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Learning Lounges

Learning Lounge sessions offer brief, fast-paced, interactive idea-sharing focused on one specific topic area, current trend, or case study. The format emphasizes audience participation in an intimate, conversation-intensive environment. The 30-minute Learning Lounge sessions are held in the exhibit hall and are scheduled during session block times on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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  • me3: A College Readiness Tool for High School and College Students

    The goal behind the me3 tool is to educate students about the breadth and depth of career and college majors rather than approaching these major life decisions in concrete terms or without the necessary information. Ideally, me3 can serve as a tool to really hone in on high school course options to explore interests as well as to prevent multiple changes in one’s major while in college, ultimately saving time and money.

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  • Getting Rid of The Cookies: College Funding With a Personal Touch

    This presentation challenges educators to break free of the cookie-cutter approach to financial aid to support students in developing 4- year college funding action plans. Through a series of financial aid scenarios, participants will learn how to develop strategies to increase student eligibility for top private dollars by empowering them to build their scholarship brands. The session will explore tailored scholarship research strategies and discuss some of the trends in financial aid access that could be leveraged to help low-income students graduate from college with the least amount of debt.

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  • Champagne Counseling on a Beer Budget

    Bring your counseling game to the next level without breaking your budget. Discover how communication channels like Instagram and YouTube can support your work, and discover more about the College Ambassador Program. Explore the concept of design-thinking and hear how college counselors have used the approach to develop new strategies to support students.

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  • Four Reasons Homeschooled Students Should Be Your Next Target Market

    There are over 2 million home schooled students in the United States, and most of them are planning to apply to college. But few homeschooling families feel equipped to navigate the process on their own. This is where Independent Educational Consultants come in. Using data and insights gained from a two-year research project, explore the reasons why homeschoolers might be ideal clients for you, and learn some of the best methods for connecting and working with them.

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  • NCAA Core Course Review Process

    Explore the NCAA Core Course review process in greater detail, including an overview of the NCAA's criteria for review and data associated with the process. This presentation is a supplement to the "Advising NCAA Prospective Student Athletes" educational session.

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  • Working with Teachers to Amplify College-Going Guidance

    Learn the results of a federally funded study showing how teachers can use digital tools to incorporate college guidance content into their curriculum without taking away class time. Discuss strategies for cultivating buy-in from teachers, students, and administrators and take part in an interactive activity to assess school climate and available resources. Devise an action plan to empower partners in enhancing your school’s college-going culture.

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  • Move Over Predictive Modeling — Make Room for Behavioral Analytics

    Examine how Minnesota State University, Mankato used behavioral analytics, as well as predictive modeling, for student recruitment. The team used the predictive score as a static point of data and harnessed behavioral tracking as a fluid real-time data point to inform their recruitment strategy throughout the funnel.

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  • When Design Thinking Meets Admission

    Making the most of limited face time with parents is a huge communications challenge in today’s ever increasing online environment. Discuss parent programming ideas, including timing, promotion, budget, sequencing, utilizing university personnel, and how to measure your program’s effectiveness.

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  • Should Your Students Write About Depression in a College Essay?

    What do you tell your students who want to write about controversial topics like mental illness, incarcerated parents, abuse, learning disorders, or religion in their college application essays? How can you sensitively handle these topics when it is appropriate? Is there an alternate place on the college application where this information might fit? Share insights about these questionable topics gleaned from years working with students applying to college. Hear tried-and-true tips for reframing how you look at such subjects.

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  • Nothing But a Family Thing

    Families play a critical role in helping their students navigate their way to higher education. Hear how Arizona State University's Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program and American Dream Academy help families gain the tools and confidence to join forces with schools and communities to make sure their children have successful academic careers and prepare for higher education.

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