Preconference Seminars

Thursday, September 26, 2019

08:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Nothing to do on Thursday morning? Sign up for a Preconference Seminar from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and get your education on before the conference even begins. Preconference seminars require an additional cost and last for three hours. Continuing Education Clock Hours are available and indicated on eligible sessions.

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  • Bridging College Access: Evaluating Foreign Secondary Transcripts

    When educators evaluate foreign secondary credentials with intentionality and consistency, students are able to receive transfer credit for courses taken outside the United States, positioning them for success in US secondary schools and in their transition to college. This practice-oriented seminar provides international student advocates with a pragmatic framework for evaluating foreign secondary credentials, including transcripts and national exams. Participants will receive a comparative education toolkit, which includes: real world case studies, an overview of several international education systems, grading scales, and recommended courses and grade level placement for students based on level of English proficiency and foreign credentials. Participants will be able to articulate how the evaluation and placement process at the secondary school impacts the college admission process, and will gain best practice guidance for working with students who have prior international education experiences on finding best fit colleges.

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  • Emerging Admission Professionals: Cultivating Leaders

    NACAC recognizes the importance of engaging novice admission professionals at the national level. The Emerging Admission Professionals (EAP) initiative connects novice admission professionals with their peers and seasoned professionals in the field. The purpose of this seminar is to engage and expose participants, with 0-5 years of experience, to pressing issues in the ever-evolving higher education admission landscape, pathways to professional advancement, and core knowledge, skills, and abilities for senior-level admission officers. Topics to be discussed include access and success, advocacy, and leadership competencies.

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  • Hotspots, Hooks & Hidden Agendas: An Inside Look at the College Admission Process

    Over the last 40 years, higher education has emerged as a massive industry and, within it, colleges have morphed into businesses. Rankings, yield, selectivity, demonstrated interest and ability to pay are symptomatic of the new “normal” that now defines college access. Moving beyond the hyperbole, this highly interactive workshop breaks down the process to provide a candid, insider’s look into admission decision-making within the context—and ever-evolving priorities—of strategic enrollment management.

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  • It Takes a Village to Enroll a Transfer Student

    The presenters will discuss the transfer admission recruitment cycle from first contact all the way through the first week of school. We will spend time talking about building partnerships and alliances with other school partners as well as across campus. In addition, we will discuss transfer trends, articulation agreements, pathway programs, stealth shoppers, transfer specific visit programs, affordability/financial aid, orientation and more. Plan on engaging, sharing, learning and networking in this highly interactive workshop!

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  • Mic Check: Enhance Your Public Speaking in 3 Hours

    Admission professionals are no stranger to the spotlight, often giving presentations to strangers once or twice a week (if not more). Learn some methods to better deliver information, ignore your fear and keep your audience engaged with every word.

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  • Run a College Essay Workshop that Works

    Learn how to run an effective college essay workshop, to help students transform their experiences into compelling stories that will help them catch the attention of admissions officers. We’ll begin with a templated curriculum and explore how to modify it to meet the unique needs of your school or organization. Participants will receive a comprehensive leader’s guide and student worksheets, focusing on the elements of the essay-writing process that work in a group setting. We will also discuss how to set learning objectives and expectations to ensure student success, given limited time and resources.

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  • Tools of the Trade

    This presentation is intended to "fill the toolboxes" of new or nearly new secondary school counselors with strategies, best practices, and effective counseling techniques to help guide students through the college admissions process. Workshop topics will include: how to create the ideal college counseling office, essential resources for providing effective college counseling services, writing impactful letters of recommendation, early decision and early action, standardized testing, financial aid updates, how admission decisions are made, mock admission exercise, the college essay, ethical issues in college counseling, the use of technology, and counseling the college-bound student-athlete.

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  • Unpacking the UK Undergraduate Application

    An increasing number of US students choose the United Kingdom for a high quality international college experience each year. Join the British Council, UK universities, and fellow college counsellors for a highly interactive session about university admissions in the UK.

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  • Using the College Admission Process to Foster Autonomy and Resilience in Students

    This workshop is based on ideas from Dr. Stixrud and Mr. Johnson’s book, The Self-Driven Child, and their recent article in U.S. News and World Report. The presenters will emphasize the importance of fostering a healthy sense of control in students, which is one of the most powerful ways to help them develop self-motivation, stress tolerance, and resilience. The main focus will be how school counselors can use the college search and application process to support the development of student autonomy. The presentation offers the perspectives of a neuropsychologist, a test-prep expert, and a counselor in an urban high school.

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  • Women at Work

    Whether you are a woman at work or support women at work, join us to discover your strengths, find your voice, use your passion and develop and lead more effectively. Learn alongside some of your admission counterparts and business professionals at varying levels of experience.

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  • Working with College-Bound Student-Athletes

    Working closely with college-bound student athletes? Attend this seminar to learn best-practices, policies and more with experts who know the recruitment process in and out.

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