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Virtual Tech Showcase Recordings

NACAC's Virtual Tech Showcase provides admission professionals with an easy and efficient way to evaluate tools, platforms, and services needed now more than ever before as higher education grapples with admission challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. NACAC partners and admission experts present case studies and information about tools, platforms, and services that help solve critical college admission needs.

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Strategic Data Management for Enrollment Leaders Workshop

Many colleges are grappling with how to make a speedy transition to test-optional admission practices. To complicate matters, the transcript evaluation process is now more difficult because so many high schools adopted pass/fail grading in the spring of 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The good news? Many colleges have a long tradition of test-optional admission policies and valuable insights to share. To help you sort through the considerations, implications, and challenges, NACAC is hosting a two-day Transitioning to Test-Optional Admission Forum on August 20-21.

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Tales of a Test-Optional Year

Many colleges are grappling with how to make a speedy transition to test-optional admission practices. To complicate matters, the transcript evaluation process is now more difficult because so many high schools adopted pass/fail grading in the spring of 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The good news? Many colleges have a long tradition of test-optional admission policies and valuable insights to share. To help you sort through the considerations, implications, and challenges, NACAC is hosting a two-day Transitioning to Test-Optional Admission Forum on August 20-21.

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  • NAIA College Sports Eligibility Updates

    Interested in how you can help student-athletes learn about opportunities to pursue their sport in college and the 250+ institutions that offer college scholarships in the NAIA? Then come hear about the unique opportunities your student-athletes have to play college sports directly from the source. The NAIA will provide you with direct knowledge of everything you need to know about college sports, eligibility rules and the opportunities to play in the NAIA.

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  • The Biden International Student Bump: Real or Perceived?

    Some universities and colleges around the country are reporting a bump in application numbers for Fall 2021. Is it pent-up demand for study abroad? A Biden Bump? Or a result of students looking at alternative locations given that some nation’s borders are still closed? This one-hour webinar featuring experts from Sannam S4 - a global market entry organization - will provide on-ground intel from key regions and share examples of what is working most effectively to convert the pipeline and keep students engaged. The session will also feature two university speakers from Northeastern University and the College of Wooster to share additional anecdotes and lessons learned. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

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  • Reaching the Video Obsessed: CampusReel’s Student Content

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a new world of digital engagement it was clear to many colleges and universities that Gen Z and Millennials were demanding video in their search and application process. What was less clear was how to create the volume and types of videos that students needed, and how to deploy that video to drive engagement, applications and enrollments. As a solution colleges and universities around the globe partner with CampusReel to scale video creation, integrate video into web, email, and social campaigns, and deploy video across the college search ecosystem.

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  • Summer Melt 2021: Worst Year Ever? Causes of Melt & How to Fix

    Couple the mental "Covid-toll" of the last two years with stressed out parents and you have a recipe for a terrible summer melt. How can you stop it?

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  • Assessing character in admission

    Join the instructors from the Character Collaborative – Meghan Brenneman and Arlene Cash – for an opportunity to review the major points from their recently released course -- Assessing Character in Admission: The Essentials – and to ask questions and engage in dialogue. It would be most helpful to view the 90 minute course prior to the workshop. You will need to set up a free account in the Thinkific platform in order to view the course. https://cc-learn.thinkific.com/courses/assessingcharacter-intro

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  • What’s next for virtual campus tours?

    Virtual tours are now a fixture in the admission’s tool kit. What worked well and what failed? How do we manage virtual tours for the future?

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  • Building an Effective Data Culture

    Strategic data management starts with building an effective data culture across the organization. Learn foundational best practices and get an action plan for addressing barriers, building trust, and developing strategic alignment around the use of data in enrollment management.

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  • The OneGoal Model: Equity in Post-Secondary Advising

    Participants will learn successful strategies to effectively a) implement a standardized culturally relevant post-secondary curriculum that equitably distributes knowledge of the post-secondary space, b) train educators in a school – not just counselors – with the knowledge and skill to effectively advise students into post-secondary success, and c) analyze critical student-level data to inform targeted interventions that impact long-term post-secondary success. The session will highlight OneGoal’s model, sharing best practices learned from partner schools/districts. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a Q/A to ensure that information shared is directly connected to the opportunities and challenges we see as we seek to close the degree divide in America.

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  • Adult Students -- Helping Them Graduate On-time and On-budget

    he purpose is to help advisors understand how StraighterLine might be an option in helping their students meet their academic goals and earn their degree. We will provide a brief overview of StraighterLine and put faces to the student support team members who enroll and support the students through the entirety of their program. We will also discuss our proven educational outcomes and how we help students gain the courses or credits they need to start, return, and/or successfully finish at their school. Roger Chandler, Vice President of Student Success, College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University (CCU), will provide his perspective as to the scenarios for which students may benefit from StraighterLine programs, and how the refer and return model works for students to send their completed course credit back to CCU to finish their degree program.

