The 2012 Admission and College Counseling Institute (ACCI) offers a unique opportunity for new admission professionals and high school counselors of all experience levels to focus on the "how tos" of the college admission process.
During this 4-day professional development event, participants will develop a greater understanding of how their work affects the lives of prospective college students and learn about effective professional tools. In addition to connecting with colleagues from institutions throughout the Southwestern region, attendees participate in special activities that bring higher education and high school professionals together, including a mock college fair, and several networking events.
The 2012 ACCI will feature the following tracks tailored for admission professionals and high school counselors:
The Higher-Education Track:
- Defining Your Professional Role
- The Diverse Campus
- Financial Aid and Access
- Public Policy
- Territory Management
- Recruiting International and Transfer Students
- Increase Emphasis on Presentation Skills
The Secondary-Education Track:
- Students with Special Needs and Interests
- Letters of Recommendation
- College Nights, College Fairs, and Special Programming
- Financial Aid
Curriculum chairs for the 2012 institute are Wes Waggoner and Carol Wasden.
Wes Waggoner is Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Southern Methodist University.
Carol Wasden is Director of College Counseling at The Hockaday School.
Additional faculty will include admission, counseling and financial aid leaders from throughout Texas and the Southwestern Region.
Residential fee: $675
Commuter fee: $575
Optional Sunday and/or Thursday night lodging: $100 per night
Registration is now closed.
The residential fee covers the cost of materials, on-campus housing for Monday through Wednesday night, and most meals. The commuter fee includes only materials and meals. For details on exactly what's included, commuter fee restrictions, the cancellation policy, and more, please see the FAQs.
ACCI Mock College Fair
During the Admission and College Counseling Institute, all attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a Mock College Fair. In addition to practicing your newly acquired or honed skills, you will have a chance to learn more about your colleagues and the institutions that they represent. Please plan to wear attire with your institution or school logo and if possible, bring business cards. Table toppers and covers/skirts are also encouraged.
Colleges and universities should bring or ship preferred materials. There may be as many as sixty people coming by your table, so please plan accordingly. If you are shipping materials directly to TCU, please ensure that they arrive before Monday, July 16th so they can be directed to the correct location on-campus. Please also make sure that the box is clearly labeled for "ACCI College Fair." The shipping address for Mock College Fair materials is:
TCU Office of Admission
3301 Bellaire Drive North
Fort Worth, TX 76129
About the Sponsors
ACCI is co-sponsored by the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) and The College Board. Both membership organizations share a common interest in the support and professional development of professionals entering the field as well as an ongoing commitment to educational institutions.
"ACCI 2011 helped to ground me in the basic foundations of being an admission counselor. I had not even started working as a counselor before attending ACCI so this conference was a great way to start!"
—Rebecca Stich, Undergraduate Admission Counselor, University of Dallas
"I could never have imagined at the time just how invaluable the relationships I formed while at ACCI would be during my first travel season. ACCI not only gave me a great knowledge foundation as a new counselor, but also provided me with about 30 instant friends that I was able to keep in touch with and lean on while getting the hand of being on the road for the first time."
—Megan McPherson, Freshman Admissions Counselor, The University of Houston
"ACCI helped me appreciate and take pride in the college admissions profession as a whole. Going into my position, I had a naïve understanding that I would go out and promote my university to prospective students. Through ACCI, I learned that high school counselors and higher education professionals are working together to encourage students to continue to challenge themselves after high school."
—Denim Pittman, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Texas State University—San Marcos
"After moving from the higher education side of the desk to the secondary side of the desk, ACCI was the perfect way to make the transition and start my year off well. I felt knowledgeable and competent from my work experience on the higher education side; however, each session on the secondary track gave me the necessary foundation from which to begin anew. I've referenced my notes and sourcebook several times especially the sessions on College Athletics and the NCAA, College Planning 101 and The Recommendation: Counselor vs. Teacher. I recommend ACCI to all professionals working on either side of the desk for the foundation it provides and the updated information it gives on our ever-changing field of college admissions. I hope to give back what was given to me by the faculty and their shared expertise."
—Monica Y. Lopez, College Counselor, St. Pius X High School
"Interactive discussions were the best aspect to develop further.
Continued conversations via phone email, and blog foster a sense of community that can only enhance the cooperation we need to be successful."
—James B Jones, Counselor, Rockwall-Heath High School
"ACCI is a must-attend conference for any high school counselor. The information on college essays, letters of recommendation, and the selection process of college admissions offices has been invaluable to me as I help my students prepare for college and navigate the admissions process. The conference also provided opportunities for high school counselors to make connections with admissions representatives from so many colleges and universities. We returned to our school with loads of information to share with other counselors, teachers, students, and parents!"
—Susan Rhodes, Counselor, Carl Wunsche Sr. High School