northern High School (Durham Public Schools)
Orange High School (Orange County Schools)
Person High School (Person County Schools)
Riverside High School (Durham Public Schools)
Smithfield-Selma High School (Johnston County Schools)
Southern Lee High School (Lee County School District)