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Video: NACAC President Stefanie Niles Talks About Conference Takeaways and Her Goals for the Year

The 2018 National Conference last week left an impression on many attendees, and most importantly, it left an impression on our new NACAC President Stefanie Niles.

Niles chatted with Platform Q Education’s Gil Rogers in a livestream Thursday afternoon about her takeaways for the conference and her goals for her presidential year and the years ahead.

“There’s a lot to do,” she said. “A lot in higher education that we are going to have to do to continue to make this experience most accessible to students.”

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Kristof: Education ‘Escalator’ Broken for Too Many Students

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof believes in the power of education.

From early childhood through adulthood, few other institutions hold the power to transform lives so completely. Yet as the gap between the haves and have-nots grows wider in America, more and more families struggle to tap into those benefits, Kristof told attendees Friday during the keynote address at NACAC’s 74th National Conference in Salt Lake City.

“Colleges are a great public good, and yet too often, that public good is largely reserved for kids of the modern educational aristocracy,” Kristoff told the roughly 6,000 attendees at this year’s annual gathering of college admission professionals. “…At 25 institutions around the country, including five Ivy League institutions, more kids come from families in the top 1 percent than from the bottom 60 percent — that is a failure of that public good. We can do better.”

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Keeping Culture at the Center: Native Students Succeed When Curriculum Affirms Their Identity

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The statistics are stark when it comes to college access and success for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

On some reservations, the college-going rate for high school grads is as low as 18 percent, according to data from the American Indian College Fund. And US Census Bureau data shows that only 14 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives hold college degrees.

Yet when given support and curriculum that affirms their culture, Native students excel, Carrie Billy, president and CEO of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), told attendees Thursday at NACAC’s 74th National Conference in Salt Lake City.

“A lot of our students don’t know who they are,” she said. “They’ve been through the K-12 system — a lot of them on reservations — and still haven’t learned their culture and their identity.”

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Join Us for Cultural Fluency Conversations at #nacac18

As part of NACAC’s continuing commitment to fairness, equity, and professionalism, the association is dedicated to promoting cultural fluency in the college admission counseling profession.

Under the leadership of the Inclusion, Access, and Success (IAS) Committee, the next stage of NACAC’s work on this topic will consist of training sessions at the national conference that will focus on initiating and sustaining cultural fluency conversations in the workplace.

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