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In addition to a robust expo hall, lively events, and thoughtful networking opportunities, NACAC Conference 2022 features over 100 educational sessions.  See all sessions here.

 

2 + 2 = INEQUITIES: Crowdsourcing Data to Empower Financial Fit for Youth

One way the NACAC community embodies a commitment to equity and social justice is through collaboration—sharing people, insights, and resources whenever possible to improve college access and success. But no matter the depth of our commitment to supporting one another, no amount of collaboration can make up for an absence of good data. This absence of data is most painfully evident when trying to prioritize financial fit during our students’ college search. As college pricing has become more and more opaque, the most important factor for low-income students—financial fit—has become by far the most difficult challenge to address. Moreover, the daunting lack of pricing clarity often deters the very students we aspire to help from engaging in the college search process in the first place. Learn how Chicago Scholars (IL) partnered with other like-minded organizations to crowdsource a single central data set of the actual prices that colleges offered. Not only has this new data resource significantly strengthened the depth of guidance our programs can provide regarding financial fit, but it also allows Chicago Scholars to hold partner colleges and universities accountable in the financial aid offers they provide to our students.


2022 Annual Student Quest Report: An insight into the student, counselor and university experience

The third edition of the Annual IC3 Institute Student Quest Survey is the first ever tripartite study of students, counselors and university representatives sharing their insights on: - Student's higher education preference after high school - The framework of their decision making in this process - The quality and impact of support through counselors and universities in the school This integrated study, will help to learn about the alignment between student aspirations, counselor experience and university enrolment trends. Furthermore, it will help to view the student’s preparedness, the social-emotional impact of the decision making process, and explore the current provisions for student transition from school to university. All in all it will bring together voices of the student, counselor and university in the interplay of decision making at different stages. This creates room for dialogue on important factors & strategies currently being used, and moves towards an evidence based approach by counselors and universities.


2022 National Association of Regional Admission Counselors Survey Results

The 2022 NARAC (National Association of Regional Admission Counselors) Survey results provide eye-opening data about the state of regional college admission throughout the country, particularly in relation to the 2019 data. Learn about changing geographic trends, temporary and permanent workload increases (with and without appropriate compensation, training, and mentorship), cost of living “must-knows,” and other crucial information to optimize regional recruitment across the country. Take away helpful insights, whether you are a current or aspirant regional counselor, manage regional admission professionals, or are looking to launch a regional recruitment program.


60 Tips in 60 Minutes: How to Run a Successful Tour Guide Program

Student-guided tours are one of the key strategies in recruiting applicants to our universities/colleges. Whether you have five tour guides or more than 100, we all run into some of the same challenges. How do you keep student recruiters engaged, trained, organized, motivated, etc.? Hear from three unique universities that have very different perspectives on their programs. You will leave this session with 60 tangible tips to help build or strengthen your program!


Beyond Binary: Supporting LGBTQIA Students in the Common App

In today's political and legal climate, LGBTQIA students face unique challenges in applying to college. As Common App expands reporting options for gender, pronouns, and legal sex, a more inclusive application will raise questions about how students should respond, how counselors should advise, and how colleges treat the information. Learn about the research and principles on which these changes are based. We want to hear what these changes will mean for you and your students. Learn from your peers and help inform future resources and support offerings.


Black Excellence Leadership Roundtable

Hear from a panel of Black enrollment leaders with experience across diverse institutional contexts. Topics to be covered include advice for young professionals, finding a “right-fit” employer, the future of higher education, and reconciling your professional mission with institutional priorities.


Breaking Down Admission Barriers for Students from Title I Schools

The Coalition for College’s new partnership with Scoir equips hundreds of thousands of students at Title I schools with tools to understand the college admission process and benefit from a simplified application experience. Hear how this partnership will help the Coalition’s collegiate members strengthen their connections to Title I schools and provide more support to low-income and underrepresented students. Come away with a deeper understanding of the Coalition’s access work, ranging from the new integrated application to engagement opportunities with students and their supporters.


Building Bridges through Dual Enrollment

Hybrid education created the need to explore new learning opportunities for secondary school students. Dual enrollment gives students a chance to build confidence, explore options, and earn credits on a college campus. Explore a framework for dual enrollment using the recent partnership between Catholic Memorial (MA) and Wentworth Institute of Technology (MA) as a case study. The “CM-Squared” (Construction Management at Catholic Memorial) collaboration opened the door for students not typically enrolled in Advanced Placement classes to participate in rigorous college-level STEM coursework. Learn about the latest research supporting dual-enrollment initiatives, discuss logistics for launch, hear input from student participants, and take away a toolkit to help start your own dual enrollment collaboration.


