The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is having its annual conference in Toronto this week. This is a wonderful opportunity for professional development for high school counselors, college consultants, and admission directors from colleges all over the United States and other countries as well. This is where we discuss college trends and all aspects of the college admissions process.
As a private college consultant, I am always disappointed in the number of high school counselors in the Denver area who are not in attendance. I know that budgets are tight, but if we are going to improve the college counseling services in high schools, more of the high school counselors need to be exposed to the latest information.
The NACAC conference includes opportunities to talk with other admissions professionals and share ideas on the latest trends in college admissions. There are many sessions to attend that deal directly with different topics that pertain to the students with whom we work: Demystifying the Public University Admission Process, Strategies to Help Students Write Powerful Applications, Understanding the FAFSA and Financial Aid... to mention just a few.
A real plus at these conferences is the chance to take guided tours of schools that are in the area. A visit to the University of Toronto and other Canadian colleges and universities gives us an idea as to how suitable these schools might be for our students. How can a high school counselor recommend these colleges if they never have the opportunity to visit them?
Our students need the best advice we can provide in order for them to make the most informed college decisions. They need to know the myths and the facts about the college admission process. College conferences are one of the best sources to provide this kind of information. Somehow we need to find a way for more high school counselors to attend.