NACAC Launches College Admissions Decoded Podcast Series

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Shanda T. Ivory


Arlington, VA (June 18, 2019) —The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today launched its College Admissions Decoded podcast series to help students, families, and the professionals who support them better understand the admission process.

The series, developed in the wake of the “Operation Varsity Blues” bribery scandal, examines how the college admission process works for the approximately 20 million students who apply each year, as well as challenges to the process that the scandal brought to light. The series also spotlights how college access and college admission in the US can continue to make progress toward more inclusivity, transparency, and service to students.

Today’s episode, “College Admission After Operation Varsity Blues,” features insights from:

  • Stefanie Niles, NACAC president and vice president for enrollment and communications at Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Angel Perez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College (CT)
  • Jim Rawlins, director of admissions/assistant vice president of enrollment management at the University of Oregon

The bribery scandal has prompted colleges and universities to “do some self-reflection at our own institutions and [consider] is there anything about our process we really need to think about or change,” Perez said in the podcast. “Do we have enough measures in place to make sure that the system is fair…that at least every student who applies has a fair opportunity?”

“At a time when only 38 percent of Americans consider the admission process to be fair, we hope the podcast series will shed light on how well, in most cases, the process actually does work,” said NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. “College admission professionals, counselors, students, parents, and the general public all should find value in this lively, informative conversation.”

NACAC will release additional College Admissions Decoded episodes in July and August. Visit the podcast website to listen to the first episode, view a transcript of the conversation, and learn more about the series.


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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