Check Yourself: Addressing COVID's Impact on Stress, Stereotypes, and Bias

The ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic include burnout, turnover, and understaffing, which exacerbate the risk of biases influencing our work. Now more than ever, we as college and admission counselors need to build our awareness of and ability to confront conscious and unconscious biases across our field and in our roles. Explore the state of research on stress and biases, consider the impact of bias on our organizations, and build strategies to address bias on both sides of the desk.


Collective Resiliency: Houston CBOs Differentiate First-Gen Supports

First-generation students of color often face intersectional challenges during their educational journey, and these difficulties were exacerbated by the disproportionate consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. This session highlights the differentiated work of four Houston college access organizations (EMERGE, OneGoal, BridgeYear, and Breakthrough Houston), serving first-gen college students in two- and four-year institutions as we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19.


College Essay Guy’s Counselor Resource Extravaganza

Take an interactive tour through a wide range of over 200 resources—don’t worry, we’ll take dance breaks—geared specifically to high school counselors. Topics covered will include tips for leading dynamic essay workshops; essential counseling resources for a new office; 50-plus resources for LGBTQ+ students; what/when/how to reach students more effectively via email; social media templates for hyping campus events; and the best darn financial aid guide you’ve ever seen.


College Possible: Helping Foster Youth Access Higher Education

Youth in foster care are an overlooked student demographic in college readiness and access. Find out how to make college possible for this important group of students. Develop engaging strategies that speak to foster youth, foster parents, and caseworkers and learn how to identify resources and funding that make attending college a reality for youth.


Committee-Based Evaluation: How Has the Model Endured and Evolved?

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic many admission offices were adopting new models of evaluation to meet increasing application volumes and staff demands. The past two admission cycles brought unimaginable new challenges to these evaluation processes. Hear from a few offices using committee-based evaluation to review applications and learn how they have continued to evolve and refine their processes to meet and plan beyond the changing enrollment landscape.


Creating An Inclusive Environment for Transgender Students

Learn best practices for working with transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming students, both during high school as they apply to college and after they’ve arrived on campus. Explore strategies and advice on the following topics: guiding students in completing applications and essays; writing the letter of recommendation; identifying trans-friendly colleges, including gender-neutral housing; finding potential scholarships; and more. Examine administrative challenges and opportunities at both high schools and colleges and review the national landscape of challenges faced by students, as well as recent victories and success stories.


Creating Inclusive Admission Practices for Military-Connected Students

Although colleges have a desire to be military-friendly their policies and procedures often create unintended barriers for military-connected students. Additionally, students' journeys to college are unique, making a one-size-fits-all approach difficult. Examine the results of a qualitative research study to understand how service members describe their experiences during the predisposition, search, and choice stages of the college admission process. Come away with tangible actions your office can take to remove obstacles and create pathways to higher education.


Data is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Use It, Show Impact, and Excel

Become more comfortable with data as you learn how to analyze college-readiness indicators, including college and financial aid applications. Become familiar with research-based strategies to reach larger numbers of students while measuring the impact of your hard work. Learn how to construct a data-driven goal and the steps needed to create a collaborative action plan for improvement. Expand your counselor toolkit with case studies of successful practices.


Decolonize Your College Admission Mind

Gain actionable ideas on how to refresh your college admission mindset via the lens of four island communities. In what ways do we unknowingly reinforce colonial hierarchies in our college admission practices? Let’s open a dialogue on how to build assets and strengths-based frameworks, especially with students from these island communities. Learn how to practice a strengths-based mindset and ways to infuse culturally responsive counseling, recruitment, and retention practices into your office. Lastly, learn why your students should consider the institutions of higher education on Guam, Hawai’i, Puerto Rico, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.


The Demographic Cliff: The Impact on Recruitment of Black Students

The national demand for four-year college-bound high school graduates is projected to drop by 5 percent from 2020 to 2030. This is a result of the decline in birth rates during the 2008 recession and financial crisis. While all institutions will have to reckon with this shift, Historically Black Colleges and Universities will have to respond uniquely as more resources are spent to recruit Black and ethnic minority students. Take a deep dive into what this data means and learn strategies to effectively target and recruit Black students.


