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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. 



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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?”









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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:



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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?


















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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 ? 





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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. 





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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. 

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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:







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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)














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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.






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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. 

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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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5 Fast Facts 4 Foreign Apps


By Beau Benson
New York University

    It’s that time of the year again.
For a large portion of universities, applications will be due within the next month and a half. Around the world, students are placing the finishing touches on documents that will be shipped to admissions offices around the world. And in the weeks that follow their arrival, these documents will come to define and represent the applicant as universities begin the difficult task and building a unique and diverse Class of 2019!

While countless college admissions blogs have reiterated the standard tips for all applicants, regardless of citizenship, below just a few that should be highlighted specifically for the international community.


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A Call to Action: Verify your NACAC Affiliate

By Meghan McHale
Associate Director of Admissions, Tufts University 
Former Vice President of Membership for International ACAC


Are your interests and the interests of the students you serve represented appropriately by the National Association for College Admission Counseling?  Every year, NACAC enacts policy and provides guidance regarding important issues that impact students around the world.  As an affiliate of NACAC, it is International ACAC's duty to be the voice of the specific concerns our international (in so many ways!) population faces.

Many major decisions within NACAC are entrusted to the assembly: a group of 200 delegates from the affiliate organizations.  The number of delegates assigned to each affiliate is determined by the number of NACAC members aligned with each group.  It is the understanding of the Executive Board that our delegate count is artificially deflated.  The main reasons:


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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.










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Remembering Peggy Templeton Strong
Peggy Templeton Strong

It was great sadness that we learned that Peggy passed away on Friday, July 18th 2014. Tributes poured in through the OACAC Facebook Group and many shared their memories and fondness for a woman that was instrumental in the founding of OACAC.  Throughout her career she promoted the needs of students, mentored counselors and university representatives, and was instrumental in establishing the profession of international admissions and guidance. While she has left us, her spirit will remain, as those that knew her continue her work and vision of a world connected through education. Peggy was 102. 

 


OACAC Facebook Comments 


“Peggy was a dynamo”

“all of us, beneficiaries of the work, sacrifice, passion, effort, and time that Peggy put into students and into the profession as a whole. Rest in peace, Peggy.”





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RED : Retired Extremely Delighted to help

 
by Peter Hauet
"Retired"

Where do retired high school counselors and college admission professionals go to retire?  What do they do?  At the fantastic OACAC conference in Florida a group of us came together to discuss this at a workshop hosted by Peter Hauet, Jane Lowery and Vivian Cipolla.  The “Expert Group” is a subcommittee of the OACAC membership committee.  So what can we do?

We started with some obvious items:  We love the profession; we love what we do or did and want to stay involved.


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Ten Takeaways from the OACAC Conference


By Alison Herget & Kelly Braun
Alison Herget                Kelly Braun
Brandeis University      Int'l School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo 

Whether you were a first-timer or an old-timer, this year’s OACAC conference was a win-win for all. Here’s a list of our top ten takeaways from this year’s one-of-a-kind conference, hosted by University of South Florida, University of Tampa and Eckerd College.

1) By using the conference website BEFORE you saved money and had great advice. Worried about what to wear? How to get to the USF campus? The conference hosts did a great job of letting us know what to expect and where to go no matter how far and what country you are coming from.




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OACAC Conference By The Numbers

While a conference like OACAC 2014 , can never be just about the numbers... here it is just about the numbers... 

3 days + 3 nights



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OACAC CONFERENCE 2014 

This year OACAC is excited to be hosting its 21st annual conference in Tampa Bay. Highlights include over 80 educational sessions, college fairs and high school fairs attended by 100s of institutions from all over the world, pre-conference seminars, an exhibitors hall, a 5k Run for charity, and an endless social and networking events.  This years conference will be the largest yet, with maximum attendance reached of 1100 high school counsellors and university admissions representatives.   It promises to be an outstanding conference with something for everyone. 

We are very fortunate to have the generous support of fantastic sponsors. The conference would not be possible without their support and contribution. We appreciate their interest in OACAC’s vision and are grateful for their support

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