Southwest Pathways

Colin Mathews to speak at Global Pathways Institute Southwest Conference

Merit founder and president Colin Mathews will be featured on a panel at the Global Pathways Institute’s “Southwest Pathways Conference” in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 4. The event promotes “promising solutions to the region’s failure to prepare huge numbers of youth for economic success.”

Mathews’ panel, “Providing High-Quality Career Development: the Role of Counselors and Technology”, will address challenges that school counselors face and look at emerging approaches for providing students with better tools for mapping pathway plans. Also on the panel will be Tiffany Chow, director of partnerships for Roadtrip Nation; Kat Pastor, 2016 National School Counselor of the Year at Flagstaff High School; Lillian Tsosie-Jensen, School Counseling and Advocacy Services at Utah State Office of Education; and Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer at the Jefferson Education Accelerator. The panel will be moderated by Kay Schreiber of the Arizona Department of Education.

With Merit’s recent launch of free accounts for high schools, Mathews will have a unique, market-side view of the challenges that counselors face in helping to prepare students for potential pathways, and of the information asymmetry that results from limited resources. Since Merit’s launch in 2013, more than 250 colleges have signed on to share outcomes of every one of their students with a network of millions of engaged stakeholders.