Designing the Ask: Using K–12 Performance Assessments in College Admissions

Many colleges and universities are seeking new ways to more equitably admit and support students at the same time a growing number of schools and districts are using performance assessment. The session will begin with a brief overview of what is performance assessment and how this can be integrated in the admissions process grounded in a tool, Using Performance Assessment in College, created in collaboration with experienced admission officers and other k–12 and higher education experts, that delineates four steps that support higher education institutions in requesting the performance assessment information that can be most helpful to their admission processes. You will hear directly from admissions directors about why their institution use performance assessment and how they developed their process of requesting performance assessments and artifacts as part of their application. Opportunities to interact with the tool and ask questions will be available throughout the session.


Dialogue Matters: Building Resilience with Difficult Conversations at PWIs

George Floyd’s murder led to questions about the role of systemic racism entrenched in police policy and practice. Likewise, professionals in higher education began in earnest to question their institutions’ policies and practices. The outcome was a seismic shift among institutions to become antiracist. Sadly, the follow-up has not been met with the same energy and enthusiasm as the initial proclamation. Releasing strong statements against social injustice and racist practices is a start, but not enough. Identify and develop dialogue topics to strengthen recruitment of historically underrepresented students and develop strategies to create a culture that acknowledges and addresses the opportunity for change in your organizational spaces.


Disabled isn't a Dirty Word: Tips for an Accessible Admission Office

Learn ways to make your admission office more accessible for disabled students and reduce the stigma associated with disability in higher education. Take away tips and best practices to transform the way you serve this important population of students.


Do More Than Survive: How BIPOC Professionals Can Thrive at PWIs

In ​We Want to Do More Than Survive, author Dr. Bettina Love urges educators to embody the rebellious spirit of abolitionists to achieve educational freedom for our students and ourselves. Tapping into our own rebellious spirits, explore how BIPOC professionals can support themselves and each other as we navigate predominantly white institutions. From how to approach self-advocacy to developing support systems within and beyond our school communities, discuss how BIPOC can thrive in professional environments and achieve educational freedom.


Effective Student Support Services for Postsecondary Readiness

As students transition between grade levels and into postsecondary opportunities after graduation, it has become vital to provide comprehensive student support services to meet students’ academic, social/emotional, and physical needs. During the pandemic, student needs expanded to require purposeful wraparound services, increased family engagement, and innovative postsecondary readiness strategies. As a result, we implemented intentional student support services to address and support the whole student and family. Reflect on lessons learned during the pandemic, including the need to meet student and family needs differently to achieve increased student success and postsecondary readiness.


Engaging Younger Students for College Success

The current admission cycle typically begins in a student’s junior year. Underserved populations, however, may need an earlier jump-start to meet the same levels of readiness as their more privileged peers. Learn the importance of outreach during the ninth and 10th grade years and hear success stories from urban and rural settings. Explore the need for secondary and collegiate partnerships to make these early interactions possible.


Ethical Implications of Holistic Admission: Doing the Right Thing

College admission is going through a period of profound change. Past practices that were widely accepted are being questioned with respect to equity, ethics, and fundamental fairness. As colleges gravitate toward holistic admission, including the elevation of character attributes, admission offices must address underlying ethical issues. Identify important ethical and philosophical issues, where ethical problems or dilemmas may occur, and implications for the future of college admission.


The Evolution of Ethics in the College Admissions Process

Join members of the National Admission Practices Committee to learn about the evolution of NACAC's guiding ethical document, the current Guide to Ethical Practices in College Admissions (GPECA) and the Admission Practices (AP) Committee. During this session, the presenters will share the new direction of the AP Committee and introduce tools and resources for members to engage with as they encounter and navigate ethical dilemmas in their work.


The Future is Here: Using Performance Assessment in College Admission

As colleges respond to the holistic and test-optional admission movements—trends that were further catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic—the use of performance-based assessment in admission has emerged as one promising way to foster more equitable access and success in college. Learn why and how the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and others (including the City University of New York and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) already incorporate K-12 performance assessment information in their admission decisions. Discuss the processes and systems needed to support these strategies. Then learn more about the Reimagining College Access initiative, which since 2017 has been working with a broad coalition of K-12 and higher education leaders—including NACAC—to explore and support the use of performance assessment information in college admission, placement, and advising.


The Forgotten Applicant: International Students in US High Schools

Due to shifting trends as well as the pandemic, international students are joining high schools at different grade levels than in the past. How can counselors guide international students through the necessary application documents? Hear from counselors, universities, and an educational tech company on supporting international students in the US, particularly with English proficiency requirements and testing.


