August 2018 Newsletter


August 2018

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I hope you all have had a wonderful, relaxing summer and are ready to jump back into the 2018-19 school year. This is our newsletter that will be going out periodically to keep you up-to-date with all things relevant to college admissions within the Great Plains region as well as news and updates on college admissions happenings around the globe.

A New Look...

This has been a big year for rebranding for GPACAC! We've rolled out a new look and logo, so be sure to check out the website. Thanks to the GPACAC Executive Board for all their work on the rebranding process!


Our Annual Conference Website is LIVE!

As we know, Generation Z is in our midst. In our roles as high school guidance counselors and college admission professionals, it will be more important than ever to learn, come to know, and engage with the needs and hopes for this new generation as we assist them in navigating their future. So, join us for our Annual Conference this April in Omaha. Through networking, ideating and engaging, we will "Navigate the Next Generation" together. Check out our conference website for more details. #gpacac2019


Membership Renewal Drive for 2019

GPACAC offers unique tools and resources to help members stay current on the college admissions landscape. The membership fee is only $15 per calendar year. Renew by December 31, 2018 for the 2019 membership. Renew now!


Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for a way to get involved in Great Plains ACAC? We have the perfect opportunity for you! The following committees are in need of volunteers:

  • Communication
  • Governance & Nominating
  • Government Relations
  • Scholarships & Grants
  • Technology

If you have a particular skillset or interest in any of these areas, we would love to have you on our team! For more information and to sign up, please visit our volunteer site.


Hello from the GPACAC President

"Welcome back to the 2018-19 academic year! I am sure everyone feels the energy at your respective institutions as you welcome students back on campus.  I appreciate not only watching the seasons change but also observing the change and growth of our students, campus facilities, and school initiatives. ..."

Continue reading the letter here.



Here is some information on what's going on in the world of college admissions:

DACA Litigation Continues

In early August, a federal district judge ordered that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be fully reinstated after a 20-day hold, providing the Trump Administration time to appeal the Court’s decision. If an appeal is not filed, the DACA program will be reinstated as of Aug. 23; however, another court case in Texas poses a threat to this decision. Arguments were heard in Texas v. Nielsen on Aug. 8 and a decision is expected soon. NACAC will continue to monitor ongoing litigation and provide updates. Learn more about the various ongoing court cases related to DACA.

Focus on Free College from The Journal

Free college initiatives have quietly been inching forward in a variety of forms throughout the country. Read more about how these initiatives are transforming states, regions, counties, and towns.

Too Many Essays

As students are applying to more and more schools each year, the number of essays they need to write is climbing. Read more about how some admissions professionals are encouraging students to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle their application essays using "super-topics."

#NACACreads: Join Us for a Discussion of 'The Self-Driven Child'

On September 12, NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, will discuss The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. Johnson, a NACAC member, will join the chat. The hour-long discussion will kick-off on Twitter at 8 p.m. CST. Learn more. 

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