School Counselor Involvement and College Degree Attainment: a Quantitative Conundrum

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The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education

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One of the most salient protectors of individual and family economic growth both is achievement in the area of education. Higher education in particular can serve as a mediator for those who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds or other roadblocks to success. In the United States school counselors provide substantial assistance to students regarding academic planning. In this study, data collected from the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) reviewed participants (N = 12,144) who sought assistance from school counselors in an attempt to identify factors salient to college degree attainment. Data were analyzed using Logistic Regression in an effort to determine whether school counselor involvement resulted in the prediction of successful achievement of post secondary education. Results were mixed, suggesting the need for further research in this area.