The Future of ACT/SAT-Optional and Test-Blind/Score-Free Admission

More than 1,800 colleges and universities did not require applicants to submit ACT/SAT scores for fall 2022 admission. At least 1,650 schools have extended those policies through fall 2023 and, in many cases, years beyond. Why have so many schools dropped testing mandates and what are the initial impacts? How many of these policies will become permanent? What are the long-term implications for equity and inclusion? How will the college application process change for high school students and admission offices? Hear from leaders of major institutions that have adopted test-optional and test-blind policies.


The Future of Race-Conscious Admission: Update on the UNC and Harvard Cases

Hear an update on SFFA vs. University of North Carolina and other relevant cases. How did we get here and what are the prospects of race-conscious admission policies being overturned by the US Supreme Court? What steps are being taken in support of the use of race in admission decisions? What will be the impact of this decision on admission practices? Join us for a robust discussion (with more questions than answers).


Helping Transfers Cross the Bridge: Addressing and Destigmatizing University Affordability Concerns

Understanding how to finance an education is a barrier that keeps many transfer students from finishing their degree. Beyond the need for financial aid literacy, differences in receiving institutions' processes and societal misconceptions of financial aid add additional barriers. Discuss how we can communicate and destigmatize financial aid through a critical race theory framework, review current financial literacy legislation, and examine research-based suggestions for receiving institutions on helping students understand their financing options. Share your own insights and hear tips and strategies from your colleagues and current transfer students.


"He's So Articulate": Avoiding Bias in Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters provide valuable insight and can sometimes tip the scales in admission and scholarship decisions. College counselors are well-positioned to provide unique, first-hand accounts of our interactions with students, but what happens when bias creeps into letters? Learn about a framework for approaching letters through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens and access an adaptable resource to help you build a resilient and sustainable anti-bias letter-writing culture at your school.


How to Level the Playing Field for First-Generation, Low-Income Students 

First-generation, low-income students face several barriers and equity issues when applying to and attending college. Examine data and evidence collected from literature, policies, and professional experiences to identify roadblocks and ways to make the admission and education process more equitable. Discuss the correlation between institutional DEI initiatives, student success, and satisfaction. Then explore the roles college counseling plays in diversifying the student body as well as ways counseling and admission can influence student body demographics.


In Defense of Boundaries

“Love what you do and never work a day in your life.” While a lovely sentiment, this adage can turn harmful–especially for those in “helper” professions like education–if not paired with carefully considered and firm boundaries. Join us for a conversation about boundaries: what they are, how to establish them, and why they are especially important coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear how developing these boundaries can influence institutional cultures that concurrently value high productivity and effectiveness with sustainability and balance, both for an organization and its personnel.


Increasing Refugee Access to Higher Education

Today, there are 84 million forcibly displaced persons across the world. Many are young people with dreams and aspirations. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, only 5 percent of refugee youth are enrolled in colleges or universities. Significant barriers—including lack of access to internet connectivity, standardized testing, travel documentation, information, and college counseling—prevent refugees from fulfilling their potential. Learn about the challenges refugees face and what we can do to make higher education more accessible to them. Help chart a better path forward for refugees across the world and for universities that stand to gain from their immense talents and skills.


Navigating Identity Intersections Through Leadership and Growth Opportunities

A recent NACAC report, DEI Challenges in the College Admission Counseling Profession, highlights the underrepresentation of BIPOC professionals in leadership positions. Opportunities for growth and advancement often come when least expected and in places we do not anticipate. Successful transitions into these senior roles, especially for BIPOC professionals and those tied to traditionally underserved communities, can be inhibited by unfamiliar institutional contexts and limited access to mentorship. Hear testimonials and guidance on how to transition between academic settings, navigate new institutional contexts, and leverage key networks to promote sustainable success for those seeking leadership roles.


Navigating Texas' Dynamic College Admissions Policies w/Resilience - Then/Now

The TACAC Government Relations & Admissions Practices Committees will lay to bear in a thorough and thought-provoking presentation Texas' dynamic history of higher education college admissions policies and its historical impact and implications for admissions practices, past, present, and future. This presentation is part historical analysis/part best practices guide, and most importantly a showcase of the resilience of college counseling professionals to serve the needs of students in the face of ever-evolving college admissions policies in the state of Texas.


