BLOG

College Summer Programs List 2016 

Search below to see a list of member institutions summer program offerings for high school students !

More and more colleges and universities are offering short term on-campus programs that offer a taste of what life would be like at that institution.  Many offer a mixture of academic and social content, courses taught by tenured professors, and some even provide credit.  All provide a fantastic way to discover college life and an enriching summer experience. 

Selecting a summer program can be as challenging as choosing which college to apply for – thankfully its hard to make a bad choice.  Here are some factors to consider while working with your students and their parents:

-       Dream College : This may be the first chance for your student to experience the college they already have at the top of their list.  However, as a grade 10 or 11 student, there is still time to explore.  If a student’s heart has always been set on College X , and will apply there no matter what - - then perhaps a summer program at College Y is the perfect opportunity to discover the next best thing. 



Read More

Conference Funding Request Template

Many counselors attend the International ACAC Conference thanks to the support of their school's administration. However, sometimes just finding the time to write a letter of request can be a challenge.
 
If you need help requesting funding for this valuable professional development opportunity, International ACAC has drafted the following letter template to get you started. 

INSTRUCTIONS: Simply access the template from this blog post, copy the content into a word document, edit and personalize, mail to your principal/superintendent, cross your fingers ... 
 

 

Click HERE to download the Conference Funding Request Template





Read More

Top Benefits of NACAC Membership

This year marks my 10th year counseling here in Seoul.  For the past several years I have been both a NACAC and International ACAC member. 

Why International ACAC ? Our President Joe put it best.  “We are a family.”  We are a select group of international educators who have a distinct passion and appreciation for those serving and living overseas.  It is part of our identity, and it is what makes our association not only unique, but as Tina Turner would say it…“simply the best.”  

But why NACAC ? However, many often wonder why I’m still a member of NACAC and attend their conference every year.  Even last fall, when I attended the San Diego conference, “You attend NACAC as well?” was a question I heard more often than not.  So, to my fellow International ACAC members, after another year of membership and attending another mind-blowing NACAC, I have been reaffirmed of my commitment to both the National AND the International Association for College Admissions Counseling.  Here’s why...   

 

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Giving & Receiving - Top Gifts from the Global Road


By Samantha Deleon
   
The University of Illinois at Chicago

Survey Says!! : What's the BEST gift you received from a university representative or high school counselor ?  Whats the best memento you have ever shared with a friend or family member after a trip ? 

Thinking about giving and receiving at this time of year we thought we'd look at some of the best gifts the university reps have received from counselors, and some of the ways university reps are giving back upon their return home...

Read More

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

 

Read More

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. 


Read More

Members Submitted : Top Packing Tips


By Samantha Deleon
    The University of Illinois at Chicago

You’ve scheduled your visits, registered for fairs, confirmed your bookings for hotels and flights, and now it’stime to actually pack.

How do you pack for a 10-day trip to India or a 7-week trip around the world? It will be autumn in Japan, sticky in Singapore, dusty in Dubai, and raining in Europe.  I polled the OACAC Group on Facebook and the top things to include while packing include:

  1. Reliable Luggage (I just purchased my first lifetime warranty luggage with advice from some of my seasoned recruiter colleagues. Does Briggs & Riley sound familiar?)
  2. International Data Plan (Check to see that your phone is actually covered in the countries you visit. I came back to find out that 7 minutes using data to message a driver in Brunei can cost $300.)
  3. External Battery Charger
  4. Business Cards
  5. Visa
  6. Noise Cancelling Headphones
  7. Versatile Outfits and Comfortable Shoes (This can basically be a whole blog for me, but I’ll let the Capsule Wardrobe speak for itself below.)
  8. Cash (I use clear snack bags to separate my currencies.)
  9. Convertor/Travel Adapter
  10. Table Cover

Thanks for your participation, and I do have some other helpful tips:






Read More

Are you going to OACAC?


By Kelly Braun
 
Int'l School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo 

That’s a wrap! With some of us nearing or finishing our academic year, we head back to our home countries, take our valued holidays, reflect on the last year, and most importantly...attend this year’s OACAC conference. OACAC is a highlight of my year, it’s a great way to finish up the last academic year and kick off a new one. I always take away incredible ideas from the presenters, inevitably meet someone new every time I turn around, and see people I consider good friends who live at least 3,000 miles away. The question at this time of year amongst our kind is not “what are you doing this summer?” but instead “are you going to OACAC?”. People are bummed if you can’t go this year, but the promise of attendance in future years makes everyone feel a bit better.

