Educational Sessions by Date and Time

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A Educational Sessions: Thursday, October 4; 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
B Educational Sessions: Friday, October 5; 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
C Educational Sessions: Friday, October 5; 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
D Educational Sessions: Friday, October 5; 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
E Educational Sessions: Saturday, October 6; 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
F Educational Sessions: Saturday, October 6; 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
G Educational Sessions: Saturday, October 6; 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

A Educational Sessions

Thursday, October 4
3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room:  Colorado Convention Center, 401
 
Review the findings of the 2012 ACT report, The Condition of College and Career Readiness, with a focus on implications for Hispanic high school graduates taking the test. Learn policies and practices that states, districts and schools can implement to systemically increase the percentage of students ready for college-level work, as well as best practices from both secondary and postsecondary institutions.
  • Juan Garcia, ACT, IA 
  • Isbelia Arzola, Iowa Department of Education, IA 
  • Daron Harris, Des Moines Area Community College, IA 
A2. Recruiting and Serving Veteran Populations Using Chapter 33 Military Benefits
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced 
Room:  Colorado Convention Center,105
 
As more armed services members return from overseas deployment or end their terms of service, many of them will begin their searches for two- and four-year-degree opportunities using the G.I. Bill benefits as a part of the new Chapter 33 package. Gain an understanding of these benefits, along with details of the Yellow Ribbon Campaign. Discuss methods for reviewing applications and evaluating transfer credits and re-examine how and where this wave of non-traditional applicants is entering the pool.
  • George Walls, Capitol College, MD 
  • Mark Sifford, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, DC
A3. Using Small Group Advisory Programs to Complement Your College Counseling Program
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C
 
Small group advisories have shown considerable promise in ensuring that all students have a connection with a staff person in their school. Many school counselors use the advisory format to deliver a comprehensive college counseling program in addition to traditional classroom guidance lessons, small group or individual delivery methods. Explore research supporting small group advisory activities as viable ways to deliver comprehensive college counseling programs. Learn how to start and maintain small group advisory programs for high school students and examine successful advisory programs in four diverse high schools. 
  • Robert Bardwell, Monson High School, MA 
  • Sara Kratzok, City on a Hill Charter Public School, MA 
  • Jayne Fonash, Academy of Science, VA 
  • Karen Rowe, The  Meadows School, NV 
A4. Where Are the Next Generation of Leaders in the Admission Profession?
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C - WEBCAST AVAILABLE!
 
Where will the next generation of admission professionals come from? How are generational trends affecting admission careers? Discuss varying career paths within the admission profession and understand the deciding factors behind hiring and advancement decisions within different organizations. Assess the recommended changes at the institutional level to address the changing landscape of admission professionals and consider how generational differences in management can operate within the profession. 
  • Vern Granger, The Ohio State University, OH 
  • Robert Patterson, Zinch, CA 
  • Angel Perez, Pitzer College, CA
  • David Burge, Arizona State University, AZ 
  • Amy Jarich, University of California-Berkeley
A5. ACAOPU Athletics Admission Best Practices Committee Report
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced 
Room:  Colorado Convention Center, 403
 
The flagship status and public mission of the Association of Chief Admissions Officers at Public Universities (ACAOPU), combined with membership in major athletic conferences, puts directors of admission in highly visible, high-stakes, sensitive roles. ACAOPU works collaboratively with athletic departments to ensure the process is fair and in compliance with the NCAA and ACAOPU's athletic conferences. Still, there are times when some athletic departments may be concerned they are at a disadvantage in the recruiting process due to institutional differences in policy and procedures, and they plead for a level playing field. Learn about the ACAOPU Athletic Best Practices Committee Report, created to minimize these perceived disadvantages, and develop recommendations to address concerns regarding high-profile college athletics not covered by the NCAA.
  • Scott Verzyl, University of South Carolina, Columbia 
  • Robert Barkley, Clemson University, SC
A6. Engaging Students in the College Preparation Process Through Games and Technology
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A
 
Receive an overview of game-based online college access tools available to practitioners and review research findings from a study examining the digital and college-going profiles of over 1,200 low-income youth. Conduct an in-depth look at a series of college access games, including a table-top game and a Facebook application developed at the University of Southern California, and discuss how games are being implemented at the classroom, program and regional levels.
  • Zoe Corwin, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, CA 
  • Diane Yoon, University of Southern California, CA 
  • Leslie Aaronson, Foshay Learning Center, CA 
  • Alison De Lucca, Southern California College Access Network, CA
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A

An increasing number of American undergraduate admission officers are visiting China with hopes of finding best-fit candidates for their programs. Unfortunately, the process is like looking for a needle in a haystack—education fairs and information sessions are often mobbed with prospects, but candidates who can speak English well and who can afford an overseas education are hard to find. Learn best practices for recruiting Chinese students interested in and able to afford overseas education. Review survey data that can be used to identify Chinese market segments, assess their viability and shape your international recruitment strategy.
  • John Evans, International School of Beijing, China
  • Sid Krommenhoek, Zinch, CA
  • Juana Alcala, University of Montana
  • David McCauley, Jr., Beijing National Day School, China
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203
 
First-generation rural students face unique challenges in the college search and admission process. Their families often are resistant to higher education; they often receive little or no college counseling; and they sometimes suffer from isolated locations. Discuss these challenges and identify best practices for assisting rural students in navigating the admission process. Learn why the presence of rural students is important to the diversity of a well-rounded college community.
  • Jennifer Kincaid, Greenhill School, TX 
  • Dawn Brown-Platt, Centre College, KY
  • Rick Sciacca, La Veta School District, CO 
A9. Creating Partnerships to Ensure Retention and Persistence of Multicultural, First-Generation Students
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301
 
Issues such as culture shock, homesickness and academic difficulties have the potential to negatively impact first-generation, multicultural students' higher education experiences, thus affecting retention and persistence rates. Gain practical strategies for creating, maintaining and utilizing partnerships between CBOs and postsecondary institutions to increase higher education retention and persistence rates for these students. Discuss The Nicolas Academic Center as a successful case study in building relationships with diversity affairs staff members, college admission officers and high school counselors to facilitate student transition and support their college-going experiences. 
  • Rosa Diaz, Nicholas Academic Centers, CA
  • Andrew McWell, Morningside College, IA
  • Janae Dimick, Nicholas Academic Centers, CA
  • Clint Gasaway, Wabash College, IN
  • Gerry Oxx, Godinez High School, CA
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1A
 
Capturing the array of international activity and data that impact a university's global engagement is a challenging, complex endeavor. Discuss strategies for using data-rich resources, including UCosmic, Open Doors, Enrollment Planning Service (EPS), and search engine optimization, to inform and enhance international planning strategies across the enrollment funnel. Develop practical approaches for taking advantage of the vast array of international involvement across a campus and learn how to coordinate efforts to forward institutional goals.
  • Martha Pitts, The College Board, CA
  • Mitch Leventhal, State University of New York (SUNY) System, NY 
  • Peggy Blumenthal, Institute of International Education, NY 
A11. Educating Your Stakeholders
Secondary Counseling Issues
Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3C
 
Share best practices for gaining the trust of stakeholders in the college admission process and effectively communicate the landscape and framework for decision-making. Discuss the role of Year-End Summary Reports, student and parent meetings and board presentations as vehicles for educating the larger community about issues surrounding higher education.
  • Darnell Heywood, Columbus Academy, OH 
  • Marie Bigham, Greenhill School, TX 
  • Eric Monheim, Sidwell Friends School, DC 
  • Tevera Stith, KIPP DC: Discover Academy, DC
  • Mary Hill, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, MN
A12. A Look at the 2012 Presidential Candidates
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3B
 
Debate the platforms of the 2012 presidential candidates with journalists covering the college admission profession. Examine the candidates’ outlook on education and how their proposed policies may affect the transition to postsecondary education.
  • David Hawkins, NACAC, VA 
  • Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, DC
  • Mary Beth Marklein, USA Today, VA
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110
 
For more than 30 years the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has produced Knocking at the College Door, the most comprehensive set of demographic data on future college enrollment demand. WICHE's report documents the number and racial/ethnic composition of high school graduating classes through 2021: vital information for postsecondary access and success policy and practice. Review preliminary figures from the report to be released in December 2012, discuss implications of the report on policy and practice and offer feedback on the value of the report directly to representatives of WICHE.
  • Brian Prescott, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), CA 
A14. Putting the Power of Admission Decisions in the Hands of the High School Counselor
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207
 