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  • Understanding the Student Debt Landscape

    Student loans are a top concern for students and their families as they embark on their college journey. According to the Institute for College Access & Success, more than six in ten college seniors graduated with student loan debt in 2019, and the average debt amount was $28,950. Join AccessLex Institute® as we examine the current student debt landscape, review the federal policy proposals related to student loans and discuss the options borrowers have for repayment and loan forgiveness.

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  • How to increase FAFSA completion for your school or district

    FAFSA completion is down -20% because of COVID disruptions. Going Merry, a financial aid platform used by students and counselors at 1 in 3 high schools, has built a tool to simplify the FAFSA. The first 100 schools using it have seen their completion rate increase this year. It uses simple questions with helpful tips so students don’t get stuck and offers students and parents live customer service for additional support. Counselors have a dashboard with real-time stats on their students’ progress through each section and question of the FAFSA and districts can monitor completion rates across their high schools

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  • Naviance Class of 2020 Insights

    Where are there opportunities for higher education institutions to adapt in the rapidly changing higher education enrollment landscape? We examine the post-secondary search, application, and enrollment process of students. Four key findings are assessed within the student cycle, providing the trends higher education leaders need to support students through each stage.

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  • Cambridge International Updates

    The goal of this webinar is to share information on our new electronic transcript service, state and system policy updates, and new research on Cambridge International student performance on subsequent courses at a US university. This will also serve to premier our new US Higher Education webpages.

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  • 2020 HBCU Student: Xavier

    Xavier: Given the historical context of HBCU's in the United States, many schools are now looking forward to recruiting the next HBCU student in the new decade. Please tune in to our conversation with four HBCU enrollment leaders focusing on topics of recruitment, student support, financial literacy, and the future of HBCU institutions.

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  • 2020 HBCU Student: UAPB

    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: Given the historical context of HBCU's in the United States, many schools are now looking forward to recruiting the next HBCU student in the new decade. Please tune in to our conversation with four HBCU enrollment leaders focusing on topics of recruitment, student support, financial literacy, and the future of HBCU institutions.

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  • 2020 HBCU Student: Morehouse

    Morehouse: Given the historical context of HBCU's in the United States, many schools are now looking forward to recruiting the next HBCU student in the new decade. Please tune in to our conversation with four HBCU enrollment leaders focusing on topics of recruitment, student support, financial literacy, and the future of HBCU institutions.

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  • 2020 HBCU Student: NCCU

    North Carolina Central University: Given the historical context of HBCU's in the United States, many schools are now looking forward to recruiting the next HBCU student in the new decade. Please tune in to our conversation with four HBCU enrollment leaders focusing on topics of recruitment, student support, financial literacy, and the future of HBCU institutions.

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  • Essential Data for Recruiting in the Age of COVID-19

    The only thing that's certain about recruitment this year is that it's going to look different than any prior year. Join us for this webinar where we’ll share how you can use your data to inform your recruitment efforts, even as things continue to change and evolve. We’ll also cover how you can use your data story to share key wins and areas for improvement as you navigate these uncertain times!

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  • Using Data Science to Plan and Execute with Precision

    Shifting demographics, changing student behaviors and increasing economic pressures require institutions to rethink existing enrollment strategies, while seeking both precision and agility during execution. Today, new data science technologies and advanced analytics allow institutions to face enrollment challenges with confidence rooted in transparent data-driven approaches that serve to create operational clarity and cohesiveness. Attend this session to discuss best practices to achieving strategic and operational excellence in the enrollment office through the application of data science, analytics and actionable research.

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  • A Developmental Approach to College and Career Counseling

    Does college and career counseling feel transactional? Are you worried about reaching your students remotely? A survey of key research, best practices and review of the American College Application Campaign events will help us reimagine college and career counseling.

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  • Providing Enrollment Coaching Support to Community Colleges

    Non-traditional learners now make up 85% of students in the U.S today, often balancing families and careers along with school. This diverse group of learners is selective, practical, and results oriented. They demand flexibility, convenience, and experiences from their academic institutions in the same way they expect it from customer-centric companies like Amazon. That’s why Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) partnered with Blackboard Student Success to reinvent the student experience and provide their schools a virtual student support model to meet expectations for choice, customization, and convenience. In this webinar, you’ll learn about KCTCS’ approach to overcome the challenges of recruiting students over 25 and how they continue to provide their older learners a positive student experience, at scale, without draining their internal resources.

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  • Enrollment Growth via Virtual Tours

    Covid-19 is hurting walking tours putting enrollment at risk. What about virtual tours? Do they work? How do you manage them? Is a video enough? How much do they cost? Is there a free option? Join and see!