A New Tool to Help Students with the Common App

As we strive to increase access for underserved students, we need to pay more attention to how the actual mechanics of applying for admission can be a barrier. Data from the Common Application suggest that students who use the platform tend to skew toward those with college-educated, wealthier parents. And additional data suggests that hundreds of thousands of students who create a Common App account never apply to a single member institution. Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association recently partnered with professional instructional designers from Oregon State University’s award-winning Ecampus to create a free Common App Companion video series to walk students through the process from start to finish. Come see how the tool works and brainstorm ways the Companion can serve students most in need of college admission guidance.


Not Your Model Minority: Examining the Complexities of Asian America

The model minority myth perpetuates the idea that Asian American students are rule-following academic overachievers who play the piano. Through natural brilliance or their by-the-bootstraps immigrant values, they are achievers of the American Dream. So how is the model minority myth harmful? It treats Asian Americans as a monolithic group, ignores the individuality of each student, and implies that they don’t experience racism or need external support. Explore the model minority myth, discuss disaggregated data, and learn suggestions for working with Asian American students during the college process.


Other Duties as Assigned: The (Unofficial Yet Essential) Role of Black College Counselors in Independent Schools

As Black college counselors working in independent schools, our mere existence can be countercultural to the communities we serve. Join a group of independent school college counselors of color, relatively new to their roles, as they shed light on the BIPOC counseling experience and share the challenges, opportunities, and successes they’ve experienced in their roles. How do we support one another? How do we show up authentically while still establishing credibility with our colleagues, students, and families? What does access and equity look like when primarily working with privileged families? And how do we encourage, support, and uplift our underrepresented students to thrive in the college admission process?


The Power of Holistic Support: Placing Student Well-Being at the Center of College Access Work

Do you need additional tools for supporting your students’ mental health and well-being? College access work can be mentally taxing for students and has the potential of exposing mental health struggles, family dynamic challenges, and feelings of imposter syndrome. While students are working to showcase their best selves to prospective colleges, they may be struggling with non-academic factors impacting the process. Bovard Scholars, a successful college access program for high achieving, low-income students, has been intentional in its comprehensive approach to supporting the mental health and well-being of students while encouraging academic excellence in a rigorous environment. Participants of this workshop will leave with many tried and true strategies for enhancing students’ well-being. From staff hiring, onboarding, and training practices, to curriculum design, and underlying theoretical framework, student mental health can be cared for from many angles. Participants will have the opportunity share their successes and struggles, hear best practices from presenters and participants, and to reflect on how they can enhance mental health support for students.


The Power of SIGs: Serving our Membership and Broadening our Reach During the Pandemic

Learn how the Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling used Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as a way to connect and engage members and provide programming that served a broader group of counselors in Delaware, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Discover how this NACAC affiliate designed, promoted, and implemented programing during the pandemic and beyond while expanding the number of SIGs and growing its regional membership.


Prospective Family Engagement: A Path to Equity Through Access to Information

Using data from a 2022 study conducted in collaboration with 30 institutions from across the US, learn strategies to ensure better and more equitable access to college information for all students. The study includes data collected from more than 6,000 families of prospective college students at an array of private, public, and two-year institutions. Delve into data points that highlight how communication preferences (both in channel and frequency) are tied to income and family college experience (first-generation status)—and learn how these variations can result in a lack of equity in access to key college planning information.


Proud to be First: Tools and Strategies to Empower First-Generation Families

We all work with students who are first: first to attend college (or first to attend college in the United States), first to attend an independent school, first to consider colleges that their families have never heard of or never imagined would be possible. How and when do we engage with populations who are first? And how do we instill a sense of pride to be first, whatever first might be? Learn specific techniques to engage with first-generation families. Topics will include understanding the emotions of first-generation students and families, parent weekend programming, exposure opportunities, faculty support, and community-based organization collaboration. In a constantly evolving admission landscape, the techniques we utilize as professionals must cater to the specific needs of our families. Further your understanding of how it feels to be “first-gen” and take away shareable resources to help you serve students and families.


Queering College Admission

The most recent Gallup poll states 5.6 percent of US adults identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community—a notable increase from 4.5 percent in 2017. Millennials and Gen Zers are more likely to identify as LGBTQIA+ than previous generations, meaning incoming college classes are likely to include more LGBTQIA+ students than ever before. Inclusion starts before your first conversation with a potential student. Gain insight on queer inclusion in the college admission process and learn best practices as well as language for navigating preferred names and pronouns. Learn how to anticipate the needs of queer students.