What would happen if a college allowed a high school counselor or someone from a community based organization to make admission decisions? Examine a pilot program initiated by a small, private college that places the power of admission in the hands of the individuals who best know the students and discuss outcomes of the program that demonstrate that historically underrepresented student populations, who otherwise would not have been accepted, are thriving in college.
  • Anne Hopkins Gross, Southern Vermont College, VT
  • Ellen Cutler Levy, Yonkers Partners in Education, NY
  • Courtney Winkfield, Academy of Young Writers, NY 
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104
 
Learn about a recent initiative from the White House, Department of Education and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that allows prospective students to compare financial aid offers from different colleges. Discover how early-adopting institutions plan to use this new tool and hear about perceived student benefits in the college application process.
  • Matt Drake, NACAC, VA
  • Kent Hopkins, Arizona State University, AZ
  • David Borus, Vassar College, NY
  • Keyana Scales, North Carolina A&T State University, NC
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 405
 
As college tuition increases and financial aid declines, college students are in dire need of scholarships and grant aid to cover the cost of attendance and minimize their debt burdens. Students spend many hours filling out scholarship applications in an effort to get money for college. Examine the barriers students face in applying for scholarships and learn how the Scholar Snapp™ Solution is streamlining the application process by allowing students to apply for scholarships online and then automatically re-using that information for other scholarship applications. Identify the scholarship organizations able to receive applications via Scholar Snapp™.
  • Amy Weinstein, National Scholarship Providers Association, CO
  • Katy Craig, Boettcher Foundation, CO 
  • Cathy Makunga, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, CA 

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B Educational Sessions

Friday, October 5
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

B1. Understanding and Using the NCAA International Standards Guide
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1A
 
Understand how initial freshman eligibility is determined for students with international education and review the types of documents that denote secondary school graduation throughout the world. Discuss the development of and the updates to the NCAA International Standards Guide and learn how the NCAA interprets grading scales and calculates grade-point averages for international students.
  • Michael Donahue, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), IN 
B2. Research Meets Practice for Young Adults With Mental Illnesses
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A
 
Gain an understanding of the challenges that young adults with mental illnesses face as they transition from high school to postsecondary education and discuss strategies to address these challenges. Through research and personal experiences shared by the presenters, identify resources and support systems that serve as integral components of the process to stability and recovery. A recent college graduate with bipolar disorder will share her experiences completing her degree, including medical leaves, hospitalizations and much coordination with her college. Her mother, a professor in special education and researcher in the area of transitioning students with disabilities, will share the insights she gained while traveling this journey.
  • Cinda Johnson, Seattle University, WA
  • Linea Johnson, Harborview Medical Center, WA 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104
 
The number of non-English-speaking students applying to US universities has been increasing steadily. Learn how to interpret TOEFL scores and share strategies for using this information to assist students in selecting universities that match their English-language abilities. Examine TOEFL requirements and discuss how universities use scores in making admission decisions.
  • Teresa Axe, Educational Testing Service (ETS), NJ 
  • Eric Maloof, Trinity University, TX 
  • Ray Marx, Colegio Americano de Quito, Ecuador 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3C
 
International student recruitment is becoming integral to the financial health of many institutions. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly complex and competitive to recruit students in an environment of emerging channels like social media and controversial channels like agents. Share best practices for achieving international recruitment goals in a cost-effective manner, including setting recruitment priorities and executing a strategy to deliver results. Understand international student recruitment channels in the context of student decision-making processes, cost and benefits.
  • Rahul Choudaha, World Education Services, NY 
  • Marty Bennett, EducationUSA/Institute of International Education, DC 
  • Aimee Thostenson, St. Catherine University, MN 
  • David Joiner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 403
 
Discuss cultural concepts, contemporary issues and social values with the largest impact on Chinese student recruitment, retention and integration. Develop a strategy for successful interaction and relationship-building with parents, educators and education professionals in China and discover resources for promoting campus-wide internationalization.
  • Karen Christensen, Berkshire Publishing Group, MA
  • Haiwang Yuan, Western Kentucky University, KY
  • Jingyu Wang, University of Notre Dame, IN 
B6. Effective Practices for Collaboration Between School and Independent Counselors
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A
While school counselors and independent counselors have typically worked with students independently, some counselors have seen the value of collaboration among the two professions. By pooling their resources and multiplying their brainpower, these counselors have created positive outcomes for their shared applicants. Consider the roles of school and independent counselors and discuss strategies for forming partnerships between them. Learn best practices for open communication between counselors to maximize student success and understand how collaboration among professionals with different backgrounds and advising styles can enhance counseling and improve admission outcomes. 
  • Lee Stetson, Stetson College Advisory, PA 
  • Jon Reider, San Francisco University High School, CA 
  • Katherine Cohen, IvyWise, LLC, NY 
  • Meridith Welch, The American School in London, England 
B7. FAFSA Completion + High School Diploma = College Enrollment
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 401
 
Colorado is one of the first states in the nation to track FAFSA completion by high school and district to help inform potential projections of college enrollment for higher education professionals, administrators and counselors. The state's push towards a college-going culture in all schools and for all students is supported by the FAFSA Completion Project. Learn how colleges can participate in the National FAFSA Completion Project in partnership with the US Department of Education and use these data to inform enrollment, retention and matriculation. This session is framed by research conducted by Chicago Public Schools and H&R block, examining the positive correlation between completion of the FAFSA and college enrollment. 
  • Misti Ruthven, Colorado Department of Education, CO 
  • Cori Canty Woessner, Denver Public Schools, CO 
B8. A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Naviance From Both Sides of the Desk
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C
 
Admission officers: Have you ever wondered what it takes for a counselor to prepare and send all the documents you request to complete a student’s application? Counselors: Do you know what the university has to do once the documents have been sent electronically? Get a behind-the-scenes look at how secondary counselors and admission officers interface with Naviance and Docufide platforms to support students in the college search process and document reception. View screen shots of Naviance and Docufide administrative screens and functions and offer suggestions and feedback directly to members of the Naviance team.
  • Aaron Andersen, University of British Columbia, Canada 
  • Susan Hallenbeck, Naviance, VA 
  • Todd Fleming, 'Iolani School, HI 
  • Mark Khan, Babson College, MA 
B9. How to Increase Your Enrollment by Increasing Score Sender Activity
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center,405

Research suggests that sending scores early can increase college-going rates—especially among first-generation, low-income and minority students—by making students more visible and recruitable. However, there is a continuing trend of fewer students sending scores to colleges and universities using their free score reports. Discuss the efforts of states and institutions to increase the number of students sending test scores to postsecondary institutions. Learn about current test-taking and score-sender patterns and the relationship between score-sending behaviors and eventual college enrollment.
  • Michael Hovland, ACT, IA
  • Kevin Morris, The College Board, NY
  • James Cotter, Michigan State University, MI
  • Scott Verzyl, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Robert M. Quist, Salem High School, MA  
B10. Collaborating to Address the Information Needs of Prospective College Students
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301

Discuss the results of a collaborative effort between the Lumina Foundation for Education, Education Conservancy, Consumers Union, and NACAC to improve the college selection process for students. Explore research findings, policy recommendations and the creation of a student guide to selecting colleges.
  • Lloyd Thacker, The Education Conservancy, OR
  • Charles Bell, Consumers Union, NY
  • David Hawkins, NACAC, VA
B11. Completing Winning Applications
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C - WEBCAST AVAILABLE!
 
Using data from the 2010 NACAC Admission Trends Survey on what truly matters in the college admission process, share best practices for controlling and maximizing the white space of an application and learn the right questions to ask both students and parents to create strong letters of recommendation. Discuss the differences between teacher and counselor letters of recommendation, identify effective methods to brainstorm essay topics, and discover how to successfully seek input from students and their families to create unique letters and comprehensive activities resumes to build an application that accurately represents the student to any admission committee.
  • Alice Robertson, Chantilly High School, VA 
  • Melinda DeMaria, University of Georgia 
  • Robyn Lady, Chantilly High School, VA 

B12. Occupy Campus 2012: The Inherent Conflict Between Regulating Campus Life and Free Speech
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center,105

Explore the unique challenges that arise when institutions of higher education recruit, challenge and foster matriculants who represent a wide and diverse population and are expected to be involved in the events of the day and the community. The consequences that flow from molding a campus community in a time of great political and social activism place extraordinary strains on the institution's ability to honor its fundamental goals of intellectual growth and social expansion, while maintaining a tolerant, safe and open campus life. Consider issues such as the frequent conflict between multicultural and diversity programs and campus power structures that may not appear equitable; when student free speech becomes volatile or hostile speech; the effect of on-campus blogging, gossip sites and cyberbullying on Internet and Intranet communication vehicles; off-campus conduct that has on-campus consequences, such as arrests for political or social protest activities; and defining appropriate boundaries for interactions between the campus and the surrounding community. 

