The Georgia College Advising Corps began in 2008 and is sponsored by the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education. Advisors, who are mostly recent UGA graduates, serve a two year commitment and work alongside high school guidance counselors with the goal of increasing college applications and attendance.
Currently, sixteen high schools in Georgia are being sponsored and more than 6,000 students have been assisted this past year. According to GCAC data, students who have met with an adviser are 25 percent more likely to apply to college, 34 percent more likely to be accepted to four-year colleges and universities and 45 percent more likely to engage in college-going test preparation (UGA News Service).
“Increasing the proportion of Georgians who attend and complete college is vital to the prosperity of this state,” said Libby V. Morris, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at UGA (OnlineAthens.com). “The support of our donors, the dedication of our advisers and the determination of the students they serve is helping us realize that goal.”
The program has expanded since 2008 thanks to generous support and contributions from its sponsors: The Robert Woodruff Foundation, the Watson-Brown Foundation, AmeriCorps, AT&T, Bank of America, and the John and Mary Franklin Foundation.
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