Counseling Trends Survey
According to data from a survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), there is a "statistically significant correlation indicating that support for counselors (specifically, cost coverage for professional development) and a low student-to-counselor ratio are linked to a higher percentage of students participating in postsecondary education."
NACAC has adopted as its initial policy goal the recommendations of the National Academy of Medicine's Division of Health Sciences Policy-which in 1997 recommended that for mental health and medical purposes, a ratio of 250 students to one counselor was a minimum standard for meeting the health needs of students. While acknowledging that pre-college counseling programs typically do not include mental health counseling, NACAC joined other organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselors Association in setting the ideal student-counselor ratio at 250:1.
The U.S. Department of Education statistics show that the average ratio of students to counselors in our public schools has declined slightly from 490:1 in 2002 to 485:1 in 2003. …