Wednesday Sessions

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

These roundtable discussions give attendees the opportunity to engage in conversations about a trending topics that impact college admission counseling. From mental health of marginalized professionals to application fee waivers for underserved student populations, these discussion are not to be missed!

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Communicate, Collaborate, & Coordinate: Making Sense Out of the College-Going Process
As the nation seeks to improve college-going and completion rates, it is important to mobilize partners, coordinate messaging, and develop collaborative programming to support all students in completing the steps to college. In this panel, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning will highlight its effort in bringing together national campaign leaders seeking to simplify the college-going process. In partnership with ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, the American College Application Campaign, the National College Access Network, Reach Higher, and the Center for Postsecondary Readiness for Success have developed, a national repository of activities and resources that link the four national campaign efforts. The goal of the partnership is to support college-going students on the path to success, elevate individual campaigns, and set an example of collaboration for other national, state, and local partners. Panelists will share highlights of their campaign efforts, discuss the need for a broad, coordinated coalition effort to leverage combined communication resources to reach as many students as possible, and how the campaigns aim, together, to equip counselors and advisors with the information and tools they need to help their students navigate their education and career options more successfully.
Melissa H. Caperton, Director, American College Application Campaign, ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning
Laura Owen, Research Associate Professor, Director, Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, American University (DC)
Stephanie Owens, Director of Programs, Reach Higher, The Common Application (VA)
Kathy McDonald, Assistant Director for Network Partnerships, Florida College Access Network

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11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


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