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EducationUSA Resources Open Now to Public, Agents

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For some colleges and universities, partnering with commissioned agents to recruit international students is part of a multifaceted admission strategy.

Though the use of agents can be controversial, EducationUSA is changing its long-standing policy and will now make EducationUSA information and resources available to the public at large, which would include agents. They will also include agents working with US higher education institutions in EducationUSA events and meetings.

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Facebook Live: Get Involved in NACAC Advocacy Efforts

During a Facebook Live broadcast Tuesday afternoon, NACAC Government Relations Committee Chair Jim Fowler discussed ways you can get involved with NACAC’s advocacy efforts and why they matter.

“What I’ve learned through my time in GRAC – at the affiliate and at the national level – is how important it is for us to stand up and be counted on a lot of these issues. Members of Congress work for us,” Fowler said.

“So many of us use metrics in our work, to do our jobs, and so do they. If 3,000 NACAC members sign up on a legislative action alert that raises the profile of the conversation. It really sends a message. If we don’t send that message, then that message falls on deaf ears. We are a large, growing organization that can have an elective voice that really is resonant on issues for students and education.”

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#NACACreads: Join Us for a Discussion of ‘Becoming’

You’ve no doubt heard all about Michelle Obama’s record-breaking and emotional memoir, Becoming.

There are so many takeaways and lessons in the book for college admission counselors and professionals that we are thrilled to announce a special edition of our #NACACreads Twitter chat focused on the book.

Together with Reach Higher, we will host a discussion surrounding the former first lady’s own journey to college, her experience as a first-generation student, the importance of diversity on campus, and the role college counselors play.

“At its essence, Becoming is a story about the power of perseverance and of believing in yourself. As educators and advocates, we all know students with their own ‘becoming’ stories; we just have to help them fulfill their potential and see their own power,” said Stephanie Owens, Reach Higher’s director of programs.

Share your own insights during our #NACACreads chat on March 19. The hour-long discussion will kick off on Twitter at 9 p.m. ET.

Haven’t checked out the book yet? Read or listen to an excerpt about Michelle Obama’s college search.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at adobson@nacacnet.org.

Member View: Change Your Mentality on College Rejection

Rejection is always tough whether it’s at work, in a relationship, or in college admission.

NACAC member Rick Clark, the director of undergraduate admissions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has some advice.

First, if you’ve been rejected, Clark writes, you likely need to take a moment. It’s okay that you’re not okay.

“Go ahead and scream, cry, beat your pillow, cook or eat a lot of something (do all of those at once if you’re really upset). You do you. Whatever it takes to begin clearing your head,” he wrote.

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Students Believe School Shootings are Top Issue Facing US

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School shootings are a primary driver of student activism and political interest, a new study found.

In a study shared by Axios, 68 percent of people aged 14 to 29 said school shootings are the most important issue facing the US.

“The issue connects young Americans unlike anything except 9/11 in the last 20 years,” said John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, told Axios.

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Facebook Live: Join Us to Talk About NACAC’s Advocacy Efforts

Wondering how you can play a role in NACAC’s advocacy efforts?

We’ll be broadcasting via Facebook Live on Tuesday, Jan 22 with Jim Fowler, NACAC Government Relations Committee chair and vice president for enrollment management at Salve Regina University (RI). Tune in at noon ET to learn more about the work of the Government Relations Committee, Fowler’s journey to his role as chair, and NACAC’s policy priorities.

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Call for Proposals: Submission Deadline Extended for National Conference

Looking for a meaningful way to share your expertise with college admission professionals from across the country? Want to facilitate deeper conversations with your colleagues?

The deadline for 2019 National Conference session proposals and facilitators has been extended to Jan. 14.

The conference format is changing for this year’s event. Session proposals are still open for the following:

  • Educational Session (75-minute presentation)
  • Interactive Tech Lab (45-minute presentation)
  • Learning Lounge (30-minute presentation)
  • Career and Global Hubs (60-min presentation)
  • Preconference Seminars (Three-hour session)
  • Ignite Session (20 slides at 15 seconds each)

The conference will run Sept. 26-28 in Louisville.

Learn more.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at adobson@nacacnet.org.

Vets Face Barriers When Applying to Many Elite Universities

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Veterans bring life experience and a unique perspective to college classrooms. So why aren’t vets found on the campuses of the most selective schools in the US?

Out of about 1 million veterans and their family members enrolled in higher education under the GI Bill, just 844 veterans are enrolled in the nation’s 36 most selective schools.

“In leadership and life, symbolism counts. Intentional or not, the low numbers of veterans signals to all of higher ed that these students do not matter,” community college writing professor Wick Sloane told The Hechinger Report.

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Parenting Your College Student: Navigating New Terrain Over Winter Break

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The Class of 2022 is 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.

“This is the hard work of being the parent to a college student,” parenting expert and doctor Deborah Gilboa told the Washington Post. “You got them here, now it’s time to let them go and let them thrive.”

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