Membership Survey - Strategic Planning For The Future
By Lisa Hollett
Special Programs Coordinator, International ACAC
In May, we undertook an ambitious project, a Strategic Planning Survey of all International ACAC members. The survey was sent to our over 2000 members, and we received over 700 responses. Hopefully, you took the chance to let your voice be heard!
A number of our questions focused around our annual summer conference, and the results were illuminating. Over 50% of you attend the conference for the networking opportunities, but professional development opportunities are also very important, with discussions of new trends in Admissions garnering almost 10% of the vote.
How to Say Our Name
We know it’s a couple of extra syllables, but we’re truly international
By Kelly Braun
International School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo
Dear International ACAC Members,
Booking a visit made easy? Repvisits.com review
By Robbie Jefferis
United World College South East Asia, Singapore
You can book an uber online, buy your groceries online, schedule your dentist appointment online…. So why not schedule your school visits online? A new tool is attracting interest with busy college counselors and even busier admissions representatives, called www.repvisits.com
Could this be the end of all the back and forth emails?
Top Five Things To Do in Vancouver While in Town for The Fair
NACAC’s first International Universities Fair is being held in Vancouver May 7 and the city is ready to welcome visitors from institutions all over the world. The fair, Saturday May 7 from 1:00 - 4:00PM has over a 150 universities from a dozen different countries converging on Vancouver Convention Center to promote higher education options to the region's secondary school students. Recognizing that many university representatives will only have a few spare hours before or after the fair, International ACAC has received special advice from a local Vancouverite to come up with the ever helpful Top Five Things.
TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER BEFORE OR AFTER THE NACAC FAIR
1. Take a Water Taxi Ride to See the City
Workplace Survey 2015 - Results
In the summer of 2015 International ACAC conducted a Workplace Survey of its members to get a better understanding of their workplace experience. 30% of AAPS member institutions responded to this survey and the Communications Committee has reviewed the results over the past several months. The survey had a set of questions for both university admission and secondary school counselling offices. While there was also a short set of questions for educational consultants, it is acknowledged that future editions of the survey will need to have an expanded question set for this member group.
The responses will be presented in a series of articles available exclusively to International ACAC members on this website over the next few months. The data is intended to support our members strategic initiatives, and we hope that it may provide helpful context as they review their own workplace environments
The International ACAC Board wishes to thank the members for their time in completing this survey.
Behind The Scenes of The International Universities Fair Vancouver
By Beth Cleary
NACAC, International Initiatives Coordinator
The National Association for College Admission Counseling and International ACAC are co-hosting the first International Universities Fair in Vancouver on May 7, 2016.
Chaired by Nancy Cromarty, director of university and career counseling at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, the fair preparations are off to a great start. “Interest and excitement about this first time event has already begun among parents, students and counselors here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver,” says Cromarty.
OACAC Conference By The Numbers
While OACAC Events can never be just about the numbers… here it is just about the numbers
#OACAC2015 Conference Oregon
Intro to NACAC's Vancouver International Universities Fair
An interview with Nancy L. Cromarty
Colleges: mark your calendars for next May - NACAC is going International
Next spring the NACAC will host the first stand alone College Fair outside the United States. The Vancouver International Universities Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Whenever NACAC runs a National College Fair in the United States, the regional affiliate serves as a local organizing committee, and supports NACAC in the promotion and planning of the event. Since Vanoucver, Canada is 'international' Overseas ACAC has the privilege of supporting this event. Recently, OACAC.com talked with Nancy Cromarty, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Director of University & Career Counseling at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, about this exciting new initiative and what participants can expect.
It's Time to Become International
If you’re like the Executive Board, you’ve probably had to explain what “OACAC” means to colleagues, family and friends. Some parts are easy to explain:
- We are a 2000+ member international organization that represents nearly 100 countries from every corner of the globe.
- We are the international champions of those seeking higher education.
- We offer a dynamite annual conference.
- We host professional development opportunities throughout the year, including Regional Institutes around the world and Webinars to a global audience.
- We have great depth and breadth of international knowledge among our members.
When you look at these answers, and reflect about who we are, the answer is “we’re international.” Overseas doesn’t factor into the discussion. So why is it in our name?
