Monday, October 16, 2017

Submit your session proposal for PCACAC's 53rd Conference!

Dear Colleague,

If you have not already done so, PCACAC invites you to submit a session proposal for our 53rd Annual Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE from April 15-17, 2018. Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise!  

Proposals can be on any area of interest to high school counselors and college admission professionals, including hot topics like those on our list of Suggested Session Topics.  Sessions will be 75 minutes or - NEW this year - 7-10-minute Ted Talks. Presentations will be on Sunday through Tuesday, April 15-17. PCACAC cannot guarantee a specific date or time of any session presentation.

As in the last two years, PCACAC is once again offering a special incentive for public high school counselors who are interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference.  Find out more in the Call for Session Proposals.

Visit www.pcacac.org/conferences to download the Call for Session ProposalsSuggested Session Topics, and submit your proposal via the online Session Proposal Form today!  The submission deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017.  

Questions? We're happy to help!    

Visit the conference page at www.pcacac.org/conferencesSessions:  Jake Talmage, Conference Sessions Chair, jtalmage@stpaulsschool.orgConference:  Rosemary Martin, Conference Chair, rmartin@stjohnschs.org
PCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, PCACAC Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Call for Nominations - PCACAC's 2018 Executive Board Election



Dear Colleague,

The PCACAC Nominating Committee values your opinion as we identify the following 2018 Executive Board candidates:
  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Delegate/Admission Practices Chair
  • Delegate/Credentials and Bylaws Chair
Please review the duties of each available office in the Call for Nominations and consider either a self-nomination or identify a PCACAC member who is ready to take the next step in PCACAC leadership.  Nominations require completion of two electronic forms (combined in one login process for your convenience):  Candidate Application and Institutional Support Form
The official candidate nomination filing deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018 Nominees will be notified regarding candidacy status by the end of February.
The election will be held from March 19 to April 15, 2018.  A final announcement will be made during the General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 16, at PCACAC's 53rd Conference in Dover, DE.  Newly elected officers will take office July 1, 2018.
Thank you for your commitment to PCACAC and we look forward to receiving your nominations!
Sincerely,
Anthony Ambrogi
Immediate Past President and Nominating Chair
aambrogi@st.catherines.org

Friday, October 6, 2017

Submit your session proposal for PCACAC's 53rd Conference!



Dear Colleague,

PCACAC invites you to submit a session proposal for our 53rd Annual Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE from April 15-17, 2018. Whether you've been in the profession for two years, twenty years, or more, we invite you to share your expertise!  

Proposals can be on any area of interest to high school counselors and college admission professionals, including hot topics like those on our list of Suggested Session Topics.  Sessions will be 75 minutes or - NEW this year - 7-10-minute Ted Talks. Presentations will be on Sunday through Tuesday, April 15-17. PCACAC cannot guarantee a specific date or time of any session presentation.

As in the last two years, PCACAC is once again offering a special incentive for public high school counselors who are interested in presenting for the first time at a PCACAC conference.  Find out more in the Call for Session Proposals.
Visit www.pcacac.org/conferences to download the Call for Session ProposalsSuggested Session Topics, and submit your proposal via the online Session Proposal Form today!  The submission deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017.  

Questions? We're happy to help!    

Visit the conference page at www.pcacac.org/conferencesSessions:  Jake Talmage, Conference Sessions Chair, jtalmage@stpaulsschool.orgConference:  Rosemary Martin, Conference Chair, rmartin@stjohnschs.org
PCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, PCACAC Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org, 434-989-7557

#NACACreads: Upcoming Book Discussion Will Explore Student Mental Health

Chat with author David L. Gleason
#NACACreads:
'At What Cost?'
Oct. 24 | 9 p.m. ET | Twitter Chat
Learn More
Read the Book and Join Our Chat
Looking for a good book for the weekend?

Check out our next #NACACreads selection — At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools by clinical psychologist David L. Gleason.

In the book, Gleason examines the rise of depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions among youth at competitive schools worldwide. He also explores how educators and others can help students prepare for college in more healthy and balanced ways.

Read the book and join us Oct. 24 for an hour-long discussion of these important topics. Gleason will join the Twitter chat, scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. (ET).

New to #NACACreads?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Help Support the Dream Act

Dear Colleagues,

PCACAC is proud to be supporting the 2017 Child and Youth Advocate Dream Act Letter to Congress, sent earlier this week.  Please visit our Government Relations page at www.pcacac.org/government-relations to view the letter and download a sample letter to send to your state's  delegates.

Thank you for supporting immigrant children and youth during this urgent time.

Sincerely,
Ginger Miller
PCACAC Government Relations Chair

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

PCACAC Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to End DACA

Dear Colleagues,

On Tuesday, September 5th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  PCACAC supports the NACAC response:  https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/newsroom/nacac-statement-on-termination-of-daca-program/. "As a community of counseling professionals, we will do everything within our power to support DACA-eligible and other undocumented students," said NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. "We also call on Congress to pass the DREAM Act or similar legislation so we can provide stability to these students' lives."