  • Art Beck, Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky, S.C., WI
  • Alan Brownstein, University of California–Davis
B13. The New Reality for Public Universities
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207
 
Over the past two decades, states have greatly reduced the amount of funding for public colleges and universities, with the trend accelerating recently due to the current economic and political environment. As a result of this fiscal belt-tightening, more public institutions are using entrepreneurial strategies to increase enrollment and meet budgetary goals. Discuss the impact a reduction in funding has had on universities and students and hear tactics used by public institutions to meet enrollment goals and further institutional missions, including implementing new recruitment and marketing initiatives, using available scholarship and financial aid dollars and increasing student retention and persistence.
  • Paul Hamborg, Enrollment Research Associates, TX
  • Michael Kabbaz, Miami University, OH 
  • Kimberly Scranage, Shepherd University, WV 
  • Kevin Kucera, Eastern Michigan University, MI
B14. Building a Strong Jewish Profile on Your Campus and Effectively Recruiting Jewish Students to Your Institution
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110
 
How does a college build a reputation for being a good fit for Jewish students? Discuss the long-term strategies and institutional commitments necessary for growing a Jewish campus and building a reputation for being a good fit for Jewish students. Identify tools used to support an institution’s reputation as a good fit for Jewish students, including enrollment management, public relations, marketing, student and academic affairs, and institutional advancement.
  • Steven Mercer, Shalhevet High School, CA 
  • Matthew Ward, California Lutheran University, CA 
  • Debra Geiger, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, DC   
  • Melissa Falk, Muhlenberg College, PA 
  • Timothy Brunold, University of Southern California, CA 

B15. Best Practices from a Pre-College Summer Writing Program: Preparing Underrepresented Students to Successfully Transition to the University and Engage in Campus Life
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203

Research has shown that students who attend low-income urban schools are frequently unprepared for college. Share best practices for effectively preparing underrepresented students for successful transition to university life based on the University of Southern California’s SummerTIME Program curriculum. Discuss the unique issues facing underrepresented students as they transition to a four-year university, learn how to partner with higher education institutions and apply aspects of the SummerTIME model in your own organization.

  • Zoe Corwin, University of Southern California, CA
  • Victor Garcia, College Access Foundation of California, CA
  • Lynda McGee, Downtown Magnets High School, CA
  • Diane Yoon, University of Southern California, CA

B16. Students Going Through the College Process Alone
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3B

Many students are on their own in the college process—responsible for their own applications, coordinating and submitting financial documents, working with admission offices, and enrolling. Identify the profile and needs of students navigating the college admission process without parental support and discuss methods of assisting this population as they transition to higher education. Develop an understanding of the causes of parental disengagement in the college process and tools to counteract their effects.

  • Fran Cubberley, Delaware County Community College, PA
  • Lisa Sohmer, Garden School, NY
  • Nancy Caine, St. Augustine High School, CA
  • Richard Alvarez, The City University of New York
 
 
Friday, October 5
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
C1. Girls Will Be Girls: Working With a Generation of Over-Achieving Pleasers
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A
 
Explore research surrounding the pressures affecting high school girls and share best practices for working collaboratively with young women through the unique difficulties they face. Identify the negative impact of perfectionism on girls throughout the college application process, and provide strategies to re-frame and lessen the perfectionist tendencies that can impede the college application experience. Investigate the myriad ways girls seek perfection and offer concrete tools to help counselors and girls define excellence and seek a healthy framework.
  • Heath Einstein, Texas Christian University, TX 
  • Anne Pabst, Convent of the Visitation School, MN 
  • Mariandl Hufford, Center for the Advancement of Girls, PA
  • Cassandra Geiger, Schuler Scholar Program, IL 
  • Rachelle Gough, Conestoga High School,  PA 
C2. Federal Student Aid Resources From Start to Finish
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 405
Handout 1
Learn how the US Department of Education’s newly overhauled website, publications, Web tools (such as calculators and search tools), new media, and interactive Q&A can help students through the financial aid lifecycle. Hear updates on federal student aid programs and provide feedback on resources provided for high school counselors and the new student site. This session will highlight the Phase One changes of the new student site.
  • Cindy Forbes Cameron, US Department of Education, DC
  • John Gritts, US Department of Education, DC
C3. Aligning College Curriculum With Student Interests and Abilities
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 403

One function of enrollment managers is to advise faculty and academic administrators about how the college's curriculum (majors, degrees, courses) fits the needs and capabilities of prospective students. Examine ACT research on how student career interests and choice of intended major are related to academic ability and gender. Learn best practices for advising faculty on how the college curriculum fits the needs and interests of the students who enroll and the students the institution is best equipped to serve. 
  • Michael Hovland, ACT, IA
  • Jay Goff, Saint Louis University, MO
  • Rick Smith, Northland College, WI
  • Brent Gage, University of Alabama at Birmingham   
C4. Demystifying the Public University Admission Process
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203
 
In 2008, more than 7 million students were enrolled at a public, four-year institution, yet most of the media attention on the college application process focuses on small number of private, highly-selective institutions. As a result, public university admission practices are often misunderstood by students and parents. Gain insight into admission and scholarship practices at three public universities, focusing on factors that matter most in the decision-making process. Apply newly-learned admission criteria to student case studies and learn how to successfully articulate admission and scholarship standards for public universities in a counseling session.
  • David Burge, Arizona State University, AZ 
  • Nathan Fuerst, University of Connecticut 
  • Amber Hunter, University of Nebraska—Lincoln 
C5. How Are Net Price Calculators Adding Up One Year Later?
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301
 
Although much public attention is focused on rising college tuition, most students do not end up paying the full sticker price. To give students more timely information about their costs after grant aid, colleges are currently required to post net price calculators on their Web sites. By providing early, individualized estimates of how much they’ll need to save, earn or borrow to attend a particular school, net price calculators can make it much easier for students to figure out which colleges they can afford—before they have to decide where to apply. Discuss how well these tools are currently serving prospective college students, identify the issues students encountered and learn specific ways that colleges and counselors can best create and use net price calculators to support students in making informed decisions about college.
  • Diane Cheng, The Institute for College Access & Success, CA
  • Alexandra Chewning, The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS), MA
  • Karen Cooper, Stanford University, CA
  • Eva Maria Garza-Nyer, Austin High School, TX 

C6. Helping Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Access Higher Education
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 105

Unaccompanied homeless youth face hurdles accessing services and resources their peers often take for granted. Consider the unique needs of this population as they transition to higher education. Discuss the national models and long-term implications outlined in the McKinney-Vento Act and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) and learn how enrollment management professionals can help these students navigate the postsecondary education system.
  • Misti Ruthven, Colorado Department of Education, CO
  • Dana Scott, Colorado Department of Education, CO
  • Shawn Murphy, University of Denver, CO  

C7. Exploring How to Measure and Build Students’ Non-Cognitive Skills to Increase College Persistence
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A

Many urban charter schools have demonstrated the potential for raising the achievement and college matriculation rates of students of color primarily from low-income, underserved backgrounds. Despite enormous levels of support, far too many of these students do not complete college, even students who seemed academically prepared. Framed by the results of a two-year, Gates Foundation-sponsored study on non-cognitive skills and their role in students’ college persistence, explore how non-cognitive skills are being measured, what preliminary results show about college success prediction and what some high schools are doing to build students’ persistence skills. Learn about psychological interventions currently being designed and hear research-based strategies to develop student perseverance skills and improve college enrollment and graduation outcomes.
  • Donald Kamentz, YES Prep Public Schools, TX
  • Laura Keane, Mastery Charter Schools, PA
  • Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania  

C8. Communicating Their Stories: Strategies to Help Students Write Powerful College Application Essays
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C

In 2011, admission officers ranked college essays as the top qualitative measure in the college admission process. These essays help students communicate their unique voices and stories and, therefore, become three dimensional to admission officers. Brainstorm ways to help students craft powerful college application essays that reflect core qualities not evident in the application and integrate essay writing into English or advisory classrooms, counseling sessions and workshops. Critique essays to learn strategies to coach students through essay writing.

