Friday, September 21, 2018

We've Heard You: NACAC Board Will Propose Changes to New Membership Model


Over the past few weeks, on the NACAC Exchange and various social media platforms, there has been a vigorous and sometimes difficult discussion about our proposed new membership model. The Board of Directors has been listening closely to the conversation, and we have heard the concerns from those who believe that some of the proposed changes would adversely affect certain segments of the membership.

The board has met twice during the last 10 days and, during a call Monday evening, voted unanimously to revise the proposed model to address two of the most discussed provisions. These revisions would change the language in the proposed membership model in order to:

* retain member categories to ensure that individual school counselors working in institutions that do not support their NACAC membership still have the opportunity to be members of the association, with different dues for voting and nonvoting status; and

* retain voting privileges for retired members. 

Because the conference is just one week away, these proposed changes will have to be made via motions from the floor at the Annual Membership Meeting. Here are the motions that we have drafted:

*Motion for individual member categories
*Motion for retired members’ voting privileges

I encourage you to review and consider these new motions, along with the proposed membership model itself, before the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 29. 
https://www.nacacnet.org/about/governance/annualmembership/nacac-board-will-offer-changes-to-proposed-bylaws/

I believe in the value of our method of decision-making as an organization. The proposed membership model arose through an effort that included more than a year of study over the course of two boards, the help of a consultant specializing in membership strategy and research, multiple financial models for comparison, and consultation with sections of member-leaders via surveys at key intersections.

Putting items like this to the membership directly for a vote highlights that they are too important to be left to small groups behind closed doors. I’m sincerely pleased we are having this conversation now; it has been a very good thing—the sign of an engaged organization and a reminder of how dedicated and caring our members are.

Along with the Board of Directors, I also believe that, with the revisions put forth Monday evening, we have developed a powerful model for membership that can help NACAC attract new members, remain strong and continue to grow, and improve the overall member experience for all. 

Thanks again for your engagement in this important conversation. I look forward to seeing many of you in Salt Lake City next week.

David Burge
NACAC President

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chat with author Beverly Daniel Tatum
#NACACreads:
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
TONIGHT | 9 p.m. ET | Twitter Chat


There's a reason it's a classic.
Parents, educators, and others have turned to Beverly Daniel Tatum’s bestselling book for over two decades to better understand the dynamics of race in America. Those conversations continue to be critically important, so tonight #NACACreads will discuss the new edition of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College (GA), will answer questions about her recently revised book as we explore how racism continues to affect students as they make their way to and through college.

The chat kicks off on Twitter at 9 p.m.

New to #NACACreads?
https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/publications/NACACreads/

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

NACAC Action Alert - Urge Your Representative to Oppose the PROSPER Act

Our records indicate that you have previously completed an Action Alert for NACAC. We invite you to urge your Representative to oppose the PROSPER Act by completing our Action Alert here
The Higher Education Act (HEA) was signed into law in 1965 with the intent of expanding opportunity and access to higher education in the United States. Since its creation, HEA has been reauthorized eight times; last renewed in 2008, HEA is currently up for reauthorization, which provides Congress the opportunity to make changes to the current law.
The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act (H.R.4508) was passed out of committee by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and is now eligible to be brought to the House floor for debate. According to some Congressional staff members, Speaker Paul Ryan plans to do so in the coming weeks.
NACAC strongly opposes many of the provisions set forth by the PROSPER Act. Among the negative elements of the bill, the PROSPER Act:
  • disinvests in need-based student financial aid; 
  • eliminates the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant; 
  • eliminates subsidized student loans; 
  • eliminates Public Service Loan Forgiveness, which benefits college admission counseling professionals; and 
  • eliminates or weakens a number of safeguards intended to protect students against unscrupulous, predatory institutions.​
The PROSPER Act is bad for students, educators, and taxpayers. Urge your Representative to oppose it.

Thank you,
NACAC Government Relations

Monday, May 14, 2018

Register now for NACAC's Guiding the Way to Inclusion Conference...

 
July 29 - Aug. 1
Washington, DC | The Westin Georgetown
Explore Campus Diversity, Multicultural Recruitment, and More!
Register Now
 
About the Program
Now in its 39th year, Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) showcases best practices for increasing access, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and fosters collaboration with key stakeholders in the college admission process.

This year's program heads to Washington, DC July 29 - Aug. 1
Learn more
Education Session Offerings
Admission professionals working at postsecondary or secondary institutions and community-based providers are invited to explore a variety of issues related to access, diversity, and inclusion, from homelessness and higher education to new models for transfer admission.
View session descriptions
 
NEW: Off-site Meetings with Local Organizations
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend off-site meetings with local organizations and associations committed to access and success, advocacy, and diversity. Attendees will indicate their preferred meetings during registration.
View participating organizations
Book Your Hotel
Conference events, with the exception of the off-site meetings, will be held at The Westin Georgetown.

GWI attendees are eligible for a discounted hotel rate at The Westin Georgetown. The housing block will close when all rooms are sold out or by July 9.
More hotel information
 
Book Your Travel
Washington, DC is serviced by three major airports (DCA, BWI, IAD) and is easily accessible by train (Union Station - WAS).

Travel discounts are available for conference attendees who elect to book with Delta, United, or Amtrak. See the travel page for more information.
Learn more
Stay Connected and Win Prizes!
Don't miss your chance to win fun prizes through social media challenges!
  • Follow @NACACedu on Twitter and use #nacacgwi to participate.
  • Join our Facebook group - NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) - to participate in social media challenges and to connect with fellow attendees before, during, and after the conference.
 
Questions?
Contact Kellie Kirstein for more information.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

#NACACreads: Join Us for a Conversation about Race

Chat with author Beverly Daniel Tatum
#NACACreads:
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?"
June 11 | 9 p.m. ET | Twitter Chat

There's a reason it's a classic.
Parents, educators, and others have turned to Beverly Daniel Tatum’s bestselling book for over two decades to better understand the dynamics of race in America. Those conversations continue to be critically important today, so on June 11 #NACACreads will discuss the new edition of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College (GA), will answer questions about her recently revised book as we explore how racism continues to affect students as they make their way to and through college.

The chat kicks off on Twitter at 9 p.m.

New to #NACACreads?
Learn More