The Administration decided to wait 6 months before completely ending the program to allow Congress to pass legislation addressing DACA recipients and other undocumented individuals.  PCACAC encourages members to submit the action alert NACAC has created urging Congress to pass legislation to protect DACA students as soon as possible.  The alert can be found here:  http://cqrcengage.com/nacac/app/write-a-letter?4Ĺ‹agementId=379893
If you want to learn more regarding DACA developments and updates, there is a webinar scheduled for September 7 at 4:00PM Eastern Time. For more information, please visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=asojvqwfg0b&campaign=u32fkahowh9r

There are events happening across the nation in support DACA and DREAMer students. The DC event is listed below:
Sunday, September 10, 2017 EMERGENCY PROTEST: Let DACA Stay Time: 12:00 PM The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC Contact: Jesse Anderson, janderson@nyatoday.com

For more information about events happening across the nation, please visit this link: http://americasvoice.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Defend-Dreamer-rallies-Week-of-95.pdf

Additionally, for more information on recent updates regarding the government's changes to the DACA program, please visit the links below:
Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/memorandum-rescission-daca
Washington Post Article: http://wapo.st/2wCxZGs

Ginger Miller, Chair, Government Relations Committee, Ginger_Miller@landon.net
Nick Orban, Vice-Chair, Government Relations Committee, norban@umd.edu

Friday, August 25, 2017

Admission Practices' August Case Study on School Profiles & Data

As part of the PCACAC AP Committee’s desire to proactively discuss ethics, we will be sending out monthly “case studies.” In these cases, we will offer a situation and discuss whether the issue is in compliance with the current NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practices (SPGP). These cases are submitted anonymously by PCACAC members. All questions and allegations are treated as confidential; therefore, cases have been adapted, when necessary, to protect the identity of the professional seeking advice. If you have a question about a situation or SPGP, please contact a member of the AP Committee.

August Case:   The Director of Counseling at Prepared Institute, a regional magnet program, is meeting with the Director of Recruitment and  Director of Communication to discuss updating the school profile. Even though it is a counseling office publication with the primary audience being college admission offices, the Recruitment Office uses the profile to attract students and the Communications Office supplies it to the School Board and other interested groups. The counselor has run the numbers and plans to simply update the class statistics. However, in the meeting, the other Directors ask, “Can we drop out some ‘special groups’ of students from the averages-- test scores, grade distribution, college list, etc. As you know, we have some populations—athletes, international students, etc.-- here and do not think they represent our typical students.” At first, the counselor feels that not including all students might be disingenuous; but, upon further consideration, thinks that “finessing” the statistics might actually help future applicants to college as well as to recruit future families. The counselor is torn about what to do and has called the AP Committee to ask for advice.
Does the NACAC SPGP provide guidance in this situation?  

Discussion:  Over the past few years, the media reported on several colleges where the student profile had incorrect statistics—ranging from deflated admission rates to inflated test scores. But, the pressure to make a profile look better is not just directed at college admission offices; counseling offices and independent counselors might feel pressure to “finesse” their statistics for various reasons.
Luckily, as a professional organization, NACAC provides direction for such ethical quandaries. In this situation, there are two pertinent SPGP sections that can help the counselor determine how she might proceed. The more direct statement addresses test scores. According to SPGP Mandatory Practice III B 7, “All counseling members will report on all students within a distinct class (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) and subgroups, including non-native speakers, in the reporting of standardized test scores.”

Furthermore, Mandatory SPGP Mandatory Practice III B 1 states, “All counseling members agree that they will provide colleges and universities with a description of the school’s marking system, if available, that will provide some indication of grade distribution that may include the rank in class and/or grade point average.” Dropping select students from the profile may affect the rank in class and/or grade distribution (if reported) for a school.  

While this case relates to a school profile, NACAC’s SPGP provides similar guidance to post-secondary professionals, too.  According to NACAC’s SPGP Mandatory Practice II B 11, “All postsecondary members agree they will initially report on all first-year admitted or enrolled students, including subgroups in the reporting of test scores. If data on subgroup populations are also provided, clear explanations of who is included in the subgroup population will be made.” Furthermore, in the Interpretations Section, the SPGP expands, “a. Postsecondary members will furnish data describing the currently enrolled freshman class and will describe in published profiles all members of the enrolling freshman class; b. subgroups within the profile may be presented separately because of their unique character or special circumstances.”

Conclusion: So what can the counselor do? She could use the SPGP as a guiding document to discuss the issues with her colleagues. Many people think of contacting the Admissions Practices Committee when they encounter a violation. However, the Committee’s purpose includes serving as an educational resource. The counselor could contact the AP Committee to discuss the proposed situation and possible SPGP issues. Such conversations, similar to complaints, are treated confidentially by the AP Committee.  Not only could the AP Committee be a sounding board for the issues, the Committee could support the counselor by providing additional resources (for example, copies of the SPGP or in-office training) for the counselor to provide her colleagues.

If you wish to file a complaint, please complete a NACAC Confidential Complaint form. All personal information will be kept confidential, but the information will be forwarded to the appropriate affiliate AP committee. This committee will follow up on the issue. 

Want to review previous case studies?  
View all of the Admissions Practices Case Studies on The Anchor here.

Want to submit a case for consideration? 
Please e-mail the PCACAC AP Committee Chair at bittinge@umbc.edu