Category Archives: NACAC News

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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New Maps Show Student-to-Counselor Ratios by District

National discussions about school counselors and college access often focus on state-level trends, but new data compiled by NACAC  illustrates how that approach can mask significant equity gaps within states.

A new series of maps, which draw on data from the 2015-16 academic year,  examines how student-to-counselor ratios differ by school district.

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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: Jayne Caflin Fonash Assumes NACAC Presidency

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Jayne Caflin Fonash, an independent college counselor based in Potomac Falls, Virginia, assumed the NACAC presidency last week at the association’s 75th National Conference in Louisville.

In her first speech as NACAC’s top elected leader, Fonash addressed the role the association would play in continuing to protect student rights and interests in the college admission process. Earlier in the day, NACAC’s Assembly voted to remove three provisions from the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP) that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) believes inhibit, to some extent, competition among colleges for students. The three provisions address offering exclusive incentives for Early Decision, recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed elsewhere, and recruiting transfer students.

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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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#NACAC19: Day 3 on Social Media

The 75th National Conference in Louisville came to a close Saturday. In addition to the Assembly and Annual Membership Meeting, the day was filled with insightful sessions, an amazing closing speaker, and a rocking social.

Thanks to all of our attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and staff who helped make this incredible conference possible.

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#NACAC19: Goal-Setting Can Help Counter Stress for College-Bound Students

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Gen Z students from across the globe are increasingly internalizing the same harmful messages when it comes to college admission, school counselor Dominie Wilhite told attendees Friday at NACAC’s 75th National Conference in Louisville.

To an even greater extent than past generations, today’s young people believe grades, test scores, and application materials must be perfect to achieve their college dreams, noted Wilhite, who serves students at Ghidotti Early College High School (CA).

“There can be a sense that it’s really hard to succeed,” Wilhite said during a panel discussion focused on mental health and wellness in the college admission process.

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