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NACAC and International ACAC: How we work together!

NACAC and International ACAC: How we work together


Did you know...

International ACAC is an affiliate of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). NACAC has guided the evolution of college admission counseling into a recognized profession since its founding in 1937, and over the years has issued charters to affiliates—23 currently—that share a common mission to serve and support the needs of the admission counseling professionals and the students they serve. NACAC and its affiliates work together to broaden geographic representation through partnership programs, activities, and operations.

As Ronn Beck, director of international recruitment and admission at Salve Regina University (CT), recounts:

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Getting Involved with International ACAC

Getting Involved with International ACAC

by Johanna Fishbein, Past-President, International ACAC


We always tell our students that it’s important they get involved in their community; whether that’s service, activities, sports, and much more - universities value involvement. Well... we at International ACAC feel the same way; we want our members involved!

We fully recognize that time is not something readily available, so there are many different ways to get involved - some that require much more of a time commitment than others. In February of 2018 we held a webinar on Getting Involved with International ACAC which you can access here. As we look to 2019, here are some ways you can consider getting involved:

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Benefits of Board Service

Getting Involved: The Benefits of Board Service

by Kristin Dreazen, President (2016-2017)

As a brand-new international admissions counsellor in 2001, I had no idea what to expect when I went to my first OACAC Conference at Clark University. I had been to other ACAC conferences but, leaving campus after that week, I knew that OACAC was something really special. I was welcomed and made to be ‘part of the family’ and those members I met all those years ago are still mentors and friends.  Since then, what is now International ACAC contributed so much to my own personal and professional development that when the opportunity to give back in the form of Board service presented itself, I felt compelled to get involved.

Being part of the incredible – and ever-changing - group of people that makes up the Executive Board, first as a Delegate and then as part of the Presidential Team, was an amazing experience.  I gained a deeper understanding of the Association and the membership – now, so different than when I joined; was given the opportunity to shape the future direction of the work done on behalf of the members; and had the privilege to represent their voices in NACAC’s Assembly as it debated and voted on matters dealing with commission-based agents and the revamp of the SPGP (among other things).   

Having finished my service on the Board just a few short months ago, it’s still hard to quantify exactly what it has meant but in the short term, I am grateful for the time spent in conversation and at work with such a smart, dynamic, hard-working, and collegial group of colleagues on the Board. 

Admissions Practices Committee In Depth

Admissions Practices Committee In Depth

In the past few months you may have heard a lot about the NACAC and International ACAC Admissions Practices (AP) Committee. So how does this whole AP thing work? Our wonderful Vice President of Admissions Practices, John Wilkerson, has written a blog post to explain it all! We hope you, the membership, will find this helpful and as always, if you have any questions, let us know! Happy reading. - Johanna Fishbein, President of International ACAC

International ACAC members’ commitment to ethical and principled conduct in our work is regularly displayed.  As massive shifts in global dialog unfold, and civil discourse and behavior are often less prevalent among influential world leaders, the importance of conducting our work with integrity and reliability cannot be overstated. 

Late last year, the NACAC legislative assembly unanimously agreed to adopt a new incarnation of the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).  Now titled, SPGP: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (SPGP: CEPP), the standards of consideration and behavior set forth in the new document provide clearer guidance and increased transparency regarding the ethics and governance of the work of association members.   As a membership organization, the code of conduct and the bylaws that govern them are written by and voted upon by NACAC members. 

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Review Updates to our ByLaws

Review Updates to our Bylaws

Approximately every three years, the Executive Board reviews and, in many cases, recommends updates and amendments to the International ACAC Bylaws.  This year we undertook this process and will be presenting an amended bylaw document at the General Membership Meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday, July 11. 

