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B Educational Sessions

Friday, September 27, 2019

08:30 AM to 09:45 AM

B Educational Sessions will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. This list will be continuously updated as each session's speakers confirm attendance. 

Less Strain More Gain: Addressing Mental Health and Wellness in the College Admission Process
Self-reflection, discovery, and growth are what we want teenagers to engage with as they go through the college admission process. Instead, many face unrealistic expectations and experience extreme stress, anxiety, and depression. Addressing the mental health needs and wellbeing of students has become a core part of college counseling programs all over the world, but one size does not fit all when it comes to mental health.
Casey Rowley, Beverly Hills High School (CA)
Dominie White, Ghidotti Early College High School (CA)
Shanell Leggins, KIS International School (Thailand)
Ah Young Chi, Hong Kong International School


Designing Data Collection Systems to Increase College Access
Developing intentional data collection protocols, practices, and monitoring systems can provide greater insight in understanding college access milestones. This is essential to measure the impact on the students we serve. Review best practices in collecting college readiness indicators needed to support the endeavors of schools and universities.
Anita Perry, Fort Worth ISD (TX)
Stacy Burrell, Fort Worth ISD (TX)

Advisory Boards for High Schools: Build Relationships, Learn, and Improve Your Practice
Interested in finding new ways to improve your high school's practices and build relationships throughout the admission and college counseling field? Learn practical tips for creating an advisory board for your school, regardless of school size or budget, and examine the benefits for both the school being served and the professionals who sit on its board.
Jeffrey Schiffman, Tulane University (LA)
Alyssa Frank Reichman, Boston Latin School (MA)
Kelly Walter, Boston University (MA)
Andy Losier, Francis Parker School (CA)
Jeff Morrow, Oaks Christian School (CA)

Test Scores and Scholarships: Breaking the ACT/SAT Connection
Test-optional admission policies enhance access to higher education for students from historically disenfranchised groups. But money to pay for college still blocks many applicants. Linking merit aid eligibility to test scores creates additional hurdles for students from low-income, first-generation, and minority families. Learn from leaders whose institutions decided to eliminate ACT/SAT requirements from academic scholarships and explore the impacts of the new policies on diversity, academic performance, and other outcomes.
Robert A. Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, Inc (FL)
Mary Randers, Willamette University (OR)
Andrew B. Palumbo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students Through the College Admission Process
About 8 percent of high school students in the US identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, with an additional 3.2 percent unsure of their sexual identity. What are the unique challenges that LGBTQIA+ students face and how can we best support them through the admission process? Colleagues on both sides of the desk share how their offices have attempted, failed, and succeeded in creating a more supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ students.
Allyson Tom, Castilleja School (CA)
Solomon K. Enos, Duke University (NC)
Michael Elgarico, California Lutheran University

Best Practices in Support of College Readiness for Foster Care Youth and Students
Students impacted by the foster care system are underrecognized in K-12 schools and underrepresented on college campuses. The foster youth high school graduation rate is about 50 percent and less than 3 percent of these students earn a bachelor's degree by age 26. Learn about various initiatives and strategies designed to support youth leaving the foster care system and transitioning into the college environment.
Brenda Gerhardt, University of Dayton (OH)
Charles Cochran, Franklin County Children's Services (OH)

Beyond Export: Maximizing Your Recruitment Data Potential
We all know that data is an integral part of our work in admission. However, sometimes using that data only involves dumping to a spreadsheet and trying to interpret it. Discover powerful and effective ways you can use information you may already have in areas like communication, recruitment, and events.
Tim Kelly, Northeastern University (MA)
Peter Hagan, Syracuse University (NY)
Molly Boegel, Dickinson College (PA)

FAFSA Deep Dive: Dependency Status and Reporting Parent Information
Walk through the FAFSA dependency status criteria and the definition of a parent for FAFSA purposes. Gain resources for professional development in this subject area and get answers to frequently asked questions.
Cindy Forbes Cameron, US Department of Edcucation (DC)
Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, US Department of Education (DC)

Entering New Recruitment Markets – A Scalable Approach
Colleges’ efforts at recruiting from new, geographically-distant markets are often undermined by low response rates and unsustainable recruitment costs. Learn from schools that have bucked that trend and discover strategies and analytic approaches within the reach of even modestly-resourced enrollment teams.
Scott Verzyl, University of South Carolina
Mary Campbell, The New School (NY)
Chad Eickhoff, Northern Arizona University

Silver Linings in the Storm Clouds of International Student Mobility
The media is focused on the doom and gloom news of the decreasing number of international students coming to the US, but there are some bright spots for a more globally-mobile student population. Explore a data-driven analysis of where students are headed to university and the possible motivations behind these decisions. Hear from admission professionals, counselors, and students about their hopes for the future.
Kristen Dreazen, Edvice (UK)
Michelle Chow-Liu, Western Academy of Beijing (China)
Becky Konowicz, Santa Clara University (CA)
Jennifer Dewar, Duolingo English Test (PA)
Kindel Hollis, Trinity University (TX) 

NACAC's CEPP: Taking Responsibility for Your Institution's Actions
The CEPP requires NACAC members to take responsibility for their institution’s actions, including departments that are not under the member’s purview. Hear an in-depth discussion about being part of a body of professionals with ethical guidelines and learn how to explain and adhere to those guidelines in serving students. Discuss areas of the CEPP that pertain to implementation by members, including accurate data on transcripts, transparency about data collection, disclosing school policy about disciplinary infractions, and informing families of their ethical responsibility in the process.
Debi Hudson, St. Teresa's Academy (MO)
Katherine Pastor, Flagstaff High School (AZ)
Ken Anselment, Lawrence University (WI)
Michael Pina, Green Farms Academy (TN)

Working as a Team: A New Counseling and Admission Dynamic
As the ways in which students and families seek and receive support changes, it’s time to stop thinking about “both sides of the desk” and focus on the constituencies “around the table.” How do school-based counselors, IECs, CBOs, and college admission officers come together and work together with the families, students, and communities we all serve?
Darryl Jones, Gettysburg College (PA)
Amee Naik, Breakthrough Greater Boston (MA)
Lisa Sohmer, Sohmer College Counseling (CA)
Jeff Fuller, Strake Jesuit College Prepatory (TX)

Empowering Women for Enrollment Management Leadership Positions
The number of women in leadership positions in higher education has increased in recent years, but much work remains to be done. Hear from dynamic and inspirational leaders in enrollment management about their ascension to leadership roles, effective strategies they employed to overcome barriers, challenges they continue to face, and solutions for addressing some of the inequities that remain in the field. Learn effective strategies to identify, groom, and advance women in college admission that will transform the landscape of this sector of higher education.
Marylyn Scott, Bucknell University (PA)
E. Whitney Soule, Bowdoin College (ME)
Wendy Beckemeyer, Robert Morris University (PA)
Priscilla E. Alicea, Earlham College (IN)

Guided Pathways: GPS to Community College Success
Community colleges nationwide face challenges when it comes retention and graduation rates. Northampton Community College has become one of Pennsylvania's top community colleges after implementing Guided Pathways strategies to better prepare students for success. Find out what Northampton has put in place on campus to improve students' outlook on advising, career exploration, and program commitment.
Andre Richburg, Northampton Community College (PA)