November 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Originally posted on edtechdigest.com:
The team behind PossibilityU, a college admissions assistance company, recognized that despite the volumes of information available to students about selecting a path beyond high school — there is a growing guidance gap. The scope of the guidance office is extensive and the ratio of students to guidance professional has grown – the average is now 460 students to 1 counselor. “With these odds, we are effectively asking a 17 year old to make a million-dollar decision about their future with only thirty-eight minutes of decision support,” says Betsy Peters, CEO and founder of PossibilityU (pictured above). “In recent years, policy makers have shifted focus from high school graduation rates to post-secondary success,” says Betsy, who says that a high school diploma is no longer sufficient for students to meet the demands of the 21st-century global economy. But most of our high school guidance offices are under-resourced when it comes to providing parents, students and administrators with the support they need to succeed during this time of transition, according to Betsy. “Technology will be a game changer for the guidance office in many ways. It has the power to democratize the admission process and to more effectively connect students with the post-secondary opportunities where they will thrive,” she says. Here, Betsy explores the possibilities for students looking toward their future.
Victor: It seems self-evident, but what does the name mean?