You can see the amended Bylaw document here.  We offer a few notes on the changes you’ll see:

  • Many fall under the area of ‘clean-up’:  fixing spacing and formatting, listing VPs and committees in alphabetical order, making sure that we are consistent in the use of names and titles across the document (and the International ACAC Policies and Procedures).
  • All references to NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP) are updated to reflect the new document’s name:  Statement of Principles of Good Practice:  NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
  • The Standing Committee list is updated to include the Professional Development Committee.
  • Updated the names of two Vice Presidents and the corresponding Committees to better reflect the work they do.
  • Amended Article VII, Section 13, regarding the removal of an Executive Board member to align with laws governing not-for-profit organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia (where we are incorporated).
  • Added Article XI, Section 1b, regarding the calling of special meetings, at the suggestion of NACAC.

Prior to the meeting in New Orleans, we invite members to read through the proposed changes and contribute to the public feedback period, which will close on July 6

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8 Summer Activities in New Orleans!

8 Summer Activities in New Orleans!


Staying for the weekend after International ACAC? We’ve got you covered. While New Orleans is famous for its food and music, there are many other ways to take in our great city. Whether it be the World War II Museum, one of our great art galleries, or an outdoor adventure, there are so many great ways to spend a day in New Orleans. Here are 8 of our favorite summer activities.

Running of the Bulls: This is hands down one of the best festivals in town. South Louisiana is home to over 300 festivals per year, and San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is a highlight every summer. Lucky for us, this year’s festival will take place right after International ACAC. SFNO is a recreation of the encinerro from Pamplona, Spain. However, our version is a little safer in that instead of running from bulls, you’ll be running from roller derby girls! Don’t get too complacent though- these bulls still pack a punch!


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What to Eat? Our Favorite Restaurants Close to Tulane and Loyola

Our Favorite Restaurants Close to Tulane and Loyola

Welcome to New Orleans! We are so excited to host the International ACAC Conference here at Tulane and Loyola. It is going to be an amazing few days, especially for those of you who have never visited our city before. New Orleans is ranked time and time again as one of the best food cities in the world, so picking one spot is always tough. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite restaurants close to our Uptown campuses that we hope you get to try during your trip! Bon appetit!

 


Saba: Just a few blocks from Tulane, Alon Shaya has just opened his brand-new restaurant and it does not disappoint. Similar to his previous restaurants, Saba offers incredible modern Israeli food which would make sense as Saba means grandfather in Hebrew. The pita and lamb hummus will probably change your life forever.

Clancy’s: Located Uptown just on Annunciation Street, Clancy’s is tucked in a residential neighborhood but is home to amazing Creole cooking. Drawing influences from French cuisine, Clancy’s serves up delicious plates of everything from veal to tuna to lemon icebox pie. They also have an extensive drink menu.


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How to Win in Dodgeball 2018

How to Win in Dodgeball
-or- 
at least look cool trying

By Tracey Grimm
Lincoln School, Costa Rica


 

It can be said, in no uncertain terms, that the International ACAC Dodgeball Tournament is a highlight of the annual conference. What started with only 12 rag-tag teams at the TCU conference in July of 2006 has morphed into the epicenter of entertainment for higher ed folks and college counselors alike. Seriously, where else will you find cow costumes aplenty, David Zutautas on the mic and a gaggle of overly-competitive Jesuit university reps eager to trash talk anyone who mentions the fact that they were out in 1st round last year? 



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INTERNATIONAL ACAC SCHOLARS 2018

INTERNATIONAL ACAC SCHOLARS 2018

By: Harvey A. Miller Jr, University Counselor, United World College Costa Rica; Tina MacDonald, Associate Director of International Admission, Bentley University; Joe Tavares, High School Counselor, Jakarta Intercultural School;

Efua Adabie is unapologetic about pushing her students to venture outside their comfort zones.  As the founding principal of a high school in Ghana for high-achieving, low-income African girls interested in STEM fields, Efua challenges students to innovate and solve problems that exist on the African continent.  

Efua is a role model for taking on new challenges herself. With limited resources and no formal training, she has successfully created a college guidance program that has helped students at her high school go on to universities in Ghana as well as Minerva in the U.S. and University of Edinburgh in the U.K.

