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Overcoming Virtual Professional Development Fatigue

Overcoming Virtual Professional Development Fatigue

Professional development in our industry is comprised of learning experiences which enable us to grow and educate ourselves in an effort to best serve students, colleagues across the desk, and those in our office. Over the past few months as virtual opportunities have flooded our inboxes, we have all been challenged to find time and space for concentrated learning.

As the annual International ACAC conference approaches, we are mindful of this missed opportunity to connect in-person and step away from our day-to-day responsibilities. In a recent conversation, we realized we needed to be intentional about setting “space” to maximizing this year’s virtual professional development opportunity. With two and a half days of programming, 50+ sessions to select from, and forums that are both live and recorded, we know the learning and networking will be fruitful. 

To get the most out of this year’s International ACAC Conferenceor any virtual conferencebe purposeful with your virtual attendance. Here are some tips:

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President’s Corner: Reflection and Pivots After a Year

President’s Corner: Reflection and Pivots After a Year

Hello,

As I finish my term as President, I write with a heavy heart for the challenging situations we are living through. The continued individual, institutional, and structural racism and injustices that permeate international education and the lasting effects of a pandemic that has crippled access have heightened our need as a professional community to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The two-year antitrust investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice on NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices led to the removal of four sections of the CEPP that brought to the forefront the notion of “restraint of trade” among NACAC colleges and universities. International ACAC as a membership organization has not been immune to these difficult times. They are and will continue to be messy, uncomfortable, and painful.

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International ACAC Executive Board Interviews Article

International ACAC Executive Board Interviews Article 

The month of June marks the end of the term for some members of the Executive Board. As we welcome new members to the Board starting July 1, International ACAC wants to recognize the individuals who have served our organization and applaud the work they have done. Below you will find information about these individuals and their numerous efforts over the past few years. 

Aaron Andersen

Director of International Recruitment (AMEA), University of British Columbia, Canada

Role(s) on the Executive Board:

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Member Spotlight: John Liu

John Liu Member Spotlight 

Name: John Yi Liu

Title: Regional Coordinator for University and Career Guidance 

Institution: Yew Chung International School of Shanghai and Yew Wah International School 

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Advocacy in New and Strange Times

Advocacy in New and Strange Times

March 22, 2020
By: Anne K.W. Richardson

The American School in London

I was going to write about NACAC's Advocacy Day.

Two weeks ago, this is what advocacy looked like for me. I was spending my Sunday in Washington DC with college admissions counselors and college/university counselors from across the world, preparing to go to Capitol Hill on Monday to meet with House and Senate members and their aides, to remind them about the importance of international students in higher education – the many and extraordinary benefits they bring to campuses, classrooms, residence halls, surrounding towns and cities.  In cold hard cash, international students inject over $50 billion each year to US states. But they do so much more – and I include here all of our students who have grown up abroad.  Their presence contributes to and expands the cultural competency and global outlook of all, really so much more valuable and lasting than all of those dollars.  In our many visits on Monday, crisscrossing the Capitol, from Dirksen to Longworth, many listened - some more attentively and closely than others - to this strong advocacy for international students.


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Member Spotlight Todd Johnson

Member Spotlight 

 

Todd Johnson
College Counselor
Colegio Americano de Quito


What drew you to the world of international admissions? 


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President’s Corner: Disruption, Innovation, & Strength in Community

President’s Corner: Disruption, Innovation, & Strength in Community

Hello from Silicon Valley,

The news of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) continues to lead the headlines across major media outlets around the world. However, in our global community, I am seeing shared resources, virtual connections, and student-centered approaches to offer college counseling and recruitment efforts. Jumping into action to serve is what our members do best. The dynamic and evolving nature of the impacts surrounding the Novel Coronavirus outbreak will continue to continue to result in new policiesor updating practices to meet governmental policies. Staying connected with the International ACAC membership has allowed for dialogue and advocacy, while each higher education institution and school community implements these evolving plans.

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Member Engagement Survey

The field of international admissions and counseling has multiple topics and trends that influence and shape our profession. With the 2018/19 academic cycle nearing an end in many parts of the world, now is a good time to review which of these topics that relate to our Association are most on the minds of our members. International ACAC seeks feedback on membership status, the pillars of our strategic plan, regional networks, and voter participation to ensure we focus our energy in the right areas as we head into planning our summer Executive Board meetings.

Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey

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