Emily and Kim attended an invitation-only event at George Mason University to learn more about the School of Engineering and their undergraduate degree offerings in Cyber-Security. After lunch in the Johnson Center they met with Deans, Faculty and Admissions staff members learning about the current program, its future direction and the application requirements. The afternoon culminated with a tour of the Engineering Department’s lab facilities.
Kim and Emily jointly presented “College Admissions: The Basics” to 60 high school students from around the world attending Blueprint Summer Pre-College Programs (www.bpsummerprograms.com) at Georgetown University.
Kim coordinated the Metropolitan Information eXchange’s (MIX) annual meeting. The group reviewed the success of their events in 2014-2015, discussed their future goals, and began to plan activities for independent educational consultants during the upcoming year.
Emily met with Rick Beyers, Managing Partner, Miles Howland Education Partners (www.mheducationpartners.com) to learn more about their plan to guide high school graduates in securing college credit for internships, work experience, online offerings, and other non-classroom based learning experiences. Their guidance will focus on helping students put a plan in place and turn their practical experience into college credit when they are ready to transition to a traditional university environment.
Emily facilitated one of the ten round table discussions at IECA’s (www.iecaonline.com) first-ever Northeast Regional Symposium on “The Future of College Admissions ”. Over 90 consultants spent the day with Deans and Directors of Admissions and Vice Presidents of Enrollment Management from five small liberal arts Northeast/Mid-Atlantic colleges and universities: Franklin and Marshall College (www.fandm.edu), Marist College (www.marist.edu), Swarthmore College (www.swarthmore.edu), University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu), and Wheaton College (www.wheaton.edu). College affordability was the dominating theme throughout the day – during both the morning admissions panel discussion and the afternoon panel with consultants. There was a lively discussion at Emily’s roundtable with Jim Bock, Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College on the definition of middle class in 21st century America in relation to their ability to pay college tuition.
Following our meeting with Applerouth in May, Jenna Berk dropped by for a tour of our offices. We had a more in-depth conversation about the upcoming changes to the SAT and ACT and discussed strategies for guiding students beginning with the Class of 2017.