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COUNSELORS REACT TO ACT TESTING CHANGES


International Counselors react to next year’s ACT changes


By Robbie Jefferiss, University Advisor, United World College of South East Asia


On September 7th 2017, most counselors in Asia didn’t even make it to their desk before they were inundated with forwarded emails or stopped in the hall by panicked students.  “Did you hear the ACT is cancelled? What are we gonna do?”


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LIFE AFTER NAVIANCE

The unexpected and sudden announcement by Hobsons - Naviance on January 23, 2018, that they were pulling out of the international market came as a surprise to everyone. While complaints about Naviance had been increasing over the years, its impending death caught international counselors off guard. On June 30, 2019 Naviance will be gone.

The five stages of grief proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying seemed to sum up what many counselors were voicing on Facebook and in email messages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

For many counselors, Naviance is the only software platform they have used. Some had been using Naviance (and for the really old-timers, its predecessor, “The College Counselor-TCC”) for 20+ years. When founders Steve Smith and Shaun Fanning launched Naviance, it quickly became the platform of choice and revolutionized the way counselors did their job. Unfortunately, after Hobsons bought it out, Naviance lost much of its lustre.

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ADVOCACY DAY: Representing our Students on Capitol Hill

 

 

International ACAC Members on Capitol Hill participating in Advocacy Day (Left to Right: Anne Ostro Richardson, Brendan Graham, and Juan Camilo Tamayo)

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SPGP CEPP: A New Name and New Guiding Principles

SPGP CEPP: A New Name and New Guiding principles

At the NACAC Annual Conference in Boston in September, the 2017 Assembly approved major changes to the Statement of Principles and Good Practices (SPGP) including its name. NACAC’s new Code of Ethics of Professional Practices (CEPP) will now serve as a more modern and streamlined set of guidelines for our profession. Some highlights:

  • No PhD required! The structure and length of this document has been completely revamped. The CEPP is shorter, easier to navigate.
  • Clarity: The CEPP leaves less room for interpretation and clearer and stronger guidance on how to resolve violations.
  • Protects student from unethical recruitment practices and shield institutions from unfair competition.

How you can use the CEPP:


High School and College Counselors

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AWARD WINNERS: IN THEIR WORDS

Association Annual Award Winners : In Their Words.

Last Spring the International ACAC board placed their votes for three awards that honor leaders in our field. These include the Distinguished Service Award, the Rising Star Award, and the Peter Hauet Lifetime Achievement Award. This year the awards went to some inspiring individuals who have made big contributions to International ACAC over the years.

Ed Tourle from the Pestalozzi International Village Trust in the United Kingdom  was selected for the International ACAC Rising Star Award. He said, “I have been a college admissions counsellor for three years now, having previously worked as a Primary school teacher. I represent 40 international students from nine countries. I was privileged to receive the International ACAC Scholarship to attend the University of Oregon conference in 2015. Life has been a roller coaster since then. In terms of my own professional development as a college admissions counsellor, opportunities to up level my team and the delivery of support to my students, IACAC has been the gift that keeps on giving. I have met and worked with the most inspirational, kind and encouraging people in my professional career. I have discovered a role that fulfils me and drives me forward in ways I never expected. Following that first, transformative conference, I joined the Admissions Practice Committee for IACAC, gave presentations at regional institutes and was also invited to join the wonderful HALI Access Network, again with a committee role.

 
The technical refinement of school profiles and our advocacy as an office were enabled through excellent mentorship and advice from truly experienced colleagues. For me, above anything it is the people I am honoured to work with that means the most. To receive the Rising Star Award was entirely unexpected and to receive it alongside Joan Liu (Distinguished Service Recipient 2017) was just another level. She is the chief architect of my success and I cannot praise her universal commitment enough. Our organisation is vulnerable and the award creates a wave of momentum that IACAC has equipped me to deal with in a practical and productive way. Giving me the tools necessary and the profile to transform lives in vulnerable communities. It does not get better than that. Thank you IACAC for this enormous privilege that I will honour to the very best of my ability.” Congratulations, Ed! 




