Postsecondary Advising Model
New Visions’ Postsecondary Advising Model is an effort to increase the postsecondary enrollment and persistence rate across schools in the New Visions Network by supporting schools to create systems and routines to ensure all students receive the advising they need.
Together, New Visions staff, and counselors from across the network, will focus on supporting students in applying to postsecondary pathways and opportunity programs; using New Visions’ Data Portal to track critical milestones; and using student- and institutional-level data to support students and their families in finding “best-fit” postsecondary commitment.
The New Visions Postsecondary Advising Model supports schools to implement systems and routines to ensure students in grades 11 and 12 prepare for, commit to, and ultimately enroll in the postsecondary institution of their choice. To help schools achieve this ambitious goal, New Visions provides coaching; data support; curricular materials to support student learning; a professional learning community; and trained alumni coaches.
Our Shared Goals:
Support all graduating students to make a best fit postsecondary commitment
Increase the college enrollment and persistence rate across schools
Expand postsecondary outcomes for Black and Latinx males
Our Approach: The program brings together a tool (The Portal by New Visions); a coach who will support counselors in completing and tracking critical postsecondary application milestones; a community of counselors who can share knowledge and resources; and a structure to support it all. This structure includes Strategic Data Check-Ins (SDCs) - protocol-driven conversations that take place at defined moments and focus on using data to support critical decision-making and tasks, a postsecondary curriculum that counselors and teachers can use to support instruction, and regular group convenings where we tackle shared challenges and spread best practices.
Meeting consistently: New Vision coaches and schools agree to meet regularly (e.g. every other Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00) to set goals and monitor student progress
Attend group convenings: New Visions coaches and school staff agree to attend the four group convenings
Identify staff to do the work: We ask schools to identify (at minimum) 3 staff members to participate in this work: (1) a college and career counselor who is responsible for working directly with seniors to prepare their postsecondary process; (2) a staff member who is responsible for supporting juniors to complete their postsecondary milestones [note: this person does not need to commit to working with the team the entire school year]; and (3) a school leader to provide supervision and support as needed.
Monitoring Student progress: Use the New Vision Portal to track critical college- and career-going milestones.