  • Rebecca Joseph, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rebecca Cullen, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, VA
  • Erica Sanders, University of Michigan
  • Jessie Hill, Yale University, C&

C9. NCAA Eligibility Center - Beginners
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104

Designed for the counselor with a limited understanding of the NCAA Eligibility Center, gain practical tools and critical information regarding key terms and definitions, basic academic and amateur initial-eligibility requirements and practical ways school counselors can help students through the eligibility process. This session is endorsed by the NCAA.

  • Nick Sproull, NCAA Eligibility Center, IN
  • Lisa Roesler, NCAA Eligibility Center, IN

C10. The State of Affirmative Action: The Potential Impact of Fisher vs. University of Texas
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C - WEBCAST AVAILABLE!

Consider the possible rulings of the Supreme Court case, Fisher vs. University of Texas and examine long-term implications of the ruling on public and private educational institutions. Review the legal history of affirmative action and discuss the status of state-level initiatives.

  • Jay Rosner, The Princeton Review Foundation, CA
  • Ralph Figueroa, Albuquerque Academy, NM
  • Theodore Spencer, University of Michigan 

C11. Effectively Recruiting Students Who Are a Good Financial Fit
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3C

Discuss qualities a college or university can offer to motivate students to choose their institution beyond merit scholarships. Share best practices for appropriately and efficiently communicating with out-of-state students and those who would be a good fit both academically and financially. Learn ways to engage students who would be a good financial fit without increasing outreach budgets.  For the secondary response to topics broached during this session, please stay for the educational session in the D block immediately following this session.

  • Alex Stepien, Cappex, IL
  • Fred Pfursich, Whittier College, CA
  • Stacey Kostell, University of Illinois
  • Dan Lundquist, The Sage Colleges, NY
  • Beth Post-Lundquist, Skidmore College, NY

C12. Black Men Speak on Application of Non-Cognitive and Academic Variables to Prepare Students for College and Career Success
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110

Develop model practices and partnership strategies to effectively support and guide students of color, with particular focus on young black men, to achieve success at the secondary, college, graduate school, and professional levels. Learn how to apply non-cognitive and evaluation points to both increase access to college for underrepresented students and prepare students for college and career success.

  • Kevin C. Hudson, District of Columbia Public Schools, DC 
  • Rodney Morrison, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ
  • Bryan G. Nance, Johns Hopkins University, MD 
  • Jason D. Hamilton, Arkansas Commitment, AR 
  • Christopher D. Miller, Glenelg Country School, MD 

C13. How Recent Trends in China Illuminate Emerging Opportunities in Asia and Beyond
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center,401

Identify critical factors impacting students within established Asian markets and compare these factors among other countries, including Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Turkey, and Brazil. Explore ways in which a close analysis of China's recent student mobility explosion offers keys to approaching other opportunities in the region. Share practical examples for reaching, attracting and retaining international students and discuss ways to implement these approaches within an integrated international engagement strategy.
  • Martha Pitts, The College Board, CA 
  • Stephanie Balmer, Dickinson College, PA 
  • Timothy Brunold, University of Southern California, CA 
  • Eric Maloof, Trinity University, TX
  • Adele Brumfield, University of Wisconsin-Madison

C14. The Impact of Social Media in Shaping a University's Global Identity
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207

Why do students in China prefer video streaming over other platforms? How do Indian students search for American universities? Gain insight into global trends in the rapidly evolving social media landscape, including the role of rankings, Web metrics associated with international students, search engine optimization strategies, and emerging lead generation platforms. Learn how to develop a communication strategy that draws upon the strengths and unique qualities of your institution and examine case studies for effectively positioning your university to an international audience.

  • David Joiner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Henry Broaddus, College of William & Mary, VA
  • Shaun McElroy, Shanghai American School, China
  • Clay Hensley, The College Board, NY
  • Matt McGann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
C15. What Admission Directors Think: Results of a New Survey on Hot Issues in the Field
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3B
 
Receive an overview of results from a 2012 Inside Higher Ed study on views of admission directors regarding key issues, including recruitment goals, discount rates, affirmative action, diversity, and international recruitment. Discuss the significance of the results and offer suggestions for future survey questions directly to representatives of Inside Higher Ed.
  • Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, DC
  • David Hawkins, NACAC, VA 
  • Andrew Flagel, Brandeis University, MA 
  • Fran Cubberley, Delaware County Community College, PA

C16. Balancing Individual Integrity and Institutional Needs
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile high 1A

Join NACAC’s Admission Practices Committee to examine three current issues challenging the profession, including score reporting options, such as test-optional institutions dropping low-scoring data from their profiles and using super scores to improve high school and college profiles; institutions requesting early housing deposits in advance of May 1; and reporting accurate information from students, high schools and colleges. Audience participation will be key.
  • Tom Weede, Butler University, IN 
  • Michael Acquilano, Staten Island Academy, IL
  • Tony Bankston, Illinois Wesleyan University, IL
  • Judith Berg, Judith Berg Associates, NJ
  • Scott Chrysler, Episcopal School of Acadiana, LA
  • Gail Sherron, University of Kansas  
  • Misty Whelan, Conestoga High School, PA

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Friday, October 5
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301
 
How do counselors effectively explain a student’s life story? What is appropriate context and what shares too much about a student’s personal life? Learn how to craft letters of recommendation for low-income, first-generation college applicants that successfully convey the environment in which students learn and operate. Discuss the role of context in college admission and share examples of successful letters that advocate for applicants without overstepping appropriate boundaries.
  • Robert Andrews, Schuler Scholar Program, IL 
  • Carlos Jimenez, Colorado State University, CO 
  • Jami Silver, Loomis Chaffee School, CT 
  • Johanna Farrar Seltzer, Bates College, ME 
  • Donald Kamentz, Yes Prep Public Schools, TX 

D2. Common App Preview and Feedback: 2012–13 and Beyond
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A

Discuss changes to the 2012–13 Common Application and hear a progress report on the development of the next-generation Common Application, to launch in summer 2013. Understand the needs and concerns of counselors and students regarding the application process and offer suggestions and feedback directly to members of the Common Application Board and staff.
  • Scott Anderson, The Common Application, TN 
  • Rob Killion, The Common Application, VA  

D3. How to Secure Leadership Positions in Enrollment Management
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207

Consider key strategies for preparing and creating a career track for leadership positions in enrollment management. Discuss tips for identifying and working with mentors, making appropriate contacts within the industry and resume-building in a manner appealing to higher education decision-makers. Learn how to make informed career decisions with an eye toward landing a leadership role in enrollment management.
  • John Sullivan, Eckerd College, FL 
  • John Dysart, The Dysart Group, Inc., NC 
  • Mark Petty, Iowa Wesleyan College, IA 
  • David Waggoner, University of Baltimore, MD 

D4. Supporting a College-Going Culture at Urban and Rural City High Schools
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1A

Students whose parents never attended college usually are uninformed about the college preparation and application process. Examine the vehicles by which high schools facilitate college enrollment among low-income students aspiring to obtain four-year degrees. Explore the role of research-based programs, such as advisory and college readiness courses embedded within the school curriculum, that foster a college-going culture and increase student achievement. ard landing a leadership role in enrollment management.
  • Janneth Johnson, Green Dot Public Schools, CA
  • Marisol Flores-Henderson, IDEA College Preparatory, TX
  • Vincena Allen, The SEED Foundation, DC
  • Kerry Richardson, The SEED School, DC
  • Megan Manna, Pritzker College Prep, IL

D5. FAFSA for Beginners
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110

Handout 1

Handout 2

Learn the FAFSA application process—from PIN to award letter—and become familiar with its questions, including the differences between dependent and independent students. Understand how to help students with special circumstances. This session is most appropriate for counselors new to helping students with financial aid.enrollment management.
  • Cindy Forbes Cameron, US Department of Education, DC 
  • John Gritts, US Department of Education, DC 

D6. Helping Students Find and Win Private Scholarships
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3B

Private scholarships help students succeed in college by reducing their loan and work burdens. When students win prestigious national scholarships, the schools' reputations are enhanced. Gain tools and resources to help students improve their chances of winning private scholarships and fellowships. Share effective outreach methods for increasing the number of students applying for private scholarships and learn best practices for mentoring and advising students as they navigate the application process.
  • Mark Kantrowitz, Fastweb.com, PA 

