Challenges, Triumphs, and Advice: School Counseling During a Pandemic

Challenges, Triumphs, and Advice: School Counseling During a Pandemic As we continue to make our way through National School Counseling Week, we wanted to bring to light some of our very own school counselor SACAC member voices! From student support and success to college and career counseling and everything in between, our high school counselors […]

A Glimpse Inside YES-Appalachia in North Carolina

A Glimpse Inside YES-Appalachia in North Carolina Rebecca Figueroa (she/her), Operations Manager, YES-Appalachia (NC) Tell us about your program and what you do:    YES-Appalachia is a community-based organization that identifies high-performing, low-income students from rural Appalachia. Our mission is to uphold and implement America’s promise of equal opportunity for equal talent in the Western North […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

February SC State of the Month: Planting Ideas and Packaging Higher Education

Planting Ideas and Packaging Higher Education Monica Rozman, Clemson University As an admissions counselor, one of my favorite things to share is how some of my alma mater’s niche programs showcase the university. Landscape architecture is a program that takes advantage of Clemson’s strong agricultural heritage and architecture program. Landscape architects often work closely with […]