Category Archives: Access

Now Available: Podcast Episode Featuring Jabari Sellars at #nacac19

The latest episode of College Admissions Decoded is now available! Listen on NACAC’s website or Apple Podcasts.

This special episode features Jabari Sellars, the closing keynote speaker at NACAC’s national conference. He received a warm and enthusiastic standing ovation for his presentation called “Fight for What Doesn’t Fit: Celebrating Students’ Identities, Interests, and Unique Qualities.”

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ICYMI: NACAC Applauds Court Decision on Harvard Admission Practices

NACAC issued a statement last week applauding the US District Court decision regarding Harvard University’s admission practices.

The court found that the university’s method for limited consideration of race and ethnicity did not reflect discriminatory intent or create a discriminatory effect in the administration of its undergraduate admission process.

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#NACAC19: NACAC Honors Video Essay Contest Winners

NACAC and its Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee (IAS) recently recognized the winners of its 2019 Video Essay Contest.

The contest, held annually in the city that hosts the association’s national conference, was sponsored this year by ZeeMee—an online platform that helps students apply to colleges and decide where to go. Snippets of the winning videos were shared last week during the opening session of NACAC’s 75th National Conference in Louisville.

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#NACAC19: Beyond Operation Varsity Blues

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Operation Varsity Blues uncovered a complex bribing and cheating scandal within the world of selective college admission.

Although no admission professionals were implicated in the wrongdoing, the scandal’s visibility prompted many discussions among those in the field—conversations that continued last week at NACAC’s 75th National Conference in Louisville.

A panel of nine NACAC members explored the long-term implications for the admission profession and responded to some of the big questions raised in the wake of scandal. The wide-reaching discussion was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and was one of the conference’s most well-attended sessions.

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Boosting College Success for Hispanic Students

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Nearly one in five college students are Hispanic, but college-going rates among Latinos still lag behind the national average, data show.

A new report — Breaking Down Barriers: Understanding Hispanic High School Students’ Perceptions on the Transition to College—offers recommendations to boost attainment rates. The research, which consisted of interviews with Hispanic students and parents, was conducted by ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning in conjunction with Univision Communications.

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#NACACreads: Colleges Must Change to Better Serve Low-Income Students

In his book, The Privileged Poor, author Tony Jack shares a surprising statistic.

At highly selective colleges, one half of black students and one third of lower income Latino students are the alumni of boarding, day, and preparatory high schools.

Offering admission to such students is “easy” and “a safer bet” for universities, Jack noted Tuesday during a #NACACreads Twitter chat. After all, students who attend college prep high schools generally arrive on campus already having developed the skills and social capital needed to navigate the “hidden curriculum” of higher education.

But Jack challenged chat participants to diversify their recruitment strategies and invest in on-campus efforts that ensure all students have the knowledge and support needed to make the most of their college years.

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#NACACreads: Join Our Twitter Chat with Author Tony Jack

How can institutions of higher education better serve the increasingly diverse students they admit?

Join us tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET for a #NACACreads Twitter chat with scholar and author Anthony Abraham Jack.

We’ll discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, and talk about how to move the needle from access to inclusion.

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Perspective: Undocumented and College-bound

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Taking that first step toward a college degree comes with several extra hurdles for undocumented students and other immigrant youth, and those challenges are often overlooked by many.

Incoming college freshman Dafne, who is undocumented, shared her story in Teen Vogue, hoping to highlight the extra hoops students like her often have to jump through.

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Facebook Live: College Access and Undocumented Students

Looking for ways to show your support for undocumented students and other immigrant youth?

Check out our latest Facebook Live conversation with Gaby Pacheco, program director for advocacy, development, and communications at TheDream.US.

Pacheco recently spoke with Julie Kirk, NACAC’s government relations manager, about  how NACAC members can best support undocumented students in the coming school year. The two offered a wide array of free resources for counselors and reviewed current policies and litigation related to DACA recipients and undocumented students.

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Facebook Live Q&A: Supporting Undocumented Students

Advising and supporting undocumented students through the college admission process can be difficult in these uncertain times.

To answer your questions and offer a bevy of resources, Gaby Pacheco of TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers, will join NACAC for a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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