D7. Navigating a Presidential Transition: What to Expect and How to Make the Most of a Change in Leadership
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 401

An institution’s president or chancellor often shapes the climate, goals and priorities for the campus. After several years on a given trajectory, a change in leadership at the top can be difficult. Identify best practices for successfully navigating a presidential change at your institution. Discuss strategies for anticipating change, approaching new leadership, outlining expectations, and building a positive working relationship between your enrollment manager and president.
  • Stephanie Chipman, Illinois College, IL 
  • Stacey Kostell, University of Illinois
  • Katherine Haley, Witt/Kieffer Higher Education Practice, IL
  • Bruce Marich, Brookdale Community College, NJ 
  • Tom Weede, Butler University, IN

D8. A National Picture of the Transition and Postsecondary School Outcomes of Youth With Disabilities
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 105

The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2), funded by the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, is a 10-year study of the characteristics, experiences and outcomes of a nationally representative sample of youth with disabilities in each of the 12 federal special education categories who received special education services in grades 7–12 in the 2000–01 school year. Using final data from the study, understand the challenges of the postsecondary education environment by youth with varied disabilities in comparison with that of their peers. Learn the extent to which youth with disabilities enroll in postsecondary schools compared with that of their peers and the experiences of those enrolled in postsecondary schools, including the intensity of their enrollment, courses of student, support services received, and completion rates.

  • Phyllis Levine, Education Maven, WA
  • Cinda Johnson, Seattle University, WA
D9. NCAA Eligibility Center - Advanced
Secondary Counseling Issues
Advanced

Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203

Designed for the counselor with an intermediate to advanced understanding of the NCAA Eligibility Center, receive an in-depth look at the core-course review process, a comprehensive discussion about nontraditional courses and an overview of important changes for the class of 2015. This session is endorsed by the NCAA.

  • Nick Sproull,  NCAA Eligibility Center, IN 
  • Lisa Roesler, NCAA Eligibility Center, IN 

D10. Leveraging Communication Channels to Effectively Engage Students at Each Stage of the Enrollment Process
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile high 3C

Evaluate findings from a nationwide survey of admission and marketing professionals about how they communicate with list buys and prospective students—from inquiry to deposit. Discuss which channels receive the highest results (direct mail, email, online, phone), how messaging is segmented (geographic, majors) and what offers are available for future engagement. Learn high-level strategies and receive examples of specific campaigns, including relevant statistics and results.
  • Robert Rosenbloom, CollegeWeekLive, MA
  • Emily Engelschall, University of California, Riverside 
  • Joyce  L. Lantz, University of Notre Dame, IN 
  • Nathanial Hancock, ZInch, CA
  • David Pierre, St. John's University, NY 

D11. The Reality of College and Career Readiness
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A

Examine the results of ACT’s report, The Reality of College and Career Readiness, for the graduating classes of 2010 and 2011 and revisit the cohorts to examine their academic trajectory based on demographics, college plans, high school academic performance, and expressed interests/needs. Discuss policies and practices used to increase both student readiness and success in postsecondary education.
  • Steve Kappler, ACT,  IA 
  • Jay Goff, Saint Louis University, MO 

D12. Infusing a Caring Climate on Your Campus
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 403

Learn how to create a caring climate by empowering students to reach out to peers who face challenging times before they fall prey to absenteeism, dropping grades and discipline problems through the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team (Believe It Or Not I Care). View information, examples and video clips about this internationally recognized, award-winning organization on high school and college campuses and discuss ways in which the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team can become an ancillary branch of the services offered by counseling and admission offices.
  • Sandy Austin, Green Mountain High School, CO 
  • Gage Crispe, University of Denver, CO
  • Noha Kikhia, Green Mountain High School, CO
  • Ernie Navarette, Red Rocks Community College, CO 

D13. The Impact of Teenage Brain Development on the College Counseling and Admission Process
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C

Explore the brain development of adolescents and its impact on the structure of a college counseling program. Address issues, including toxic stress, sleep deprivation, testing, and the role of emotion in teenage decision-making and refine methods and language used to help teenagers navigate the college admission process.
  • Judy Muir, Harvard University, MA
  • Bill Fitzsimmons, Harvard University, MA

D14. An Update on NACAC's Commission on International Student Recruitment
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 405

NACAC’s Commission on International Student Recruitment has conducted two formal meetings and six months of background research in an attempt to develop recommendations on some of the thorniest issues raised by the recruitment of international students. Issues on the commission’s agenda include barriers to the recruitment of international students, ethics and integrity in international recruitment and identifying and developing resources to assist institutions in the recruitment of students from other countries. Receive updates on the commission's work and offer suggestions and feedback directly to commission members.
  • David Hawkins, NACAC, VA
  • Phillip Ballinger, University of Washington

D15. Social Media Guidelines: How to Create the Most Effective Policy for Your College or University
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104

With so many channels for social media engagement, an explicit policy or set of guidelines for official social media usage is an essential component of any institution’s ongoing social media strategy. Understand the foundation of a successful social media policy and discuss guidelines that will facilitate social media growth and development at your institution. Identify emerging trends in social media policy, learn the difference between a policy and a guideline and share best practices for communicating guidelines and policies to colleagues, students and faculty.
  • Dean Tsouvalas, StudentAdvisor.com, MA
  • Emily Forbes, University of Denver, CO
  • Daniel Grayson, Tufts University, MA
  • Dan Creasy, Emory University, GA

D16. The Admission Lexicon: How Colleges Speak to Students and Families and What They Hear
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C - WEBCAST AVAILABLE!

What language do we use in the admission process to present our policies and decisions to students and parents and what could it mean to students and parents? Clarify language used during the admission process and discuss efforts to standardize and define the wide range of terminology within the admission lexicon to facilitate communication and build relationships.
  • Nancy Beane, The Westminster Schools, GA
  • Wade LaFontaine, University of Georgia
  • Kiffani Irby, University of South Florida, FL
  • Rachelle Hernandez, University of Minnesota
  • Kelly Cox, University of Michigan

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E Educational Sessions

Saturday, October 6
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Room: Colorado Convention Center, 405
 
With only 30.4 percent of all Americans over the age of 25 and 19.9 percent of African Americans holding a college degree, it is the responsibility of colleges, high schools and CBOs to ensure that minority students are enrolling, persisting and graduating from college. Explore the role of collaboration between high schools, CBOs and colleges in increasing college enrollment and retention rates for underserved and underrepresented college-bound students. Discuss resources needed to create a college-going culture in your school or organization and leave with strategies for how CBOs, high schools and colleges can work together to achieve high college acceptance and retention results.
  • Sanjay Mitchell, Thurgood Marshall Academy, DC
  • Nicole Smith, DC College Success Foundation, DC
  • Emma Levine, Thurgood Marshall Academy, DC
  • Karen Felton, The George Washington University, DC

E2. Using Research to Inform Practice
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104

Interpret the results and examine the methodology behind The High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) created by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). Based on data gathered regarding counselor participation in student decision-making, assess the role and influence of counselors in facilitating college choice and enrollment, as well as how the research findings may be utilized to make changes within your organization.
  • Aliza Gilbert, Highland Park High School, IL 
  • Rob Andrews, Schuler Scholar Program, IL
  • Renee Bischoff, Hawken School, OH 
  • Mark Engberg, Loyola University Chicago, IL

E3. Beyond Admission
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate

Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C

Many students, parents and counselors believe that test scores are used only for admission decisions. In fact, they are used throughout the enrollment process to build prospect pools, help place students in freshman courses and provide valuable data for understanding how students persist. Gain a deeper understanding of enrollment management by examining the tools and strategies that support institutions' enrollment goals. Share recommendations for secondary counselors to better inform students and parents about increasing their visibility and chances of being recruited.

