NACAC Unveils New E-Learning Course on Admission Ethics

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Shanda Ivory

Arlington, VA (Oct. 15, 2019) — Adhering to basic legal and ethical principles for any individual involved in student recruitment for higher education can be an important baseline for avoiding problems such as the “Varsity Blues” college admission scandal. A new e-learning course just released by NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, features critical information regarding the basic legal boundaries for the wide range of people who are involved in recruiting students for college, including athletic coaches, alumni volunteers, student tour guides, faculty, development officers, entry-level admission officers, and others.

The course focuses on three primary concepts:

  • Avoiding conflicts of interest;
  • Protecting privacy; and
  • Providing accurate representation.

“The Varsity Blues scandal made it clear that in order to protect themselves from adverse legal and reputational exposure, institutions need tools to train everyone involved in student recruitment on how to avoid improper interactions with prospective students, their families, and their representatives,” said Joyce Smith, NACAC CEO.

“We consider this course to be an important first step in ensuring that those representing colleges and universities have advance knowledge of legal boundaries that, if crossed, can lead to serious consequences for themselves and their institutions.”

The course is available for purchase on NACAC’s website. The course was developed to assist colleges and universities in communicating a consistent message to anyone involved in the student recruitment process. Accordingly, NACAC will offer discounts for bundled pricing to ensure the course can be administered widely on campuses.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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