Six Easy Ways to Earn MVP on Turkey Day

Six Easy Ways to Earn MVP on Turkey Day Bartley Sides, Associate Director of College Counseling, Christ Church Episcopal School (SC) In a few days, roughly 46 million turkeys will be consumed when our country pauses for a day of thanks with family and friends. However, one thing will certainly not pause this Thursday: the nagging […]

Hispanic Heritage Month – Member Spotlight

Hispanic Heritage Month – Member Spotlight Karen Vargas, Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University (NC) Tell us about your journey in the field of education and as an admissions/counseling professional. What are you most proud of accomplishing?  My passion for college admissions began when I was a student at Haverford College (PA). From tours to […]

Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Hispanic-Serving Institutions by the Inclusion, Access & Success Committee The story of higher education in the United States and the territories it colonized cannot be told without recognizing and celebrating, among other things, the influence on and contribution to higher education from Hispanic-identifying students and educators past, present, and future. As we recognize and celebrate […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day (*Updated post from 2020) by Rachel Fried (Seneca Nation), 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 […]

SACAC Member Spotlight on Dr. Erin Almond

Member Spotlight Dr. Erin Almond, KIPP Through College Program, Jacksonville (FL) When Dr. Erin Almond started with KIPP Jacksonville in 2013, she spent a lot of time listening to students and parents to understand what was important to them in regard to their education beyond KIPP so that she could provide the best counseling and […]

Serving the Underserved in Puerto Rico

Serving the Underserved in Puerto Rico Dr. Maria Rosa Bruno, University High School – University of Puerto Rico by Celeste Suris-Rosselli, Baldwin School of Puerto Rico It has long been acknowledged the inequity that exists in the public school system, a fact that could not be more true of the public school system in Puerto […]

SACAC Member Spotlight on John Palmer Rea

Highlighting John Palmer Rea John Palmer Rea, Belmont University, Nashville, TN John Palmer Rea started as a student recruiter and student worker in admissions when he was enrolled at Belmont University (Nashville, TN).  He managed and trained all of our tour guides and became president of our student Bruin Recruiter organization of over 130 volunteers.  […]

The Facts and Feelings of Choosing Your College or University: Tips

The Facts and Feelings of Choosing Your College or University: Tips Bryan Rutledge, Director of College Counseling, Woodward Academy, College Park, GA If you are a counselor trying to help students make college decisions this spring (or summer), we hope you will find these tips helpful to share with students! The waiting is finally over, […]

Community Based Organization Spotlight: The Peer Power Foundation (TN)

Community Based Organization Spotlight: The Peer Power Foundation (TN) Sydney Olojo, Director of Storytelling, Peer Power Institute The Peer Power Foundation (Memphis, TN) is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains high-performing college students to deliver high-dosage tutoring and mentorship in public schools. The organization launched in 2005 as a unique student-to-student tutoring concept at […]

This Day in 1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This Day in 1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Bill Pruden, College Counselor/Director of Civic Engagement, Ravenscroft School The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was a centerpiece of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society legislative program.  It was also a foundational part of his administration’s War on Poverty.  Indeed, when Johnson sent the bill to Congress in […]