This year I am especially excited, as a born and bred Pacific Northwesterner, I am thrilled I won’t have to travel to the other coast, instead we will be enjoying what my beautiful home state of Oregon has to offer. It’s the land of trees that are hundreds of years old, local microbrews, fantastic wine, Ducks vs. Beavers, delicious Voodoo doughnuts, and boutique coffee shops on just about every corner. This year’s conference will no doubt be another great one, Eugene here we come! #OACAC2015 

Read More

Exactly What to Expect in Eugene*

 
By Beau C. Benson
Senior Assistant Director, New York University

10. Spread out over 295 acres in the beautiful Willamette Valley between the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon’s campus will offer plenty of opportunities to break out your walking/jogging/running shoes. Try to see as much as possible -- but remember, see as much as possible while sporting your Nikes, which were founded by University of Oregon track athlete Philip Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1964

9. Not a fan of running? Well, we’ve got you covered. Bicycling magazine called Eugene one of the ten most bicycle-friendly cities in the nation.

Read More

OACAC Scholars 2015

By Joan Liu
University Advisor, United World College of South East Asia

OACAC actively promotes access to higher education opportunities for the neediest students around the world by supporting those who work directly with them. Through the OACAC Scholarship Program, we fund and support high-impact counselors working to help academically bright, but under-resourced international students gain access to higher education.  

Thank you for helping us identify talented counselors around the world. This year, we received 73 nominations from you. We then reached out to these nominees to encourage them to apply for the OACAC Scholarship. In total, we received 61 applications from 49 countries. 



Read More

Is the Admission Process Broken?
A Counselor's Perspective from China 

 

By Hamilton Gregg
HGIEC - Educational Consultant

The following is a submission from a long time OACAC member expressing his view on the current state of admissions as it pertains to students in China, and beyond.  Hamilton offers this reflection as the start of a dialogue, and with any discussion there is surely to be different points of views. OACAC invites readers to provide their views and perspectives in the Comments section at the bottom of the article. 

This year has been a bit tumultuous with month after month of SAT cheating scandals, continued reports of unethical agents or companies manufacturing outstanding student portfolios, intense “coaching” on essays and all sorts of other behavior to throw out the question “what’s going on?”









Read More

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:



Read More

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?


















Read More

Intro to ORI - Interview with Juan-Camilo Tamayo


By Aaron Andersen
VP Communications, OACAC

This summer OACAC will host the first Regional Institute in Shanghai China. The Regional Institute will allow for two days of concentrated networking, educational sessions, and conversations that are specific to China and Asia. Through in-depth and focused conversations, all participants will leave with a greater understanding of the educational process, admission requirements, and the challenges and opportunities students face when applying to a university outside of their home country.

Recently, OACAC.com talked with OACAC executive board member, VP Government Relations and chief ORI coordinator Juan-Camilo Tamayo about this exciting new initiative and what members can expect. 

Aaron Andersen: Thanks for taking time to talk a little about the upcoming OACAC Regional Institute. Now I know it will be held August 17-18 , about a month after the OACAC Conference in Oregon. With two different conference programs how will members decide which to attend ? 





Read More

Find Yourself Not Your "Passion"


By Kelly Braun
 Int'l School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo

If I have another admission rep come into my school and tell my students that the best thing for them to do in high school is find their passion, I am going to scream. No joke. I am going to scream at the top of my lungs with reckless abandon. 

Passion is such a huge word. These kids are dealing with waaaaaay more pressure than I ever remember dealing with. They worry about their SAT scores, the amount of vocabulary they know, what their parents want, trying to ace all those classes that they are taking, and round out their extracurriculars with violin practice and basketball. Kids think that they need to fit into the “perfect student cookie cutter” so they can get into Harvard, even though I tell them that the cookie cutter is going to get them nowhere, just a mental breakdown.

So when admission people tell them they need to find their passion?

Add that to the short list of things they still need to do. 





Read More

College Summer Programs : 2015

 

While here in the northern hemisphere it may be the middle of winter, it's never too early to be thinking about summer plans. For juniors and sophomores this is a particularly good time to be exploring college summer programs.  

More and more colleges and universities are offering short term on-campus programs that offer a taste of what life would be like at that institution.  Many offer a mixture of academic and social content, courses taught by tenured professors, and some even provide credit.  All provide a fantastic way to discover college life and an enriching summer experience. 

Read More

Quality Summer Programs: From Safety to Leadership, How to Recommend One Over Another


By Katherine Dayton
Director of VISIONS Service Adventures

As summer approaches, many guidance counselors are asked to steer students towards quality summer programs that not only align with particular interests, but also with college admission goals. While some kids may be looking for an academic focus, others may be looking for experiential opportunities beyond the classroom, from wilderness and sleep-away camps to international teen tours and community service programs.

When it comes to travel based summer programs, there is no governing body that sets standards; literally anyone can start an international program and take kids overseas. That means it is important to do some legwork to make sure the programs you recommend to your students are safe, reputable, and high quality.Director of VISIONS Service Adventures 

Delving beyond the glossy brochures and spiffy websites, here are some important questions to ask:







Read More

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:

Wake up

Get dressed (don’t forget the comfy shoes!)
Pack materials for the day
Head out

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)














Read More