Before we all take some much deserved rest over the holiday and reflect on the opportunities for the new year, I wanted to update you on the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Leadership in College Admission. As you may already know, President Jayne Caflin Fonash and the NACAC Board of Directors have appointed a group of leaders to consider the future of college admission in the context of a rapidly evolving landscape. While the changes in NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practicescertainly present new challenges, so do shifting demographics, decreased funding for higher education, growing inequality and division in society, and tumultuous political climates, just to name a few.
Our work is impacted by greater forces in society and the profession is facing strong headwinds. NACAC intends to take the lead in helping members navigate these turbulent times. Ever the optimist, I accepted Jayne’s offer to serve as chair. I truly believe we should never let a good crisis go to waste. While a change in our code of ethics has led us to move with greater expediency, the challenges we face present us with opportunities to reimagine, reinvent, and strengthen the future of our profession.
And, while the ad hoc committee has been charged with examining some of the big issues that impact our future work, the first step will be engaging with members. This month, the committee will send a short survey to all members on topics the committee should address. The committee is seeking to focus on areas where NACAC has reach, impact, and jurisdiction. Although NACAC can’t solve all the problems facing education today, the most critical role the association continues to play is equipping members with the resources they need to navigate change. NACAC provides leadership in the areas that fulfill its core mission:
NACAC defines professional standards and provide leadership, knowledge, advocacy, research, and a forum for collaboration to support admission and counseling professionals.
The committee is determined to focus on areas where NACAC can have the greatest influence while maintaining fidelity to our core mission. We will tackle various questions, but at the heart of our work will always be you—the members. As our work becomes more complex, we want to ensure that NACAC is providing you with the support you need to be successful. Once the committee receives the results of the survey, we will reconvene to narrow down the issues. The goal is to tackle a few broad questions that are manageable, with possibilities for concrete action and strong impact. The next stage will be to engage other organizations to partner in achieving our goals. We recognize that we cannot do this work in a silo. Depending on the questions raised, we will invite researchers, policy practitioners, diversity experts, higher education leaders, and professional organizations to partner.
Finally, the committee is committed to keeping members updated on our progress.Through NACAC publications like the Bulletin, the Exchange, affiliate conferences, social media, and other platforms, we will aim to engage members and seek your counsel. I look forward to working together to envision a bright future that supports members and, most importantly, creates stronger pathways to postsecondary education for our students.
Angel B. Perez
Ad Hoc Committee on Leadership in College Admission
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