The millennium saw steady progress and growth. With a 2016 membership of more than 15,000, the association has been resilient in meeting the needs of admission professionals and students—even in the face of national sorrow, horrendous natural disasters, war overseas, and extraordinary economic challenges.The first State of College Admission report appeared in 2003. The SPGP was substantively revised in 2005 to reflect changes in the admission world, while maintaining an unchanged commitment to this long-standing code of ethics. The association refocused its board structure. With a sound financial footing, a new headquarters building was purchased in 2007, anticipating continuing association growth. NACAC has embraced new technology in professional training, communications, and member engagement. NACAC remains visible as an advocate for members and students on Capitol Hill, with the US Department of Education, in meetings with US presidential administrations, with association colleagues, and locally.
And, as the world of education grows more international in nature, NACAC has incorporated the challenges of a global focus through new attention to international recruitment by hosting its first international “national conference” in Toronto in 2013, focusing attention on ethics in international recruitment, hiring the first director of international initiatives, and appointing an International Initiatives Committee. Similarly, NACAC expanded its National College Fair program in 2016 to include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) college fairs to reach broader student audiences.
Internally, an effort was launched in fall 2016 to review the SPGP and the association’s membership categories, which could lead to procedural and operational changes.
While NACAC’s core mission of guiding students through the college admission process remains constant, the profession, like the issues facing students and families, grows more complex. NACAC is as committed today to addressing professional concerns as it was at our founding 80 years ago.
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