  • James Nondorf, University of Chicago, IL 
  • Jarrid Whitney, California Institute of Technology, CA 
  • Yvonne Da Silva, The College Board, NY 
  • Canh Oxelson, Horace Mann School, NY 

E4. Supporting the Case for Western Regional Representatives
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 401

Framed by data reported in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) report, Knocking at the College Door, learn the value of regional representation in the West. Discover the reasoning behind the decision of three Midwestern institutions to employ Western regional representatives and the impact of the decision on application numbers and cost savings.
  • Todd Malone, Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Rae-Anne Mena, Xavier University, OH
  • Andrea Hendrickson, Lawrence University, WI
  • Jennifer Motzer, Lake Forest College, IL

E5. LD/ADHD Comprehensive Support Programs: What Are They, Who Needs Them and How Do We Talk to Families About Them?
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center,Mile High 3B

Three levels of support exist for students with learning disabilities: basic, legally-mandated accommodations; more enhanced levels of services; and the comprehensive support program. How do we know which type of support is appropriate for individual students? Explore comprehensive support programs for students with LD/ADHD and identify students who would benefit most from enrolling in such programs. Learn how to identify a good fit between a student and college or university with a support program and share best practices for discussing with families these types of programs and the services they provide.
  • Hannah Serota, McLean School, MD 
  • Marcy Ritzert, Muskingum University, OH 
  • Jimmie Smith, University of Denver, CO 
  • David Cillo, University of Arizona  
  • Rachel Masson, Landmark College, VT

E6. How Understanding Student Behavior Leads to Practical Strategies for Engaging Students in College Planning
Secondary Counseling Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A

What does the guidance concept "college fit" mean to students? Evaluate trends, survey results and student videos highlighting student engagement and behavior during the college planning process and discuss the impact of social media on student decision-making. Share practical strategies, challenges and resources to help professionals engage and guide students in the college admission process.

  • Lloyd Thacker, The Education Conservancy, OR
  • Marty O’Connell, Colleges That Change Lives, MD
  • Roy Ben-Yoseph, The College Board, VA 

E7. Fly-In and Visit Programs for First-Generation and Multicultural Students
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3C

Fly-in and visit programs can yield tremendous results for colleges and universities in their recruitment of multicultural and first-generation students. Learn best practices for communicating with high school counselors about college visits and fly-in programs for first-generation and underrepresented students and gain insight on how to afford and administrate college overnight visit programs.

  • Alexandra Economou, Center for Student Opportunity, MD
  • Amy Lareau, Colorado College, CO
  • Karen Richardson, Tufts University, MA
  • Brandi Smith, Vanderbilt University, TN

E8. What You Need to Know About Recruiting in India and How EducationUSA Can Assist
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A

According to Open Doors 2011, India continues to be the second-largest country sending international students to the US, with 14,004 undergraduate students from India studying in the US during the 2010–11 academic year. Receive an overview of the educational system in India and gain insights from EducationUSA staff based in India regarding the postsecondary expectations of students and parents. Learn how in-person and virtual services and resources of the US Department of State-supported EducationUSA Advising Centers throughout India assist undergraduate institutions with their recruitment plans in India.

  • Diane Weisz Young, EducationUSA, DC
  • Michael Elgarico, California Lutheran University, CA

E9. Understanding the Role of Cross-Cultural Communication and Intelligence on Effective College Counseling of International Students
Secondary Counseling Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1A

As we continue to operate more globally, developing our intercultural effectiveness is more important than ever. Framed by the results of a two-year research study on intercultural competence of admission counselors, consider the relationship between intercultural relations and effective communication, measure cultural intelligence and discuss the nuances between language and communication. Learn how effective mastery of intercultural communication can increase the quality of working relationships between counselors, international students and families.

  • Syam Chandra, TransWebGlobal, Canada
  • Shajid Merchant, EDUKRAFT, India

E10. Mastering the Art of Video Storytelling for Effective Student Recruitment
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207

Explore the role of video as a key part of a comprehensive social media strategy, discuss methods to propagate video through multiple channels and share strategies for tailoring video content to reach different target audiences. Review case studies and market research to outline effective uses for video in the student recruitment process.

  • Rebecca Wiseman, The University of Tulsa, OK
  • Jonathan Wexler, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ
  • Jonathan Steele, GDA Integrated Services, MA 
  • Drew Rifkin, University of Delaware 

E11. The Not-So Lazy Days of Summer: Understanding the Impact of Summer College Counseling Interventions on Postsecondary Outcomes
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110

No longer part of their high school community and yet-to-be active members of a specific postsecondary institution, low-income students may lack access to quality support after high school graduation. Isolation from professional support is particularly problematic for first-generation students, whose extended networks may lack experience with the college process. Discuss the challenges facing low-income students in the period between high school graduation and college matriculation. Review results from three experimental research studies examining the effectiveness of summer college counseling on postsecondary attainment and gain strategies to prevent 11th-hour attrition from a population already primed for college.

  • Alexandra Chewning, The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS), MA
  • Laura Owen, Johns Hopkins University , MD
  • Korynn Schooley, Fulton County Schools, GA

E13. Connecting College and Career Readiness
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301

Career readiness has emerged as an overlooked aspect of postsecondary planning and a necessary component of college readiness. As a result, schools are being charged with infusing career readiness into their existing curricula and finding ways to engage students in meaningful career exploration. Discuss ways to build community support for college and career readiness and share strategies to increase career readiness during the middle and high school years. 

  • Mary Abbott, CEC Middle College of Denver, CO
  • Julia Henrichs, Denver Public Schools, CO

E14. Student Panel: How and Why High School Students Choose a Community College Path
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203

Community colleges meet crucial needs in higher education, from transfer education and career preparation to continuing studies. Converse with a panel of community college students about their decisions to attend community colleges rather than four-year institutions. Discuss the unique characteristics of community college prospects, applicants and students, and learn how both community colleges and four-year institutions can reach out to these students with relevant and powerful messaging for recruitment and retention.

  • Ryan Ross, Community College of Denver, CO

E15. Engage Parents for More Engaged Students: Communication Strategies for Enrollment Managers
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C

Research has shown that students with more engaged parents are 60 percent more likely to apply. To make the most of this opportunity, enrollment managers need to know as much as possible about how students and their parents are interacting with colleges and universities. Interpret research and case studies revealing student and parent preferred communication methods during the college search process; discover how to best use these methods to support recruitment and enrollment efforts. Share successful parental engagement tactics and discuss the role and influence of parents in the selection process.

  • Pamela Kiecker Royall, Royall & Company, VA
  • Tom Willoughby, University of Denver, CO
  • Madeleine Rhyneer, Albion College, MI

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F Educational Sessions

Saturday, October 6
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

F1. The Importance of the Ally - Student Relationship for LGBTQ Students
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104

Hear from current high school and college students and their allies on the importance of the student – ally relationship during the college search and selection process.  Learn how to build relationships with LGBTQ students as they navigate the pathways to postsecondary education.

  • Matt Huber, Upper Iowa University, IA
  • Vicki Schaeffer, University of Oklahoma
  • Kenneth Lazear, Parent, Cherry Creek High School, CO
  • Jacob Lazear, Student, Cherry Creek High School, CO
  • Tucker Ellsworth, Student, Colorado Academy, CO
  • Nicole Wilkinson, Student. Colorado College, CO

F2. The Power of Partnerships to Provide Access and Success for Traditionally Underrepresented and First-Generation Students
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110

Learn best practices for building dedicated partnerships between postsecondary institutions and community-based organizations to achieve access and success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. Hear strategies of three institutions who have formed successful relationships with the same CBO to effectively support students and to facilitate collaboration above and beyond the efforts of their own institutions.

  • Matt Rubinoff, Center for Student Opportunity/I'm First, MD
  • Michael Brophy, Marymount College, CA
  • Ana Rafferty, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bryan Nance, Johns Hopkins University, MD
  • Sherry Banks, Fulfillment Fund, CA

F3. Latino Student Recruitment: A Family Affair
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203

Latinos make up 20 percent of current students in American public schools (K-12). The nation’s colleges and universities will feel the impact as current Latino undergraduate enrollments are projected to grow by 39 percent between 2006 and 2017, representing the fastest growing segment of the American undergraduate population. However, Latino educational attainment is lower than every other racial/ethnic group: a trend that must be reversed for the country to prosper economically and socially. Framed by recommendations from a study published by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) identifying characteristics contributing to Latino student success, explore best practices for building a successful recruitment and retention program for serving Latino students and their families. Discuss demographic trends and explore the potential impact of Latino population growth on postsecondary institutions.

  • Eric Carpio, Adams State College, CO
  • Grace Acevedo, Valencia College, FL
  • Eric Stokes, University of Tennessee

F4. Early College Credit and the Impact on Students
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207

Examine the impact that early credit can have on student admission, academic advising and scholarship eligibility. Learn how to build relationships between secondary schools, community colleges and postsecondary institutions to accurately assess the profile and needs of students entering the four-year university with college credit.

