Postsecondary Advising Competencies


This document concludes the first stage of work for the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance (CWFA) and the

Post-Secondary Counseling Working Group. It describes a learning and design process that a collaborative group

of university partners, district leaders, and funders completed in Fall 2018 to identify and articulate a set of

competences and skills for effective school counselors who prepare students for success along multiple postsecondary

pathways. It is put forth as a starting point for conversation with a wide network of stakeholders about next steps.


Numerous organizations and individuals were instrumental in providing guidance and input into this project,

from providing information about current practices, to sharing insight on what makes counselors most

successful in helping students navigate multiple post-secondary pathways, to collaboratively crafting and

revising the language in this report. The CWFA and the Post-Secondary Counseling Working Group is

appreciative of their perspectives and contribution to this project.

Working group members represent the following organizations:

Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), DePaul University, Governors State University, National Louis University, High School District 113, High School District 214, Maine Township 207

Other experts consulted from the following organizations:

Academy for College Admission Counselling, Academy for Urban School Leadership, Chicago Jobs Council,

Education Systems Center

We also referenced the following industry resources for benchmarking:

Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Chicago Public Schools College and Career Advising Credential, Danielson Framework for Teaching, Illinois PaCE Framework, Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA)

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Feel free to download the report below to inform your counseling work or contact to get involved with future work related to the competencies.  

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