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Giving Good Guidance: Best Practices in College and Career Counseling

Monday, May 16, 2016              

12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. CT


REL Midwest and its College and Career Success Research Alliance hosted a webinar designed to comprehensively examine the college and career guidance that students receive during high school.


The event featured a presentation by James Rosenbaum of Northwestern University, who discussed the research on the value of college credentials for post-secondary students as well as different definitions of success that should impact the practice of guidance. The event also featured Amy Vybiral of the Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Community Colleges who discussed policies and programs in Iowa that help students plan for careers, including Iowa’s career and educational planning process. Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and member of REL Midwest’s College and Career Success Research Alliance, discussed MCAN’s efforts to provide high-quality training that prepares preservice and in-service high school guidance counselors to provide college and career guidance to students. Finally, the American Institutes for Research’s Chaney Mosley, an expert in college and career readiness and the former director of career and technical education (CTE) for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, discussed the potential for CTE instructors to serve as college and career counselors. This event was designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of college and career readiness.


Please view the archived PowerPoint presentation slides.



  • Steve Plank, Ph. D., Managing Researcher, American Institutes for Research (AIR)



  • James Rosenbaum, Ph. D., Professor of Sociology, Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
  • Amy Vybiral, Education Program Consultant, Division of Community Colleges, Iowa Department of Education
  • Brandy Johnson, Executive Director, Michigan College Access Network
  • Chaney Mosley, Ph. D., Senior College and Career Readiness Specialist, AIR


Who Should Attend?


Policymakers, practitioners at local and state education agencies including guidance counselors and school administrators, and researchers who study or wish to study college and career readiness should attend this event.


Related Resources


Stephan, J., & Rosenbaum, J. (2013). Can high schools reduce college enrollment gaps with a new counseling model? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis35(2): 200–19.


Rosenbaum, J. E., Ahearn, C., Becker, K., & Rosenbaum, J. (2015). The new forgotten half and research directions to support them. New York: William T. Grant Foundation.