  • Marc Harding, Iowa State University, IA
  • Maura Flaschner, Iowa State University, IA
  • Phil Trout, Minnetonka High School, MN
  • Kalith Smith, New Mexico Military Institute, NM
  • Brandon Protas, Community College of Denver, CO

F5. Best Practices for Working With the Press to Advance Public Understanding of College Admission
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3C

The year-round news cycle for college admission has brought with it an explosion of information that may not be straightforward or reliable. Admission and counseling professionals have lost control of the narrative of college admission amid headlines that are misinformed or fear-mongering and high school students blogging their application experiences. Discover ways to effectively reclaim the public narrative about college admission and how to best engage with the media to communicate the realities of the college application process. Discuss the opportunities and challenges writers and journalists face in their coverage of college admission and learn how college counselors can advise students and parents to become savvy consumers of media.

  • Robin Mamlet, Witt/Kieffer Executive Search, IL
  • Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education, DC
  • Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times, NY
  • Christine VanDeVelde, CollegeAdmissionBook.com, CA

F6. Navigating the Waters of Athletic Recruiting
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C

Athletic recruiting has always been a complex issue in admission and college counseling, but recent trends toward specialization, an accelerated recruiting timeline, an emphasis on athletic experiences outside the traditional high school program, and other systemic stresses have simultaneously increased the pressure on counselors while marginalizing their role in the process. Consider the perspectives and strategies necessary for working effectively with prospective student-athletes in the current recruiting climate from the perspectives of counselor, parent and coach.

  • Marcia Hunt, Pine Crest School, FL
  • Kevin Lee MacLennan, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Jeff Durso-Finley, The Lawrenceville School, NJ
  • Bill Tierney, University of Denver, CO
  • Lew Stival, Blair Academy, NJ

F7. Student Panel: Studying in Canada
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 405

Gain insight on the Canadian college admission process from a panel of American students currently studying at Canadian institutions. Discuss opportunities for receiving postsecondary education in Canada and address the similarities and differences between the college admission process in Canada and the US.

  • Daniel Abele, Canadian Embassy, DC
  • Aaron Andersen, University of British Columbia, Canada

F8. How Admission Officers Can Maximize Yield During the Financial Aid Process
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A

Learn strategies to empower admission officers to take active roles in financial aid conversations with students and parents and demonstrate how admission officers can use financial aid resources to explain affordability and assist students with finding the right financial fit. Explore best practices for building the financial aid timeline, communicating with students and parents during the process and scheduling financial aid award letter review.

  • Erin Ervin, Florida Southern College, FL
  • Nicole Houder, Florida Southern College, FL
  • Adam Connolly, Coker College, SC

F9. Recruiting Quality Students From China: Updates From AP Schools in China on Student Readiness for Postsecondary Study at American Institutions
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1A

Advanced Placement (AP) is one of the indicators of a secondary school’s academic strengths, and China has become the leading country outside of the US with the fastest growth in terms of AP program numbers and AP exam volume. Discover how competitive secondary schools in China prepare their students for studying abroad by introducing international academic programs such as AP into their schools. Hear an overview of schools offering AP programs in China, review their unique policies and regulations and explore the context in which AP programs are introduced and integrated into Chinese high school curricula.

  • John Tucker, Delaware Valley School District, PA
  • Xiang Bo Wang, The College Board, NY
  • Guangfa Wang, Beijing Royal School, China
  • Stephen Woolbert, Tianyi High School, China
  • Pengfei Ye, Fuyang High School, China 

F10. The College Admission Office and the Independent Educational Consultant: Growth and Opportunity in the New Admission Reality
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3B

The number of students working with independent educational consultants (IECs) is estimated to be more than 25 percent of four-year, college-bound students. Yet few colleges know the best way to interact with the growing ranks of IECs. What unique information do they need; what limitations do they place on service to students and families; how have they helped colleges to diversify their campuses; and what does the future hold in both domestic and international recruitment? Understand the work of independent educational consultants and discuss the ethical limits consultants place on the help they provide to ensure students drive the process. Discover best practices for guiding interaction between consultants and college admission offices.

  • Mark Sklarow, Independent Educational Consultants Association, VA
  • Susan Sykes, Independent Educational Consultant, MN
  • Marty O'Connell, Colleges That Change Lives, MD
  • Maria Furtado, Eckerd College, FL
  • Ronda Russell, Montana State University, MT

F11. Promoting Community Involvement to Effectively Support Underserved Students on the Road to College
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A

Explore ways in which states and districts have supported schools and educators using wide-reaching initiatives to positively impact the local college-going culture and review case studies illustrating the positive impact of whole community involvement in college readiness initiatives. Share best practices for eliminating physical and mental barriers to encourage more students, particularly the underserved, to consider four-year college options.

  • Wanda Monthey, The College Board, DC
  • June Giddings, Houston A+ Challenge, TX
  • Pat Doyle, Oak Hill High School, ME
  • Paula Barnhouse, Irving Independent School District, TX

F12. Effective Enrollment Marketing: Empowering Students to Tell Your Story
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C

Harnessing the stories of students living the experience is a powerful way to get your messages across on the Web, and social media makes it possible to tell these stories in real time. Hear best practices for developing an online student ambassador program that leverages student content and allows it to be shared globally. Gain an understanding of available communication technologies, including video, micro-blogging, chat, live streaming, and location-based services, and learn how to manage online ambassadors and incorporate their efforts into your current communications strategy.

  • Ashley Hennigan, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
  • Brian Apfel, Marist College, NY
  • Christopher D'Orso, State University of New York at Stony Brook

F13. Is There an Anti-Asian Bias in College Admission?
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301

Recent news articles and studies have drawn attention to a persistent and seemingly growing concern among Asian Pacific American college applicants and their parents: by self-identifying as Asian on their college applications, they have handicapped themselves in the admission process. Explore the concept of anti-Asian bias and whether it exists in college admission. Review current enrollment trends at postsecondary institutions from around the country, including California where racial self-identification is disallowed by state law on the application, and understand what motivates Asian Pacific American applicants to hide their Asian heritage on college applications.

  • Randolf Arguelles, Elite Educational Institute, CA
  • Greg Dubrow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Tony Cabasco, Whitman College, WA
  • Arun Ponnusamy, Collegewise, CA

F14. An Innovative Collaboration with the Faith-Based Community
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 401

Learn about the origin and development of an innovative partnership between a public, urban high school and the faith-based community to provide monthly college and career-related learning experiences alongside weekly, individualized mentoring for all students. Discuss the challenges and potential benefits of deep partnerships between schools and the faith-based community.

  • Angela Nusom, Roosevelt High School, OR
  • Brooke Perry, SouthLake Church, OR
  • Charlene Williams, Roosevelt High School, OR
  • Kip Jacob, Roosevelt High School, OR

F15. Rapid Fire Discussion on Trending Topics
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 403

Listen as industry professionals engage in a rapid-fire discussion about current issues and trends in the field of college admission counseling. Conversation topics include, but are not limited to, rankings, international recruitment, the continued emergence of test-optional admission, credit transfer, and counselor advocacy.
  • Matt Drake, NACAC, VA
  • Willard Dix, Chicago Scholars Foundation, IL
  • Andrew Flagel, Brandeis University, MA
  • Rod Skinner, Milton Academy, MA

F16. Increasing Applicant Competitiveness for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 105

Discuss factors that have enabled Gates Millennium Scholars to overcome adversity, be selected for scholarship opportunities and achieve success throughout their undergraduate and post-graduate careers. Hear a panel of Gates Scholars share their experiences as they applied to the GMS Program and learn best practices for successfully shepherding students through the GMS application process.
  • Don Fraser, NACAC, VA
  • Mary Williams, Gates Millennium Scholars, VA

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G Educational Sessions

Saturday, October 6
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

G1. Understanding the Actions and Impact of Stealth Applicants in College Admission
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3A

Stealth applicants challenge predictive enrollment management models, as they are invisible prospects who do not respond to university search programs, request university information, attend admission programs or campus tours, or meet with admission representatives. Nearly 30 percent of college applications are now generated by stealth applicants. This session will discuss the demographic profile of the stealth applicant and examine the factors and motivations behind stealth behavior. Challenge the myths surrounding this growing applicant pool and rethink applicant behavior as a predictor of applicant quality, interest and enrollment.

  • Michael Harris, University of Alabama
  • Stephanie Dupaul, Southern Methodist University, TX

G2. Delivering the Message: From Mobile to Magazine and Everything in Between
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 301

How do institutions set themselves apart if we all have the same communication delivery methods? Learn how to customize, expand and deliver recruitment and marketing messages. Discover how data determine target markets and personalize messages to key audiences.

