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#NACACchat: Advising High School Juniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

How can counselors and others best assist high school juniors who are kicking off their college search amid the shutdown?

View a transcript of our most recent #NACACchat. Special guests included Jill Cook, assistant director with the American School Counselor Association; Lindsey Barclay, member services manager with the National College Attainment Network; Jennifer Davis, digital content marketing manager with The Common Application; and Tracy Jackson, school counseling supervisor with Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Survey Examines Global Mobility Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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Among 600 US higher education institutions, 88 percent anticipate that international student enrollment will decrease in 2020-21, with 30 percent predicting a substantial decline. These results come from the second in a series of surveys from the Institute of International Education (IIE) analyzing the effects of COVID-19 on US campuses.

Since March when IIE released its first survey—focused on mobility to and from China where the virus originated—COVID-19 has infected more than 3.2 million people globally with more than a million cases in the US. The current report focuses on international mobility more globally, with specific attention to actions US institutions took in spring 2020 and plan to take for summer and fall 2020.

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#NACACchat: Financial Aid in the Age of COVID-19

What should students and families know about financial aid during these unprecedented times?

Experts from The Urban Assembly, the Seldin/Harring-Smith Foundation, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National College Attainment Network, and the National Scholarship Providers Association shared their thoughts during a recent #NACACchat.

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ICYMI: View NACAC’s College Admission Status Update 2.0

Last week, NACAC released an update of its popular resource cataloging changes in college admission procedures on campuses around the world.

The revised resource, created for students and families in the aftermath of the COVID-19 emergency, includes campus-specific information regarding:

  • College admission events;
  • Decision and deposit dates;
  • NEW! Plans and policies regarding high school transcripts and standardized test scores;
  • NEW! Plans and policies regarding summer and fall semester instruction;
  • NEW! Plans and policies affecting the admission and enrollment of international students.

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Schools Adjust Graduation Requirements Amid Shutdown

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Graduation requirements across the nation are changing as schools work quickly to address the impact of coronavirus closures.

More than 30 states have already enacted changes to their criteria or issued guidance as schools retool their graduation requirements, according to a recent report from Education Week.

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Adjusting to a New Normal: Advice from NACAC Members

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Everyone is adjusting to a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic, including college admission professionals and the students they serve.

What should seniors keep in mind as they make their college choice? And what can counselors and colleges do to better serve students during the COVID-19 crisis?

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Research: Teens Especially at Risk in Times of Crisis

Touching base with your students this week?

Research suggests teens in particular need support and reassurance during times of crisis.

“Research done in past disasters suggests that it is teenagers who are the most at risk when school is interrupted,” according to a recent NPR report. “Many are forced to work to earn money or have to stay home and take care of younger siblings. They are more likely to drop out and less likely to go on to college.”

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Admission Offices and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The legislation temporarily updates the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. It will expire Dec. 31 unless Congress passes additional legislation.

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Tool Catalogs Admission-Related Services Offered by Secondary Schools

A new tool from NACAC provides a look at admission-related services offered by secondary schools in the US and around the globe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With so many schools closed or otherwise disrupted, it’s a challenge for counselors to help students finalize their college plans. NACAC’s new tool shows how different schools and counselors are responding to questions surrounding final course grades, requests for transcripts, and other college admission queries.

The crowdsourced resource is the second of two tools designed by NACAC.

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Thoughts from a Former College Admission Officer in the COVID-19 Era

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by The Education Trust. See the original article.

Amid increased anxiety over a global pandemic, parents and students alike are frantically adjusting to the new reality of school shutdowns, online learning, cancellation of standardized tests, library closings, the postponement of extracurricular activities, and limited travel. Meanwhile, there is a group of students that is eagerly awaiting college admission for fall 2020. How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact the college-going decisions of students, and how should colleges adjust admission criteria accordingly?

In a previous Ed Trust blog, I argued that institutions should, as the Supreme Court currently allows, use race as a factor in college admission, since the measures that most colleges use in their admission criteria (strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, grade point average, and non-academic factors) disadvantage students from low-income backgrounds and students of color. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality is that these same students will likely be disadvantaged by the factors that colleges and universities value in admission.

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