Check in with Board Member Myronee Simpson

Check in with Board Member Myronee Simpson Myronee Simpson (she/her/hers), Director of College Counseling, Oak Hall School (FL) Why did you want to join the SACAC Board? The first professional development event I attended when I became a college counselor was the 2005 SACAC Summer Seminar, which is how I first learned about the association. […]

Member Spotlight – Jahleese Hadley

Member Spotlight Jahleese Hadley, Director of College Access, GLOW Academy, Wilmington, NC Who/What first inspired you to work in education? Or What motivates you to wake up and go to work? I am a product of a small, all-girls college preparatory school in the heart of Spanish Harlem in New York City. I went to […]

The Potential of a Promise

The Potential of a Promise Andrew Colson, Admissions Counselor & Program Manager of the UAB Birmingham Promise, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) What is the Birmingham Promise and why does it matter? When the Birmingham Promise Scholarship was first announced by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, in the fall of 2019, I was […]

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

You’ve Got a Friend in Me Shannon Grimsley (left), Outreach Program Director, Get2College/Woodward Hines Education Foundation Brandi Lyndall (right), Director of GEAR UP Outreach, Get2College/Woodward Hines Education Foundation When students across Mississippi were sent home from high schools and colleges due to COVID-19 in March 2020, our world, and theirs, changed. Get2College responded professionally in […]

Supporting Transgender & Transitioning Students in the College Application Process

Supporting Transgender & Transitioning Students in the College Application Process Melissa Kotacka, MA NCC CT, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment *Views and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not the institution’s This year marks my thirteenth year in the admissions profession, and thirteen years of working with and supporting LGBTQIA+ students through […]


Today we celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights Sunishka Deshpande, 10th grader at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, shares more with us about this Hindu tradition: Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival celebrated with lighting […]

The Higher Education Act of 1965

The Higher Education Act of 1965 Bill Pruden, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC November 8, 2020 marks the 55th anniversary of the enactment of the Higher Education Act of 1965, a milestone piece of legislation that altered the relationship between the government and the higher education community and whose influence continues to be deeply felt to this […]

Celebrating National Transfer Student Week

Celebrating National Transfer Student Week           SACAC is excited to celebrate National Transfer Student Week this week! We contacted some SACAC post-secondary members who work directly in transfer admission for a virtual interview about this field of college admissions. Here are some selected responses: What are the biggest changes you’ve seen […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Rachel Fried, Director, Public School Initiative Basic cultural comprehension goes a long way. Often, schools and individuals are unsure where to even begin with Native recruitment and retention. The reality is, simple transformations can have great significance. As college access practitioners, a first step can be to look inward at institutional […]