NEWPORT, R.I. – More than 650 secondary school counselors and college admission representatives from throughout New England will attend the 34th Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) May 25-28 at Salve Regina University.
Returning to Rhode Island for the first time in more than a decade, the annual meeting brings together professionals who form the bridge between high schools and colleges for a week of professional development, guest speakers and workshops that tackle many of the biggest issues facing families pursuing higher education today.
“The Annual Meeting and Conference provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues, discuss the issues impacting our profession and focus on our shared goal of serving students and families as they chart their future,” said Laura McPhie Oliveira, vice president for enrollment at Salve Regina.
Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, will present the keynote address.
Barnes has worked as a marketing consultant for many national and international firms, including the National Pharmaceutical Council, the National Court Reporters Association and the Board of the British Parliament. She was invited to speak at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show on social media adoption in higher education.
She has published more than 125 articles in academic and professional journals and proceedings, has contributed chapters to books and has been awarded numerous research grants. She has been named a Senior Research Fellow and Research Chair by the Society for New Communications Research.
A community service component of the annual meeting will bring NEACAC participants to Rogers High School on Wednesday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m., where they will present “Getting Ready for Senior Year” to current Rogers juniors.
The NEACAC participants will also hold fundraisers throughout the week to support the Imagine Fund and Martin Luther King Jr. Center. The proceeds will be presented to both organizations during the conference’s closing ceremony on Friday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Salve Regina’s Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center.
Other conference highlights will include Ralph Tavares, associate director of admissions/coordinator of multicultural student recruitment at Salve Regina, who will moderate a session on the challenge of helping low-income high school students attend college. The session will include the screening of “First Person,” a documentary that follows six promising inner city Philadelphia teens pursuing their college dream, which will be followed by a panel discussion.
Topics of some of the more than 70 professional development sessions include: the role of parents in the admissions process; use of social media in the college search; the College Board’s decision to offer students “Score Choice” when taking the SAT; the dearth of Native American students in selective colleges; the campus visit; building an alumni program from scratch; and the use of the ACT in college admissions.
In another session, admission representatives from Yale, Tufts and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will talk openly about their admissions process, giving secondary school counselors insight into the intricacies of the college application/decision processes. Another session, “Athletics in Admission,” will assist both secondary school counselors and admissions representatives with particular emphasis given to the recruitment model at Division I, II and III institutions.