NACAC National Conference Updates

 October 2018

NACAC National Conference Highlights

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Dear GPACAC Members,

One of my goals as president is to provide information and education to our Great Plains ACAC membership.  Today, I am pleased to share highlights from the 74th NACAC National Conference, held last week with over 6,000 conference attendees gathered in Salt Lake City.  

Conference Highlights

Now-Immediate Past President David Burge spoke during the opening session about the current climate in higher education, encouraging members to work together to change the conversation about the value of a college degree and the role of transfer students.  I found David’s message very moving as we collectively reflect on the work we do. I am proud to share that David is a past president of our Great Plains ACAC!


NACAC Assembly Meeting

The NACAC Assembly functions as a governing body that initiates, advises and provides consent on association and professional issues. Assembly delegates are elected for three-year terms by the NACAC voting members in each Affiliate.  We have four Great Plains ACAC affiliate delegates: Tristen Black (president elect), Stacey Evert (president), Marcie Frederickson (delegate), and Tara Lebar (past president). It is during Assembly that the NACAC Board of Directors and President are elected and changes to the SPGP: CEPP are debated and voted upon.  In addition to electing the new president elect and two board members, the following motions were approved.

  • In a special action, the Assembly agreed not to amend the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP) for one year or until the investigation by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is resolved. This is effective immediately.

  • Delegates agreed to a moratorium of enforcement for Section II. A-Application Plans for First Time Undergraduates in the United States: Guiding Principles and Rationale; Section II. B-Admission Cycle Dates, Deadlines, and Procedures for First-Time Fall Entry Undergraduates: Guiding Principles and Rationale; and Section II. D Transfer Admission: Guiding Principles and Rationale for one year or until the investigation by the Department of Justice has been resolved.

  • The Assembly was advised to submit concerns or suggestions about the CEPP to [email protected] for review by the Admission Practices Committee.


NACAC Membership Meeting

The voting members of NACAC attend the Annual Membership Meeting held at the National Conference each year.  During the Annual Membership Meeting, the membership votes on amendments to the NACAC Bylaws and other association-related matters.

The NACAC Board and Staff have been developing a membership plan over the past 16 months. The proposed membership plan received adjustments specifically to the individual counselor and retiree categories due to membership feedback in the days leading up to the annual conference. During the Membership Meeting, numerous friendly amendments were shared from the floor.  After nearly 90 minutes of discussion, the NACAC Board of Directors withdrew the motion to consider who is eligible for association membership and voting status under the new membership model. The board will gather additional input from members regarding NACAC membership.


GPACAC Membership Meeting

57 Great Plains ACAC members gathered on September 27 for our Membership Meeting.  Janet Marling, NACAC Board Member and Executive Director for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students provided a welcome and NACAC updates. Each committee chair provided updates. Please visit the committee updates for more information on programming, 2019 conference in Omaha, college fairs, membership drive (pay $15 to renew by December 31!), and volunteer opportunities. We also discussed the CEPP is now in effect which includes some new guidelines.  One area that was discussed was that high schools are advised to report their school disciplinary policy.  Sample school profiles are available on NACAC’s website to serve as a resource. We ended our meeting with a brainstorm session, asking for feedback on ways to engage membership.


Session Slides

The 2018 National Conference included multiple sessions on college access in every educational session block. I appreciated the depth and breadth of sessions.  When I inquired, NACAC staff shared that the session slides from National Conference will be available on both the NACAC conference app as well as on the NACAC website.  The conference app already has some session slides available. It may take up to two weeks to update the app and website with all compiled slides.

I was proud to represent Great Plains ACAC at the National Conference. However, I recognize that many of our colleagues were unable to attend. So, let's continue to find ways to share our voice and contribute to the ongoing conversation about the successes and challenges we experience doing the great work that we do, every day, for our students.  Please reach out to me or any executive board member with any questions or to share an interest or idea.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve Great Plains ACAC!

Stacey Evert
President, Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling
Director of College Counseling and Guidance, Brownell Talbot School 

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