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    Put your students in the driver’s seat with your hand on the wheel

    You guide your students through an entirely new experience for them wearing many hats – inspiring coach, knowledgeable drill sergeant, and compassionate counselor. Students’ plans ebb and flow, deadlines loom, pressures mount, and decisions roll in. Then, you do it again next year – and every year with different challenges.

    To free up more time for the art of college counseling, you can put College Kickstart in student-powered mode. When your students create and refine their own plans, they have a stronger sense of ownership throughout the entire process. 

    You never lose control or context with every student’s activity in your dashboard. And, the student-powered mode is not all or nothing. You can work with some students in counselor-powered and others in student-powered. Anytime during the process, you decide when to flip the switch. 

    By default, College Kickstart is configured counselor-powered with you in charge of creating and refining plans for each of your students. While this gives you 100% control, it makes you 100% the bottleneck when your students want to make changes.  

    We recommend that you start in counselor-powered and gradually switch to student-powered during the spring when you and your students meet 1:1 to review their lists. Definitely, switch to student-powered before the end of your Junior’s spring semester. Our data shows students do 30% of their college planning activities over the summer.

    To put a plan in student-powered, click on the Counselor silhouette for the student (tips3.png) under Owner in the dashboard.

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    In Edit Student Details, switch Account Ownership from Counselor to Student and save.

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