The dictionary definition of Overseas is:
FAQ : 2015 SAT Update
The past several months the SAT has been a hot topic amongst our members. From security concerns and reports of test fraud in Asia to international testing dates to the pending roll out of the redesigned test, there has been a lot to think about with regards to The College Board's SAT. In February, OACAC was pleased to present a Webinar in cooperation with The College Board as opportunity for members to listen to updates and ask questions. Clay Hensley, Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach, walked through the latest news concerning the SAT.
As a follow up to the webinar, Clay has provided responses to a good number of the questions that were poised during the webinar and shared the answers exclusively with OACAC members.
ACCESS THE ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS, AND MANY MORE HERE (login required)
Would CB consider different security measures for different parts of the world ?
What are the consequences when a student is caught cheating on the SAT? Is the cancellation of scores between ETS and student only? In what case would the student´s parent, school or institution where s/he is applying be notified?
When will practice PSAT questions be available?
Would you provide info to counselors for parents ?
Will Khan Academy use practice questions from the actual redesigned SAT? Some of the questions I've seen from them don't seem helpful.
Could you speak more about the three sections of the Essay Section?
A Letter to Admission Road Warriors
By Kelly Braun
Int'l School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo
Dear Road Warriors, young, old, new, international, domestic, director, counselor,
I just want to let you know something: You matter. You matter to students a lot. Although I know it may not seem like it. After spending several years on your side of the desk, I think I can safely assume this is what a typical day in your fall season looks like:
Get dressed (don’t forget the comfy shoes!)
Pack materials for the day
High school visit #1 (yay, on time!)
High School visit #2 (woof, barely made that on time)
High School visit #3 (I have no clue where my cab driver is taking me, 10 minutes late)
Lunch (hahahahahahahaha, I am lucky to get a small break let alone food)
High School visit #4 (I am so tired)
Evening Fair (Final push, I can do it)
Support the OACAC Scholar Program
Each year OACAC selects high-impact, under-resourced counselors to receive funding to attend the OACAC Summer Conference as an OACAC Scholar. These counselors are nominated by their peers and are provided funding to cover their travel, registration, and accommodation at the conference. These are counselors who would not have been able to attend a professional OACAC on their own; often it is their first introduction to the OACAC community.
Please consider nominating your colleague to be a 2015 OACAC Scholar. Perhaps you are in a high school yourself, and know of another school in your community whose staff could really use the support. Perhaps you are at a university and work closely with a counselor who you know is under resourced, and would benefit from the experience of attending OACAC. Either way, counselors who are selected speak of a life changing experience - and that life changing moment starts with your nomination. Nominate a deserving counselor today.
OACAC Scholars : In Their Own Words
Each year OACAC selects high-impact, under-resourced counselors to receive funding to attend the OACAC SummerConference as an OACAC Scholar. These counselors are nominated by their peers and are provided funding to cover their travel, registration, and accommodation at the conference. In most cases these are counselors who would not have been otherwise been able to attend a professional development event in other country, and often it is their first introduction to the OACAC community.
Please consider nominating your colleague to be a 2015 OACAC Scholar. Perhaps you are in a high school yourself, and know of another school in your community whose staff could really use the support. Perhaps you are at a university and work closely with a counselor who you know is under resourced, and would benefit from the experience of attending OACAC. Either way, counselors who are selected speak of a life changing experience - and that life changing moment starts with your nomination. Nominate a deserving counsellor today.
Productivity Tips for Global Higher Education
By Aaron Andersen & Tim Munnerlyn
Aaron Andersen Tim Munnerlyn
Univ. of British Columbia Amer. Comm. School – Abu Dhabi
These days, everyone is talking about ways to improve productivity and increase efficiency, but how does it all relate to YOUR JOB? Here are nine tips that can get you working more efficiently, in the college or high school office. For more tips check out the session download available at the conference resource page.
1. Create a giant visual calendar and cross off each day you complete your chosen task.
Daily action builds habits. It gives you practice and will make you an expert in a short time. Select a task that you want to complete for a period of time, and do it once every day. Put a big ‘X’ on that day. After a few days you’ll have a chain of ‘X’s. Don’t break the chain, you'll start to spot opportunities you otherwise wouldn't. Each day’s small accomplishment accumulates into a large accomplishment.
