Making the Connection: Aligning Advising to Improve Postsecondary Access and Success

A new resource from Education Strategy Group highlights the importance of prioritizing alignment of advising across K-12 and higher education, and offers a vision for achieving that alignment by laying out a concrete framework,  action steps, and resources for the many stakeholders who have a role to play. 

The report recommends that all students receive a standard set of college and career advising support during the school day in high school and as a core part of their postsecondary education and training experience. Advising should support students in both navigating the procedural steps from high school to postsecondary education and training and building relationships to help them succeed on their paths. Students who face additional barriers — including students from low-income families, first-generation college students, and students of color — should receive targeted, proactive support.

ESG’s  framework for aligned advising includes both relational and procedural elements, as follows:

Procedural: Navigational Guidance, Academic Planning, Career Exploration, Financial Literacy

Relational: College & Career Culture, Cultural Competency, Social Capital, and Social Emotional Development

For more, including resources and recommended actions for state government, federal government, higher education, K-12 districts and schools, nonprofit and college access organizations, and philanthropy, see