Use of Predictive Validity Studies to Inform Admission PracticesAuthor: NACAC
Publication Date: June 2016
This report sheds new light on the important role predictive validity research can play in informing admission practices. Although predictive validity studies are used to assess the value of a variety of admission decision factors that colleges consider, they are often used to determine the added value of admission test scores. Survey data from more than 400 US colleges show that while the majority of institutions require students to submit ACT or SAT scores, only half track how well standardized tests predict student success on their campuses.
Authors: NACAC & Hobsons
Publication Date: October 2015
This report highlights promising state- and school-level practices using individual learning plans (ILPs) to prepare students for success beyond high school. It builds on previous research conducted by Hobsons with a national survey of high school counseling offices to better understand how schools are currently implementing ILPs. The study also explores whether schools, districts, or states have invested in a process of evaluating the effect of ILPs on students’ postsecondary plans and post-high school outcomes.
Authors: Sarah Hurley & Anna Coles
Publication Date: April 2015
The report, published in collaboration with Excelencia in Education, examines how school counselors assist Hispanic students throughout the college transition process. A comprehensive literature review, as well as data gathered from a national survey, revealed that counselors play a crucial role supporting minority students and their families.
Publication Date: July 2014
This report presents the results of a survey of NACAC admission professionals, offering insightful observations on their career experiences and advice to others to advance in the profession.
Provisional Admission Practices: Blending Access and Support to Facilitate Student Success
Authors: Dr. Andrew Howard Nichols & Melissa Clinedinst
Publication Date: April 2013
In collaboration with The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation for Education, NACAC undertook a qualitative study exploring provisional admission policies as an avenue for expanding four-year college access to disadvantaged students. The report presents key findings including best practices for establishing provisional admission programs.
Publication Date: September 2012
On account of the NACAC Assembly—the organization’s governing body—requesting a study on the use of wait lists by colleges and universities, this report was issued using data from NACAC’s annual State of College Admission report.
Publication Date: September 2010
This report includes results from a study assessing the impact of early notification of college admission on students, admission and counseling professionals, and their institutions. A survey of high school counselors and college admission officers also examined the prevalence of pre-senior year admission policies as well as guidelines for the earliest applicants can be notified of their admission decision.
Effects of the Economy on the Admission Process, 2008-09
Publication Date: September 2009
Published at the height of the recent economic downturn, this fact sheet analyzes how high school guidance counseling offices and admission departments at universities and colleges were affected by the recession.
Authors: Alexandria Walton Radford, Nicole Ilfill, & Terry Lew
Publication Date: 2013
This report draws on data from the second wave of the US Department of Education’s High School Longitudinal Study to explore how high schools and counseling offices across the country support students as they transition from high school to college. The second half of the report focuses on factors influencing students’ interest in postsecondary education such as perceptions of college affordability and the financial aid application process.
Preparing Students for College: What High Schools are Doing and How Their Actions Influence Ninth Graders' College Attitudes, Aspirations and Plans
Authors: Alexandria Walton Radford & Nicole Ilfill
Publication Date: December 2012
In order to understand the ways US high schools are preparing students for the college transition process, NACAC, in partnership with MPR Associates, analyzed data from the US Department of Education's High School Longitudinal Study. The report largely examines high school counselors including how their attitudes and interactions with students affect ninth graders’ college aspirations.
Balancing Acts: How High School Counselors View Risks and Opportunities of Student Loans.
Authors: Melissa Clinedinst & Luna De La Rosa
Publication Date: June 2007
This report highlights findings from a study concerning high school guidance counselors’ perceptions of student debt. The research found widespread concern about student debt; some significant challenges in advising students and parents about loans; and generally positive views of how student loans can expand educational opportunities mixed with worries about the risks loans pose for low-income and less academically prepared students.