Developing Programs and Services for College Counseling and Admission Professionals at Rural and Small-Town Schools and Colleges

The committee was asked to develop practical recommendations for creating online resources and other kinds of support for counselors, college admission staff, and students and families living and working in rural communities and small towns. The committee considered the greatest challenges with respect to college admission counseling, such as geographic isolation, low-income students’ barriers, trust and intimidation, understanding pathways and options, and insufficient resources for an already overwhelmed staff.

Committee members

Peggy Jenkins (co-chair)
Palouse Pathways (ID)

Peaches Valdes (co-chair)
Hamilton College (NY)


Alba Cobos
Georgia Southern University

Amelia Conlon
The Peddie School (NJ)

Mark Cortez
The Ohio State University

Brett Fuller
Columbia University (NY)

Leticia Garay
University of California-Davis

Jody Goins
Lincoln Memorial University (TN)

Nick Grenoble
Waterford School (UT)

Erin Grey
Lyman High School (WY)

Becky Halamka
Westwood High School (MI)

Erin Heide
Valley City State University (ND)

Chris LaTempa
Malvern Preparatory School (PA)

Rance Lee
US Military Academy (NY)

Adeara London
Cornell College (IA)

Adam Ray
Western Carolina University (NC)

Jill Semmens
Collegiate Directions (MD)

Gregory Stringer
New Mexico Tech

Kirin Terni
Housatonic Valley Regional High School (CT)

Vilma Wolfe
Saint Joseph Academy (TX)

Staff liaisons

David A. Hawkins
Chief Education and Policy Officer

Tiziana Marchante
Project Coordinator, Educational Content and Policy

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