Exploring the Role and Effects of High School Advising on CTE Students' Transitions to Postsecondary Education and the Workforce
About the Research Study
Counseling and advising for students can be critical to their success as they graduate from high school and transition to postsecondary opportunities. However, the topic is generally understudied, and in particular, little research has been conducted on counseling and advising for CTE students. This project—a collaboration of four research organizations and consisting of three related studies—will inform the development of a conceptual framework and generate important new research evidence on advising CTE students about postsecondary transitions.
The four participating research organizations—the SERVE Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the RAND Corporation, MDRC, and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools—are all part of the CTE Research Network, an initiative funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education to expand the evidence base on CTE.
The project consists of three substudies that build on existing network studies:
- An exploratory study using student survey data in New York City to examine whether advising influences student outcomes
- A more rigorous causal impact study of a career-focused advising model in North Carolina
- A qualitative exploration of advising and the role it plays in students' decisions
Study period: Two years (June 2021–May 2023)
This supplemental CTE Research Network project is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305H190036.
About the Research Team
This project was developed and will be conducted by a collaboration of researchers at four organizations, all of whom are members of the CTE Research Network. The project's Principal Investigator (PI), Julie Edmunds of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, also serves as PI of the network study The Evaluation of Career and College Promise. Co-PIs for the project are Fatih Unlu and Christine Mulhern of RAND Corporation; Rachel Rosen of MDRC; and James Kemple and John Sludden of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University.