  • Doug Burgett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • James Cotter, Michigan State University, MI
  • Allen Kraus, The Ohio State University, OH
  • Michael Kabbaz, Miami University, OH

G3. Minority Recruitment and Retention in Homogeneous Communities
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 110

For colleges and universities in predominantly white rural or suburban areas, multicultural recruitment and retention challenges often appear insurmountable. Institutions in homogeneous communities and regions interested in affecting immediate and long-lasting change in their multicultural recruitment and retention efforts will hear strategies to aid in the recruitment of a diverse cultural community. Learn how to identify barriers between institutions and target populations, build a successful student of color recruitment plan and support students of color in your community.

  • Monica Green, Hanover College, IN
  • Debbie Counts, College of Charleston, SC
  • Tara Evans, Purdue University, IN

G4. Will the Bubble Burst in Higher Education?
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1C

Explore whether current and future economic conditions, growing social movements on the costs of higher education and the debt load of students will result in a diminished demand for all but what are perceived as the most prestigious universities. Gain perspective on the changing landscape of admission and hear best practices for how to prepare for the future.

  • Scott White, Montclair High School, NJ
  • David Zimmerman, Williams College, MA
  • George Mills, University of Puget Sound, WA
  • John Maguire, Maguire Associates, Inc., MA
  • Rachelle Feldman, University of California, Berkeley

G5. Understanding the Global Assessment Certificate Program: Uses and Implications for Recruiting International Students
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 105

The Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) is a nine-month university preparation program that helps students in non-English-speaking countries develop the language and academic skills they need to obtain admission to and succeed at English-speaking colleges and universities. Learn about the GAC and how it contributes to the ability of international students to transition to study in a US college or university. Discuss the role of the GAC in the recruitment and admission processes of American colleges and universities and identify designated pathway universities that officially recognize the GAC and award credit.

  • Mark Ferguson, ACT, IA
  • Gaye Pullyn, ACT Education Solutions Ltd, Australia
  • Michael Barron, University of Iowa
  • Kirsten Fullerton, Oklahoma State University, OK
  • Ke Song, Kunming Foreign Language School GAC/ACT Center, China

G6. The Model Minority Myth: The Reality of Asian College Applicants in the 21st Century
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 104

Asians are often perceived to be the model minority and not underrepresented in the college admission process. What does that mean in the 21st Century? Understand the variety of subcultures contained within the Asian population and consider the impact of the influx of Chinese applicants on Asian representation on college campuses. Identify underrepresented segments within the Asian population, including Cambodians, Laotians and low-income Chinese; and discuss the way Asian students are perceived, defined and categorized within the admission process.

  • Terry Kung, Immaculate Heart High School, CA
  • Mike Yang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • Nat Smitobol, Ivywise, LLC, NY
  • Jennifer Lee, Oaks Christian School, CA

G7. The American Experiment in Regressive Social Policy for Higher Education Opportunity: 1980 to Present
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 403

Around 1980, higher education policymakers in the US began to turn away from progressive and expansive federal, state and institutional policy choices, and toward regressive policy choices. Debate the pros and cons surrounding changes in higher education policy and discuss consequences and long-term implications of policy decisions on changing demographics and globalization.

  • Tom Mortenson, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher education, IA

G8. All You Need to Know About UK Admission
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4C

Learn about the higher education systems in the UK and receive advice on preparing students for successful application to appropriate institutions. Discuss strategies to help students master the British personal statement, learn tips for writing successful teacher references and receive an overview of the UK's immigration requirements and student-support services. Engage with experienced counseling professionals from UCAS (the UK's online application system), top British universities and international schools to improve your understanding of the global education opportunities available in the UK.

  • Robert Willis, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Kate Burn, The University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • James Boobar, Lycée Français de New York, NY
  • Michelle Embury, Collingwood School, Canada
  • Rory McDiarmid, The University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

G9. How Do International Students Behave Online?
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 4A

In an age when 94 percent of all information is digital, higher education faces new recruitment challenges, particularly in the international arena, where students now make application decisions largely based on Web-based research. Using online research (world Internet stats) and student behavior analysis (based on 10 million student searches annually), analyze student online behavior in key international recruitment markets, including Southeast Asia, China, India, and Latin America. Discuss best practices for reaching students online in their local markets, including presenting institutional information in the local language, building a successful Facebook page and identifying regional interest to improve target marketing.

  • Mike Elms, Hotcourses Inc., MA
  • Marty Bennett, EducationUSA/Institute of International Education, DC

G10. Challenges and Opportunities of College Counseling at Small High Schools
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3B

Share best practices for addressing the unique challenges and opportunities faced by secondary counselors working at a small high school, including balancing college guidance with other school responsibilities, writing letters of recommendations for students with similar resumes and developing individual tailored counseling relationships with students. Learn how to build relationships between counselors and college admission officers and promote cooperation between counseling departments at small schools and outside organizations to support student success.

  • Jeff Rickey, St. Lawrence University, NY
  • Alyssia Coates, University of Notre Dame, IN
  • John Kurdelak, Trinity School at Greenlawn, IN
  • Ellen Masten, York School, CA
  • Judy Schmitt, Chandler Preparatory Academy, AZ

G11. The Interactive Viewbook in Practice
Postsecondary Admission Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 1A

Explore the integration of the fully interactive viewbook into admission strategy and examine interactive viewbooks produced in two versions: Flash for Web browsers and HTML 5 for the iPad. Learn how the process differs from traditional publications production, about reactions from prospective students and families and the best practices for using technology to leverage limited budget funding.

  • Laura Oliveira, Salve Regina University, RI
  • Evan Cudworth, University of Chicago, IL
  • Joseph Cliber, Creosote Affects, MD
  • Richard Vallaster, Creosote Affects, MD

G12. The Evolution of GEAR UP and TRIO: Positioning for the Future by Addressing College and Career Readiness
Postsecondary and Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 401

Historically known for their mission to increase college access and provide academic opportunities for students from low-income households, GEAR UP and TRIO have demonstrated that they play a critical role in populating the college pipeline. With the growing number of students eligible to participate in these programs, the importance of GEAR UP and TRIO will continue to escalate. Highlight ways in which these programs are positioned for the future and evolving to address the new conversations related to college and career readiness. 

  • Debra Saunders-White, US Department of Education, DC

G13. Attaining Work/Life Balance Within the College Admission Counseling Profession
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 207

Discuss best practices for minimizing stress and achieving a work/life balance within the college admission counseling profession. Learn effective time management and delegation techniques and share strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road.

  • Andy Core, Core Wellness, AR

G14. The Effect of Instant Admission Notification on Student Psyche
Secondary Counseling Issues
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 405

Examine the impact of instant versus traditional notification methods in the college application process. Hear best practices for managing student response to unfavorable admission decisions received during the school day via email, text message or smartphone app.

  • Matt Drake, NACAC, VA
  • Patrick WInter, University of Georgia
  • Henry Broaddus, College of William & Mary, VA
  • Gavin Bradley, Pace Academy, GA

G15. Higher Education Access for America’s Vulnerable Students
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, 203

The nation’s fate is linked to higher education attainment for vulnerable students. The Obama administration’s goal to lead the world in number of college graduates by 2020 reflects the long-term need to invest for the future and acknowledges that reaching these goals requires increasing the degree completion rates of minority, low-socioeconomic status, first-generation, and other vulnerable students. Discuss reforms aimed at advancing higher education access for vulnerable students, including addressing social capital deficits; meeting the financial literacy needs of families; enhancing federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid policies; and promoting community engagement. Explore two dimensions of higher education access: the quantitative, related to increasing the absolute number of vulnerable students who attend college and the qualitative, related to the type of higher education setting they enter.

  • Omari Simmons, Wake Forest University Law School, NC
  • Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, CO

G16. Bridging the Gap: A Year On
Postsecondary and Secondary Issues
Intermediate, Advanced
Room: Colorado Convention Center, Mile High 3C

Consider the mechanics of planning a gap year, including selecting providers and identifying scholarship and financial aid resources. Hear updated college data on gap year students' achievements and learn about a new American Gap Association looking to establish best gap-year program practices and standards.

  • Linda Connelly, New Trier High School, IL
  • Robert Clagett, St. Stephen's School, TX
  • Holly Bull, Center for Interim Programs, NJ
  • John Luria, Princeton University, NJ
  • Marianne Rubin, Council on International Education, ME

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