All posts by Ashley Dobson

NACAC Member Organization Nets $400,000 to Expand Programming

Students from Chicago Scholars celebrate Team LeBron’s win. Courtesy of Chicago Scholars

Perhaps no one cared more about the outcome of the NBA All-Star Game this past weekend than Chicago Scholars, a NACAC member organization that helps first-generation students navigate the transitions to college, through college, and beyond to a career.

Handpicked by team captain LeBron James, the community-based access organization stood to win up to $500,000 to help students reach their college dreams thanks to the All-Star game’s new format.

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Study: High School Grades Best Predictors of College Completion

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What is the best predictor of student success? According to a new study, it’s high school grade point averages.

The study, published recently in Educational Researcher, found that a student’s high school grade point average is five times stronger than their ACT scores at predicting college graduation.

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College Senior Offers Financial Advice to Incoming Freshmen

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Editor’s note:  This post was originally published on Admitted in July 2019. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.

It’s no secret that a college education is expensive. But there are ways to keep costs as low as possible.

Laura Uzes, a senior at UCLA, shared her tried-and-true advice for keeping college costs down with Homeroom, the US Department of Education’s blog.

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Best of the Decade: The Journal of College Admission

This past decade marked a notable shift for The Journal of College Admission.

In 2015, it was redesigned and moved from a peer-reviewed research journal to a quarterly magazine offering practical tips, research-to-practice information, member profiles, upcoming events, and news you can use.

But the one thing that hasn’t changed across the years is the high quality of articles from our members.

Enjoy taking a trip down memory lane as we look back at some of the best Journal articles of the decade.

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Parenting Your College Student: Navigating New Terrain Over Winter Break

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Editor’s note:  A version of this post was originally published on Admitted in January 2019. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series. 

The Class of 2023 will soon be home from college for their first winter break and many parents are seeing a new dynamic in their relationship with their children.

These college freshmen have just had their first taste of independence and striking the right balance can be tough for families.

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YouTubers Tackle the Admission Process

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If you don’t know how to change a tire or curl your hair or even make a soufflé, you can YouTube it.

So, it stands to reason, if you don’t know how to apply for college, you would turn to the video-sharing website for the answers you seek.

What started as a trend of college-bound teens sharing their college decision letters has grown into a way for teens to broadcast their experiences and advice throughout the process.

Teen Vogue recently interviewed several of these YouTube vloggers about their growing channels.

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Chronic Illness and the College Search

Applying to schools and preparing for the college transition can be tough for any student. But for students dealing with a chronic illness, the process has added challenges.

The key to tackling those challenges? Planning ahead.

Teen Vogue recently published a list of advice to help students dealing with chronic illness clear those hurdles before heading off to college.

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Facebook Live Q&A: Setting the Standard for International Secondary Student Recruitment

The Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) advisory board recently completed its year-long effort to establish model standards for international student recruitment agencies working with US secondary schools.

Chris Page, executive director of CSIET, will join NACAC for a Facebook Live broadcast on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to discuss the new standards in greater detail.

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