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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

The Role of the College Access Counselor

Online Program

The college access counselor plays a significant role in communicating and working with all stakeholders to ensure a student’s successful transition from high school to college. From advising students and their families through the college search, to explaining the application and admissions process, counselors must implement a robust management system of communication and guidance. This course explores methods and strategies for working with students and their families to guide them through the college search process. It also addresses creating a college list, explaining admissibility and working with campus staff and college admissions counselors.

Dates: Spring 2018 (Dates to be determined.)


Early registration - $240
Standard registration - $265
Late registration - $290

Payments are accepted by credit card or purchase order. Registrations via credit card are confirmed immediately upon processing. Registrations made via PO are not considered confirmed until CCR receives the actual payment (check). If registering using a PO, payment (check) is due within 30 days of registration. Failure to submit timely payment may result in the cancellation of your registration.

Format: Online (asynchronous with one required synchronous session)

Synchronous Session - Participants may choose to attend EITHER Saturday, April 15 from 9-10:30 a.m. CST or Tuesday, April 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. CST.

Credits: 8 CPE, 0.8 CEU, no graduate credit offered

Who should register: Current counseling professionals* (public/private schools and private practice), parents and school administrators. No previous counseling experience is required for this program.

*This course is recommended for college counselors with less than three years of experience.

Content Expert: Dr. Nick J. Accrocco was a college admissions professional at two highly selective universities and a college counselor at four distinct secondary school communities. He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University's George Peabody College of Education & Human Development, his graduate certificate in College Counseling from the University of California-Los Angeles and his Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston. Dr. Accrocco combines a passion for helping students and families through the college search process with a healthy amount of humor.

Course Facilitator: Ms. Amy McClurd is responsible for the design and implementation of teacher professional development programs, including International Baccalaureate workshops, online professional development, Pre-AP workshops, and customized district trainings. She has taught middle school science and served as a team leader and department chair for Cy-Fair Independent School District. Ms. McClurd holds a B.A. in biology and studio arts from Sam Houston State University and an M.Ed. in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. She is pursuing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology at the University of Houston. Her doctoral research is focused on IB online teacher professional development.

Module Topics: 

Introduction to College Access Counseling 
This module provides an overview of the role of a college counselor. Topics include an overview of the responsibilities of a college counselor, the critical role of the college counselor in schools and in the community, and the foundational elements that a college counseling program must include to be successful.

The College Access Counselor’s Role in Working with Secondary Staff and Undergraduate Admissions Officers 
College counselors rely on the efforts of other educators in their work with students. This module discusses ways to coach and support faculty and administrators to foster partnerships with the aim of creating and maintaining a strong college-going culture within a school community. Topics include advising colleagues about the college search process, helping faculty craft letters of recommendations, and maintaining contact with undergraduate admissions officers on the college side.

The College Access Counselor’s Role in Working with Students 
Helping students navigate the college search process is the primary responsibility of the college counselor. This module will examine issues and scenarios faced by a college counselor in advising students applying for undergraduate admission.

The College Access Counselor’s Role in Working with Parents 
Parents remain one of the key influences in the decision making of the college bound student. This module explores the social, psychological, cultural and financial issues that college counselors encounter in working with the parents of the college bound students.

This online course is intended to educate participants about the basics of the college admissions/advising process. This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.

System Requirements: This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos and synchronous sessions in Blackboard Collaborate. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform. Additionally, the synchronous sessions in Blackboard Collaborate require a headset with a microphone.

If your operating system does not meet the system requirements set forth, we cannot guarantee a quality learning experience. Please verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements prior to registering for the course.