Improving College Readiness


Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Propsal will have have a positive effect statewide on all high school students and the future of Michigan employees. All high school students need and interact with guidance counselors so it is relevant for all of them.

Learned about this topic online while looking for issues that solely Michigan deals with. How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?



Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: Principal Shrock

CONSULTATION 2: Assisant principal Adrian





Potential Solutions:


SOLUTION 1: Hire more counselors to distribute students in smaller amounts.

SOLUTION 2: Require college advising training.

SOLUTION 3: More college programs pertaining to college readiness.


  Research process:


We talked to the Principal, Assistant Principal, and a guidance counselor at Howell High school. I initially thought this problem was an easy fix but it is actually a complex problem but I feel like we have ome up with valuable solutions.


Author contributions:

Problem Research: Adeline Miller and Hayden Sutton

Solution Research: Connor Creasey and Dylan Grove

Consulting and Proposal: Austin Palazzolo and Julia Coulier



Improving College Readiness


   There are many issues regarding guidance counselor training and college readiness in Michigan schools. Michigan is one of the only states in the United States that does not require guidance counselors to receive college advising training. Michigan also ranks in bottom five in the nation with ratio of students to counselors. This is roughly 700 students per counselor. The American School Counselor Association recommends a student to counselor ratio of 250:1. With an overwhelming quantity of students and no training in college advising, high school students are being deprived of one on one time with guidance counselors and the college preparation that is expected. Only half of high school alumni report that their guidance counselors prepared them well for both college and the workplace. This leads to Michigan being below national average in percent of adults holding college degrees. One in four Michigan adults 25 years or older have college credits but no degree. Students who enrolled in 2009-10, 35.9% graduated in four years with a Bachelor's degree. That rose to 57.2% in five years and 65.5% in six years. The trend was similar at the community college level. There only was a 14.3% success rate in two years, but by six years, the rate has increased to 35.2% for students who enrolled in 2009-10. A lack of college preparation is the root of the problem regarding college dropouts and the meager number of college degrees.

  The solutions being proposed will have a positive effect statewide on all high school students and the future of Michigan employees. Reducing the ratio of high school students to each counselor provides more opportunities for students to meet with counselors to ask questions and counselors to better handle each student. Guidance counselors having more time can creating more programs to promote college readiness. Preparing students by teaching students what is expected at college level leads to being better equipped for the real world and the workplace.

   Some may argue that hiring more guidance counselors for each counselor is too expensive. For a ratio of 300 students per counselor for every high school in michigan would result in an estimated total of $125,000,000. While it may seem too high a price to pay Michigan’s guidance counselors are in fact underfunded compared to other states. Funding for proposal can be collected from taxes. We can pay this over a five year period 25 million per year and have an adequate amount of counselors. Another argument that may arise is that guidance counselors have enough training. College advising training is a key element in college readiness and should be treated as such. A Master's degree can also be earned in a variety of fields such as psychology, counseling, or education. This does not necessarily pertain to knowledge of college necessities. Lastly why change policies now? It is harder to find a job now more than ever. Even with going to a standard 4 year college a person could still end up earning minimum wage. Due to this it is of the utmost importance that we prepare high school students for college now. Getting a well payed job is hard enough especially if the most you have is a high school degree. College readiness is indispensable for the prosperity of all high school students.




Preambulatory clauses


WHEREAS.... Only half of highschool alumni felt prepared cor college and the work place

WHEREAS.... Below national average in percent of adults holding a college degree.

WHEREAS.... Ranks in bottom five in nation with ratio of students to counselors. Roughly 700 students per counselor.

WHEREAS...High number of college drop outs.

WHEREAS... Students taking longer to graduate.

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses



1. Hire more counselors

2. Require college advising training.

3. Provide more college readiness programs.

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)



1. Too expensive

2. Guidance counselors have enough training.

3. Why change it now?

Costs and funding:


Recieve money increasing taxes.Will cost 125 million can pay 25 million over five year peroid.





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