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  • FAFSA® 2021-2022 Updates

    Learn important updates regarding the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), myStudentAid mobile app, along with FAFSA® Enhancements and new products.

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  • Empower Your Students to Become College Ready

    College admission counseling professionals are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. With most colleges opting to teach students remotely, how can you adequately prepare students for the transition from secondary to post-secondary education? Moreover, because the future looks so dubious, many students are feeling disillusioned when it comes to applying for college. How can college admission and counseling professionals equip students with a growth mindset and the relevant skills they need to stay positive and become college-ready? Join our webinar and hear from experts on how to help students become college-ready in a world of uncertainty.

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  • An Evolving View of Strategic Enrollment Management

    Will on-campus life, with its football games and socials, ever return to the close-knit collaborative experience it once was? Will fall travel season be replaced by a more social distancing-friendly recruitment tactic? Once flu season comes back around, will we all be forced to return to our virtual classrooms and virtual admissions offices? During this session, undergraduate leaders will share the questions they’re facing and offer insight into how they’re doing their best to answer them as strategic enrollment management evolves.

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  • NAIA rule changes for student-athletes during COVID-19

    Wonder how eligibility changes will impact your student-athletes? Interested in how you can help student-athletes learn about opportunities to pursue their sport in college and the 250+ institutions that offer college scholarships in the NAIA? Hear from NAIA senior leaders on the organization’s flexible approach to student-athlete eligibility in response to COVID-19 and on the unique opportunities to play college sports at an NAIA member institution. Presenters will address the following: - Impact of COVID-19 on eligibility rules (pass/fail, distance learning, SAT/ACT exceptions, etc.) - Resources to help your students navigate athletic eligibility in the NAIA - Navigating registration with the NAIA Eligibility Center - Learn how to create your NAIA transcript portal account so you’re ready to send transcripts to the NAIA

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  • Strategic Uses of Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

    During this webinar, you will learn how concerns about cost and student debt are impacting college decisions more than ever; including college choice, major and career choice, as well as whether to pursue college at all. Case studies will be shared to demonstrate how colleges are using Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAPs) today to strategically help students and families overcome these concerns to enable students to pursue their passions at their college of choice. Finally, data about the impact of LRAPs on enrollment, yield, and college preference will be shared.

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  • Leveraging AI to Drive Student Enrollment & Retention Amid COVID

    COVID-19 has put admission targets at risk. AI can help keep prospective and current students engaged and engaged. Learn how Ocelot helps enrollment management teams combine text campaigns and AI chatbot support. The result: more students on campus and engaged. During this webinar, presenters will address the following: Impact of COVID-19: Initial shock, Spring/Summer contingency planning Concerns for Fall enrollment from both the student and institution perspective Dissecting the "where" and "why" students melt and what admissions can do to slow or reverse it Leveraging AI technology to engage prospective students to remove friction across enrollment processes

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  • Support Seniors Virtually Through the College Admission Process

    Are you struggling with how to virtually support your high school seniors through the college admission process? This ASCA Pop Up Webinar features NACAC and a practicing high school counselor who discuss ways to virtually support high school seniors and parents through this important time in their life.

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  • Online Instruction 101: Practical Tips to Deliver Your Lesson Pla

    Schools are closed, and educators worldwide are turning to online instruction. But a digital whiteboard isn’t your classroom whiteboard. Ten green raised-hand icons isn’t ten students’ hands in the air. The digital classroom isn’t your classroom. But it is ours, and we want to help it become just as familiar to you too, so you can stay just as impactful an educator as ever. Learn from Revolution Prep's seven years’ experience in online instruction.

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  • NCAA Eligibility Rule Changes for Student-Athletes During COVID-1

    Last week, the NCAA announced several changes to initial eligibility requirements for incoming freshman student-athletes. These alternate standards include, in certain circumstances, the waiving of standardized test scores and senior year coursework. These changes, a response to disruptions caused at high schools nationwide due to the COVID-19 crisis, apply to both Division I and Division II athletes for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. Representatives from the NCAA will be joining us to discuss alternative review standards for course completion and pass/fail grades. They will also review the resources available to assist counselors and provide guidance on reporting requirement changes.

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  • COVID-19: Admissions' Plan B for Campus Visits

    No one knows what will happen with campus tours this fall. Will anyone show-up? What options exist for visitors? What happens to student tour guides? What technical, management and costs must be considered? This webinar will help admission offices develop a Plan B.

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  • Cambridge International in the Us: What You Need To Know

    This webinar provides a brief overview of the Cambridge International program, clarifies its local and national growth in both schools and higher education policies, and highlights how transcripts and results information are critical to the admission office.

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