Advise TX places ‘near-peer’ advisers in high-risk Texas high schools with the goal of building a college-going culture at that school and helping students find the best fit for their career aspirations. The program operates out of four Texas universities, where highly talented recent graduates are recruited and provided with training, supervision, and professional development.
In 2017-18, Advise TX advisers supported more than 40,000 high school seniors in applying to college and submitting more than 130,000 college applications. Dr. Eric Bettinger is a nationally known economist from Stanford University, who annually conducts evaluations on Advise TX. His studies have found that, in comparison to control high schools, students served by a near-peer adviser are 42% more likely to apply to a postsecondary institution, and 67% more likely to be accepted to a college/university.