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Ithaca College to Host Conference for College Admission Counselors

 ITHACA, NY — Some 700 professionals who serve college-bound students will gather at Ithaca College June 6–8 for the annual conference of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC). The program will feature a keynote address by Jeff Selingo, vice president and editorial director of the “Chronicle of Higher Education” and a 1995 journalism graduate of Ithaca College.

The conference — whose theme this year is “Beyond the Headlines” — offers numerous educational workshops and social networking events for those who are involved in assisting students transition into their post-secondary education. Many of the activities will be held at the college’s new Athletics and Events Center.

“This promises to be an outstanding opportunity for professional development and dialogue around the most pressing issues facing higher education,” said Gerard Turbide, Ithaca College director of admission. “The college is proud to set the stage for guidance counselors, admission professionals and community-based organizations to work together toward positive outcomes for the students we serve.”

More than 60 sessions will be held over the course of the conference, including an Enrollment Leadership Roundtable that will explore such issues as what colleges and universities are doing to address access and affordability and how the recession has impacted student recruitment and enrollment.

Ithaca College vice president for enrollment and communication Eric Maguire and associate vice president for marketing communications Rachel Reuben will present “Look Before You Leap: Research as a Foundation for Brand Identity Development.” Other workshop topics will include:

  • The Best Practices for College Preparation and Success for At-Risk and Nontraditional Students
  • The Importance of an Effective College Visit
  • Ensuring College Success: The Transition from High School to College
  • Social Media: What Is Its Value in the College Search Process?
  • A Debt Deferred: The Impact of College Cost on College Counseling
  • Serving Students from Working Families

High school counselors will be able to engage in meaningful dialogue on admissions criteria and policy from nearly 80 college representatives from across the Northeast during the Counselors’ College Fair. Informal networking will take place during such social activities as the golf outing, bocce tournament and evening of wine tasting and live music on the Ithaca Commons.

Selingo’s presentation, titled “The Value Gap,” will offer insights on the college of the future — how families will pay, what campuses will look like and how students will learn and prove their value in the job market. Selingo is in charge of long-term editorial strategy for the Washington, D.C.-based “Chronicle of Higher Education,” which is a leading source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. He is currently working on his first book, “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students.”

Preceding the conference will be a one-day program on campus organized by the NYSACAC Human Relations Committee. “Beyond Admission: College Retention and Success” will offer thought-provoking sessions in support of the association’s goals around the issues of diversity, equity and access.

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