Racism is (Also) Resilient: How White Supremacy Persists in Equitable Admission

Resilience is not exclusive to the forces of good in the universe. Racism is also resilient. Enter a dialogue with colleagues as panelists pose thought-provoking questions about how white supremacy is still present in our equitable admission practices. This session is not designed to be instructive; rather, it is intended to raise uncomfortable questions for admission practitioners to ask themselves as we dismantle racism and white supremacy in college admission.


Resiliency Through Collaboration: Delivering an Effective Developmental School Counseling Curriculum at the High School Level

Research shows that comprehensive school counseling programs have positive outcomes on student achievement and increase the likelihood of students enrolling in college. We also know that counselors are stretched thin in many high schools, particularly in public high schools, and must find creative ways to expand their bandwidth. Learn how a large, urban, public high school is developing an effective comprehensive counseling program in collaboration with counselors, administrators, and teachers and see how skills developed during the pandemic ultimately enriched in-person learning. Come away with useful resources that can be adapted for your own counseling program and gain beneficial insight into developing a school counseling curriculum. Those on the admission side of the table, meanwhile, will gain a bird’s-eye view of challenges that high school counselors face and ways that they may be able to collaborate with their local high schools to help enrich school counseling programs.


Rethinking the School Profile: Are We Sharing What Colleges Need?

Emerging research suggests secondary school profiles and the needs of admission offices are poorly aligned. From grade distributions and course offerings to matriculation lists and graduation rates, assembling a lean school profile is difficult and nuanced. Discuss common disconnects and best practices for constructing a high school profile that tells the story of your community and also gives admission offices what they need.


Shaping Global Citizens: The Role of International Ed in a Changing World

The past two years have taught students to be resilient, adaptable, and ready for the unexpected—precisely the skills that will help them be successful college students in a new country and culture. International education shapes culturally competent, forward-thinking global citizens. With ever-selective admission processes and annual tuition hikes, the list of affordable and attainable bachelor’s degree programs in the US is shrinking. Students are looking for better options, focusing on affordability, student body diversity, and exciting post-graduation outcomes. Explore the various benefits of pursuing degrees abroad and tackle the perceived barriers to an international education.


Steps to Flourishing: Using Lived Experiences to Inform Programming for Former Foster Youth

Only 50 percent of youth served by the foster care system graduate from high school; 3 percent earn a college degree. What are the most common barriers to matriculation and eventual graduation? Despite previous programs and efforts, the college graduation rates are not improving as hoped. Hear how one child welfare agency is connecting with former foster youth and making changes in career and college exploration based on students’ lived experiences. Then learn how a community college has created spaces to provide students with wraparound services and options that empower them to persevere and work toward personal independence and educational success. Both programs are meeting students where they are and reducing barriers to career success and degree completion.


Student Leaders to Admission Counselors: Creating a Pipeline

Student leaders serve as crucial links between prospective students and the office of admission. Explore how to create a pipeline for current student leaders to enter the field of college admission and hear from those who have made the jump.


The Student Value Proposition: Engaging Transfer Students with Degree Pathways to Limit Friction

Learn how four Ohio public institutions collaborate in a student-first mindset, establishing high-impact degree pathways to reduce barriers for transfer students as a tool for recruitment. Explore successful strategies to coordinate student services and advising with degree pathways, customizing the process to address the challenges of individual students. Discuss how to meet students’ needs while navigating institutional culture, policies, and procedures.


Transfer Admission: Normalizing the Community College Perspective

Attending a community college is often presented as a “back-up plan” to the traditional higher education pathway, putting the conversation about community colleges in the shadows of the college admission and application conversation. In this session we will bring the transfer pathway to the forefront of the conversation as we dive into the research of building a transfer receptive culture, learn how to use transfer inclusive language in our conversations about college, and see how it all comes together by reviewing examples of programs and activities that support transfer student admission and recruitment across the University of California system.


Trauma Informed Counselors help every Student Succeed

During this presentation School Counselors as well as Mental Health professionals will learn to be prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. A trauma-sensitive school is one in which all students feel safe, welcomed, and supported and where addressing trauma’s impact on learning on a school-wide basis is at the center of its educational mission.


Voices of Asian American Pacific Islanders: Shared Experiences of Resilience in High School and College

Learn about the history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in education, the assumptions and stereotypes associated with this community, and ways to support AAPI students and staff. Then delve into the recent rise of anti-Asian crime and violence as well as discussions surrounding recent secondary and postsecondary admission lawsuits. View survey results that reflect resilient voices of AAPI members from high school and higher education and identify ways you can actively support students and professionals.