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CASE WESTERN BY THE NUMBERS


1 Excellent Host Venue – Case Western Reserve University


3 Days + 3 Nights

February 5, 1931 - Date of the Cleveland Orchestra’s inaugural
concert at Severance Hall and Site of the Opening Ceremony 


1263
Total Conference Attendees - A Conference High!   


990
Institutions in Attendance   


88
Countries Represented                                                                


674 Attendees Staying on Campus

80 Educational Sessions over Six Time Blocks

100+ Items Donated to the Scholar Raffle with Almost $7,000 
raised for the International ACAC Scholar Fund















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HOW TO WIN IN DODGEBALL

How to Win in Dodgeball
-or-
at least look cool trying

By Tracey Grimm
Lincoln School, Costa Rica

It can be said, in no uncertain terms, that the International ACAC Dodgeball Tournament is a highlight of the annual conference. What started with only 12 rag-tag teams at the TCU conference in July of 2006 has morphed into the epicenter of entertainment for higher ed folks and college counselors alike. Seriously, where else will you find cow costumes aplenty, David Zutautas on the mic and a gaggle of overly-competitive Jesuit university reps eager to trash talk anyone who mentions the fact that they were out in 1st round last year? 
   

{ Read the official #IntlACAC2017 Dodge Ball rules and sign up a team }





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SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT CONFERENCE

Social Media Tips For Your Next Conference

The Case for Social Media at Case Western 

By Kelley Ferrante  &  Aaron Andersen
National ACAC            University of British Columbia

The world we live in is drastically influenced by social media. Social media for business and at conferences is no different. Here are some tips to encourage the use of social media at #IntlACAC17 !

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GET TO KNOW CLEVELAND OHIO

Top Ten Things to Know about Cleveland

1. Location
Cleveland, Ohio’s thriving city scene includes the corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies and world-class healthcare institutions. Cleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes.

2. University Circle
University Circle is home to Case Western Reserve University and is the densest concentration of arts, culture and education in the world. Located in the one-square-mile neighborhood are world-class facilities, including Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Institute of Art, Severance Hall and more.

3. World-class healthcare
Cleveland is home to some of the finest medical facilities in the country, including Cleveland Clinic, the No. 2 hospital in the U.S.; University Hospitals; St. Vincent Charity Hospital; and MetroHealth Hospital.


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EARI FAST FACTS

East Asia Regional Institute Fast-Facts Update:

Registrations, fairs, curriculum, grants, networking and additional events (as of June 10th), basic information and practicalities

Registrations

  • Over 100 now! Including…
    • 55% who represent high school students
    • 75 institutions, made up of high schools, universities, organizations
    • Universities from 14 countries
    • Counselors from Republic of Korea, The People’s Republic of China, India, Vietnam, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Nepal
    • Hurry registration deadline is July 20th - - but past institute data indicates we will reach capacity before that time
          REGISTER FOR EARI

    

Fairs

The East Asia Regional Institute Fair takes place on Saturday August 12th

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VOLUNTEERING FOR THE BOARD: MY STORY

Volunteering for the Executive Board: My Story

By Joe Giacalone
Immediate Past President, International ACAC
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Executive Director, International Admission, Marist College

This is the first in a three-part series on contributing to the Association through Executive Board Service.   
  Be sure to visit the Board Elections page on our website for complete details. 


When considering a new job or career, people tend to develop a pros and cons list. Under the pros, you’ll generally find: professionally fulfilling, challenging, dynamic team, and ability to make a difference. Becoming an International ACAC board member checked all of those boxes for me.

Running for the board demands a lot. It requires a decent amount of self-reflection on a professional and personal level. The basic questions that require examination are: Is this the right time in my career? Is this the right time for me or my family? You are taking a risk by putting yourself out there, but you know there is an even greater reward if it is successful. I would like to share my story and shed some light on how the board election process works.








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