Survey Results are In!

 

 

Survey Results are In! A Look at the Member Survey

In late April International ACAC polled its members to help advise the executive board on crucial challenges facing our organization.  An analysis of the three major questions we posed is provided below.

710 members completed the survey.  The majority identified themselves as university admissions officers (45%) and secondary school counselors (39%). The rest of the respondents were independent counselors (9%), for-profit organization employees (3%), non-profit organization employees (3%), retired (.5%), and community-based organization employees (.5%).  With 3,115 current members at the time of the survey, the respondents show a return rate of 22.8%.

Our first question asked for input on for-profit university employees membership inquiries.  The question posed was, “For-profit UNIVERSITIES are currently not allowed membership into International ACAC. Outside of the United States the term ‘for-profit’ can have different meanings, and thus we are considering the possibility of re-defining our membership policies to permit certain for-profit universities, located outside of the United States, to be considered for membership in International ACAC. Do you support International ACAC investigating and researching this policy, to allow for a potential future membership by for-profit universities located outside of the United States?”

 


Almost 50% of the survey respondents support International ACAC investigating and researching the policy, to allow for a potential future membership by for-profit universities located outside of the United States. Just above 20% say that they don’t support International ACAC investigating and researching this policy, and almost 30% of the membership are not sure. International ACAC will therefore begin investigating and researching this policy. The Membership Committee has been charged in investigating and researching policy options. The committee will  focus on the top 10 countries within 3 regions that for-profit universities are of interest to our members.Research questions include, but are not limited to: 1.) what are accreditations or guidelines can be used 2.) what are other organizations using in their policies 3.) what is an anticipated volume of for-profits outside the U.S.that may be interested in becoming members.

The second question posed to the membership was; “Third-party commissioned agents are currently not allowed to be members of International ACAC. This policy is based on International ACAC’s guiding principles, with the belief that effective, unbiased, student-centered counseling cannot happen when there are financial incentives involved in directing students towards particular institutions.  Do you support International ACAC investigating and researching this policy to allow for potential/future membership for third-party commissioned agents?

Just below 20% of the respondents support International ACAC investigating and researching the policy to allow for potential/future membership for third-party commissioned agents. Just above 10% say that they are not sure, and 70% of the membership do not support International ACAC investigating and researching the policy to allow for potential/future membership for third-party commissioned agents. International ACAC will therefore not investigate and research this policy. 

Finally we asked our members, “Currently, members from “for-profit ORGANIZATIONS” are not voting members of International ACAC. Non-voting members of International ACAC may not run for board positions or vote in elections, bylaw changes, or other Association matters. For-profit organizational members are able to serve on committees and participate in all other aspects of membership. Do you support International ACAC investigating and researching this policy to allow for potential/future voting membership of for-profit organizational members?”

27% of the respondents support International ACAC investigating and researching the policy to allow for potential/future voting membership of for-profit organizational members. Given this low interest, International ACAC will not be investigating the potential for a voting membership of for-profit organization members.

We appreciate all the members that took the time to contribute thoughtful comments and suggestions about our organization.  










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