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.
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...
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.
TOP PACKING TIPS
September 09, 2015 -
POSTED BY Aaron Andersen
POSTED IN productivity
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:
- Reliable Luggage (I just purchased my first lifetime warranty luggage with advice from some of my seasoned recruiter colleagues. Does Briggs & Riley sound familiar?)
- 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.)
- External Battery Charger
- Business Cards
- Noise Cancelling Headphones
- 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.)
- Cash (I use clear snack bags to separate my currencies.)
- Convertor/Travel Adapter
- Table Cover
Thanks for your participation, and I do have some other helpful tips:
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
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.
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.
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?”
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?
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 ?
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.
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.
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:
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)
Naviance Tuneup - Holiday Season Edition
By Tim Munnerlyn
American Community School – Abu Dhabi
Many of us are winding down the semester thinking of warm sunny beaches, shopping for those last minute presents or finalizing plans for friend and family get-togethers. In the spirit of giving, Naviance is a gift which continues to give beyond the mangled wrapping paper and proud, fleeting New Year resolutions.
Here are a few Naviance tips to get you through the holiday season and into the New Year.
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.
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.
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