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

Counselors, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have a question or concern about an admissions practice, you can contact the International ACAC Admissions Practices Chair, Jennifer Dewar, or complete the anonymous online form: Admission Practices Complaint Form.

You might also find that the CEPP is useful tool in navigating tricky scenarios with school leadership. We encourage you to share the CEPP with your school leadership and the families with whom you work on a yearly basis.


Colleges and Universities

CEPP helps guide our own ethical practices and principles. This is our “rule book”. Familiarize yourself with it and be sure your admissions office staff, including leadership, review and discuss the CEPP annually to ensure you’re in compliance.  

We encourage all members to be proactive in ensuring the institutions they represent uphold the CEPP. If you have a concern please do not hesitate to reach out directly to seek clarification at [email protected].

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