September 14, 2011
KNOXVILLE -- The University of Tennessee launches a seven-stop statewide "Conferences for Counselors" tour on Sept. 19, offering almost 700 high school guidance counselors the opportunity to hear about higher education changes and programs affecting their students.
Counselors from Tennessee's 363 high schools have been invited to attend information sessions led by admissions and financial aid representatives from UT's three undergraduate campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Martin.
"Counselors play a fundamental role in helping high school students prepare for and transition to college," said UT Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success Katie High. "It is important we create opportunities to share information and build relationships with them. By working together, we can better identify the needs of college-bound students and work to remove barriers to higher education."
Information sessions will focus on application processes, academic program offerings, financial aid and new admissions requirements at each of UT's campuses.
The new admissions standards approved by UT's Board of Trustees in June 2011 reflect additional high school graduation requirements passed by the State Board of Education and implemented in 2009, requiring more math and science courses be taken during high school.
Students graduating from Tennessee high schools in 2013 will have met the additional math and science requirements and be prepared to enter UT under the new policy.
The sessions also will focus on introducing the 50 new Tennessee Transfer Pathways created by UT and the Tennessee Board of Regents in August 2011.
"Our goal is to serve all students interested in earning a college degree," High said. "The transfer pathways offer a guaranteed roadmap for students starting at a community college and transferring to a four-year university. We want to ensure counselors fully understand the details and are prepared to share them with their students.
"The results are always good when you can gather the experts and enable open and engaged discussions," High added.
To learn more about the transfer pathways, visit www.tntransferpathway.org/.
UT's Conferences for Counselors tour begins on Sept. 19 and includes stops in: