2017 NACAC Assembly to Consider Proposed Changes to SPGP


The 2017 NACAC Assembly will be asked to consider the scope of work completed by the Steering Committee on Admission Practices over the past 18 months and take action at the national conference in Boston on the proposed SPGP: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

The last major revision of the SPGP was in 2007, when it was updated to reflect a new organizational structure that included Mandatory Statements, Best Practices, and Interpretations of Mandatory Statements. Over the past 10 years, through the good work of Admission Practices Committees and Assemblies, additions have been made to reflect changing times and strategies. During that time, this essential document has helped to foster integrity in our profession while it has ensured NACAC’s unique place as a trusted source of ethical standards in the US higher education environment.

The proposed revisions are designed to enable NACAC to respond to changing practices and innovations in the profession in future years.  We encourage professionals to recognize that all practices cannot be captured or predicted through constant additions to the SPGP. However, we seek a commitment by all members to the “spirit of doing what is right and fair and reasonable” in their compliance with the new SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices, if it is approved.

What is new in the SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices:

  • The new organization of the document includes only mandatory statements, our core values, critical deadlines, practices, and a glossary of terms and our steps for monitoring and applying penalties.
  • The Preamble intentionally states that we are proud to include NACAC’s commitment to providing college access and support for the underrepresented and underserved and committed to addressing inequities in the college admission process.
  • We have added sections regarding truthfulness and transparency, professional conduct, and respect for confidentiality along with sections covering application plans, deadlines, waitlists, and more.
  • We are proud that this new SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices has added sections on the recruitment of transfer and international students, two cohorts that were noticeably absent in previous documents.
  • A glossary of terms has been added to ensure our members have a common understanding of key terms. 
  • The Education, Monitoring and Penalties procedures have been added to the new SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices rather than being offered in a separate document. It is important that members understand there are consequences if one is found to be out of compliance.

If the new SPGP is not Approved:

If the 2017 Assembly does not approve the new SPGP: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices, the current Statement of Principles of Good Practice will remain in place. With the approval of the NACAC Board of Directors, selected members of the Steering Committee on Admission Practices along with members of the national Admission Practices Committee will work together to consider revisions to the SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices for the 2018 national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Education, Monitoring and Penalties

If the new SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices is approved, there will be a period assigned to educate all members about the new SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices. The Admission Practices Committee will continue to monitor and respond to complaints about institutions out of compliance. Many statements have been carried over to the new SPGP: NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (such as adherence to the May 1 national candidates reply date). Members will be expected to remain in compliance with principles that are contained in both the current and new SPGP. When requirements are new, members will be given until September 2018 to come into compliance with those principles. For example, colleges that use agents for international recruitment will have a full year to implement the new provisions associated with listing agent partnerships in their publications/websites.

Our thanks to the Steering Committee on Admission Practices:

Todd Rinehart, Chair
University of Denver, CO

Carolyn Blair
Clayton High School, MO

Michele Brown
Oakton Community College, IL

Pete Caruso
Boston College, MA

Amy Cembor
Providence College, RI

Youlonda Copeland-Morgan
University of California-Los Angeles

William Dingledine
Educational Directions, Inc., SC

Justin Doty
Trinity University, TX

Rafael Figueroa
Albuquerque Academy, NM

Emmi Harward
Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, MA

Louis Hirsh
University of Delaware (retired)

Jim Jump
Saint Christopher's School, VA

Ron Koger
Kennesaw State University-Marietta Campus, GA

Robert Nesmith
Centre College, KY

James Rawlins
University of Oregon

Ffiona Rees
University of California-Los Angeles

Sacha Thieme
Indiana University Bloomington

Cigus Vanni
Wynnewood, PA

Beth Wiser
Carnegie Mellon University, PA

Joyce Smith
NACAC, Staff Liaison

Raquel D. Bailey 
NACAC, Staff Liaison

Admission Practices Committee:

Lou Hirsh, Chair
University of Delaware, DE (retired)

Ken Anselment III
Lawrence University, WI

Elizabeth Cheron
Northeastern University, MA

David Kamimoto
University of California, Santa Cruz

Sara Kyle  
The Blake School, MN

Marguerite Raymo    
Jonathan Law High School, CT

Raquel D. Bailey    
NACAC, Staff Liaison

Kim Johnston      
NACAC, Staff Liaison

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