2. Clearly define office rules – And publish clearly.
Define office responsibilities and post for all to see in each office. This will help students, parents, and other teachers. And create efficiencies in your office.
University Admissions Diary : Setting Up Shop in China
Have a story from your recruitment travels, or life in the admission office ? Send us your tale firstname.lastname@example.org
by Elizabeth DuMont-McCaffrey
Assistant Director of Admission, Mount Holyoke College
A UPS package filled with Mount Holyoke materials had just arrived at my new office in Shanghai when I received an email confirmation. Your UPS package has been delivered, it said, and signed for by Mr. Lao Wai. “Mr. Lao Wai?” I said to myself. Who is Mr. Lao Wai? I had just signed for the package myself. That’s when I remembered that “lao wai” means foreigner in Chinese and realized that I was Mr. Lao Wai.
This past fall, Mount Holyoke College opened a regional office in Shanghai, China. Currently, I am based in Asia for 6 months per year—recruitment season (September-December) and yield season (March-June). The opening of Mount Holyoke’s regional office was filled will silly frustrations (such as the Mr. Lao Wai story) but also many overwhelming successes and a few genuine complications.
From the Membership Desk : Membership Has its Privileges
By Katy So,
OACAC VP for Membership, College Ave Consulting
OACAC By The Numbers
March 2014 : Membership in OACAC continues to boom. We currently have 1622 members, which is 20% more than we had at this time last year. We are particularly excited that 25% of members are new to our organization.
University members continue to be in the majority, with 48% of members working at universities. Secondary school counselors comprise just over 1/3 of the membership, which is a slight increase from last year and a significant increase from two years ago. 10% of members hold Individual memberships, while 5% are from organizations, both of which are on par with the past two years.
Going Global and Breaking Stereotypes
By Alison Herget
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Brandeis University
It was my umpteenth week of international recruitment travel this fall, and I happened to be in Mumbai, India – not the easiest place to be amid a 5-week trip that started in southeast Asia and traversed half the globe. It was some ungodly hour of the evening and I was straight off a four-hour van ride from Pune with my colleague in which we were cut off by emaciated cows, hassled by street vendors selling cheap toys, and had tapped a vehicle that stopped short in front of us when the driver misjudged the size of a small boulder on the dirt road. Fun? Yes. Relaxing? Absolutely not.
To say that I was happy to see a smiling face and have a young, friendly bellhop to carry my luggage up to the room upon arrival at our hotel is an understatement.
The UK: A System in Flux
by David Hawkins
Head of Careers, Taunton School
The British Higher Education system used to be straightforward, certainly for those like me working in British schools and who attended a UK university. However, recent changes in government policy have made steps towards creating a market for university places, with this to change yet further in future years. Though some of my colleagues across the UK find this all quite worrying, for those of us working on an international stage it simply brings the UK into line with the rest of the world. So, from a British counsellor’s perspective here are the key changes to be aware of.
World of Apps - Five Top Travel Apps
By Aaron Andersen
Director, International Recruitment | AMEA - University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Canada
Traveling, busy schedules, multiple projects, time zones, these are just a few things that the international educator copes with on a daily basis. Thanks to the ubiquitous smart phone there is often an app for that.
World of Apps : Apps Reviewed - for the Overseas(ACAC) minded professional.
Today we take a look at five travel apps that can make your life a little easier.
OnTheFly by ITA Software – iOS , Android (.free)
The Zen of International Admissions
By Alison Herget
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions - Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
International recruitment certainly has its share of complexities and curve balls. I'll be the first to admit I had my fairshare last year during my first international recruitment trip last year as an admissions officer at Brandeis. After three weeks in Asia, I returned -- jet-lagged for weeks and with enough crazy stories to write a book. When I told my friend about how I hailed a cab amid an 8-lane busy road in Beijing then almost felt like I was going to die in the hands of a sleepy cab driver who transported us to the airport, she thought I was crazy to want to do what I do for a living. "That sounds so...exhausting," she said.