A Call to Action: Verify your NACAC Affiliate

By Meghan McHale
Associate Director of Admissions, Tufts University 
Former Vice President of Membership for International ACAC

Are your interests and the interests of the students you serve represented appropriately by the National Association for College Admission Counseling?  Every year, NACAC enacts policy and provides guidance regarding important issues that impact students around the world.  As an affiliate of NACAC, it is International ACAC's duty to be the voice of the specific concerns our international (in so many ways!) population faces.

Many major decisions within NACAC are entrusted to the assembly: a group of 200 delegates from the affiliate organizations.  The number of delegates assigned to each affiliate is determined by the number of NACAC members aligned with each group.  It is the understanding of the Executive Board that our delegate count is artificially deflated.  The main reasons:

  1. Affiliate designations are not an active choice.  They default based on geographic area (example: affiliate was New England ACAC until I made the change to International ACAC) and

  2. The majority of International ACAC members are not NACAC members.

At the end of this calendar year, NACAC will execute a census to determine the delegates allotted to each affiliate for the coming three years.  This is our opportunity to ensure that our voice is heard.

Additionally, if you wish to vote in the election to choose who represents you as a Delegate to the NACAC Assembly (and, in the case of our Delegates, on the International ACAC Executive Board), you must be a voting member of NACAC with your affiliate of record set to International ACAC.  This requirement is part of our Affiliate Agreement with NACAC and cannot be circumvented.  

If you are a NACAC member and feel most closely aligned to International ACAC as an affiliate, and would like to have your voice heard in who represents you to NACAC, we encourage you to make this designation in your NACAC profile.  If you believe you have made this indication in the past, we encourage you to check again as your NACAC profile will reset to your geographically-aligned affiliation when you renew your NACAC membership. Please note: if you are the primary NACAC member within your institution or organization, you must remain aligned with your geographic affiliate. If you would like to join NACAC, visit here.

To make International ACAC your affiliate of record, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to www.nacacnet.org

  2. Click "Edit Profile" in the upper banner

  3. Log in with your NACAC username and password

  4. Once logged in, you will be taken to the Personal Snapshot page; click "Edit My Profile" from the menu on the left side of the page

  5. Scroll down to the second section, Demographics

  6. Look for the Regional Affiliate question, and select "International" from the drop-down menu

  7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save"

  8. *You must confirm "International" as your Regional Affiliate each time you renew your NACAC membership.

Please contact Michelle Chow-Liu, International ACAC’s Vice President for Membership, with questions. Thank you for your support!

*Blog article was updated on October 18th, 2017.

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