#NACACchat: Advising High School Juniors Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

How can counselors and others best assist high school juniors who are kicking off their college search amid the shutdown?

View a transcript of our most recent #NACACchat. Special guests included Jill Cook, assistant director with the American School Counselor Association; Lindsey Barclay, member services manager with the National College Attainment Network; Jennifer Davis, digital content marketing manager with The Common Application; and Tracy Jackson, school counseling supervisor with Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Survey Examines Global Mobility Amid Coronavirus Crisis

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Among 600 US higher education institutions, 88 percent anticipate that international student enrollment will decrease in 2020-21, with 30 percent predicting a substantial decline. These results come from the second in a series of surveys from the Institute of International Education (IIE) analyzing the effects of COVID-19 on US campuses.

Since March when IIE released its first survey—focused on mobility to and from China where the virus originated—COVID-19 has infected more than 3.2 million people globally with more than a million cases in the US. The current report focuses on international mobility more globally, with specific attention to actions US institutions took in spring 2020 and plan to take for summer and fall 2020.

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Get to Know NACAC’s Next CEO

NACAC shared some big news with its members earlier this month.

After a year-long search, the association selected its next chief executive officer. Angel B. Pérez, currently the vice president  for enrollment and student success at Trinity College (CT), will assume his new position at NACAC on July 15. He succeeds Joyce E. Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years with the association.

Pérez recently shared insights about his personal journey to higher education during an episode of the How I Got Into College podcast. Here are five things you should know about NACAC’s incoming CEO.

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#NACACchat: Financial Aid in the Age of COVID-19

What should students and families know about financial aid during these unprecedented times?

Experts from The Urban Assembly, the Seldin/Harring-Smith Foundation, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the National College Attainment Network, and the National Scholarship Providers Association shared their thoughts during a recent #NACACchat.

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Join Our Next #NACACchat on Twitter

How has the admission process changed due to the coronavirus pandemic? And how can counselors and others best assist students who are kicking off their college search amid the shutdown?

Join us Tuesday, May 19, for a #NACACchat Twitter discussion focused on advising high school juniors amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The chat will kick off at 2 p.m. ET. and will be led by @NACAC. You’ll have a chance to connect with colleagues from across the country, learn from experts, and share your own insights during this hour-long discussion.

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Working to Expand Graduate Coursework in College Admission Counseling

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Why does NACAC’s College Admission Counseling Graduate Coursework SIG exist?  Simple:

  • School counselors are supposed to have three domains of expertise—social/emotional development, academic planning, and college/career planning
  • Surveys show that less than one third of all school counselors report receiving any training in college counseling as part of their graduate school experience.

Think about that for a minute as it relates to the other parts of a school counselor’s job. Would anyone want a counselor talking to their child about depression, stress, bullying, or peer pressure if that counselor had no training dedicated to those topics?  How confident would we be in the advice a counselor gives a student on course selection if the counselor had no idea what the school’s graduation requirements are?  Yet, year after year, the vast majority of counselor graduate programs send counselors out into schools with no formal, focused training on how to help students make strong college choices.

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ICYMI: View NACAC’s College Admission Status Update 2.0

Last week, NACAC released an update of its popular resource cataloging changes in college admission procedures on campuses around the world.

The revised resource, created for students and families in the aftermath of the COVID-19 emergency, includes campus-specific information regarding:

  • College admission events;
  • Decision and deposit dates;
  • NEW! Plans and policies regarding high school transcripts and standardized test scores;
  • NEW! Plans and policies regarding summer and fall semester instruction;
  • NEW! Plans and policies affecting the admission and enrollment of international students.

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#NACACchat: Financial Aid in the Age of COVID-19

How has the financial aid process changed amid the global coronavirus pandemic? And what resources can counselors and others share with students and families as they make decisions about financial fit?

Join us Thursday, April 30, for a #NACACchat Twitter discussion focused on financial aid in the age of COVID-19.

The chat will kick off at 2 p.m. ET. and will be led by @NACACWonk

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