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The Forum program includes a variety of session formats:

Colloquium: (60 minutes) A panel presentation featuring senior level educators discussing an important topic with broad appeal.
Roundtable Discussion: (75 minutes) A moderator-led open discussion on a predetermined topic among 25-30 participants seated in a circle.
Panel Presentation: (75 minutes) A breakout session on a targeted topic featuring practitioners and members.
Workshop: (120 minutes) A professional development session about a College Board program or service.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
7 a.m.–11 a.m. Networking Center Open


Stop by to network with colleagues and learn about College Board programs and initiatives.


Keywords: Networking Center Open

7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Registration Open


Before heading to sessions, pick up your name badge and conference materials at Registration.


Keywords: Registration

8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Preconference Workshops


The AP Capstone program has become one of the driving forces in equipping students with the independent research, teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued in college and careers. Dovetailing with AP Capstone is a new innovative pilot program, AP with WE Service, focused on service learning in six AP courses.
This workshop will provide a brief overview of the programs. AP Capstone teachers will discuss the value of offering this new program, and will share ideas for using critical inquiry, research, and service learning projects to develop connections between academic content and real-world context. In addition, leaders in higher education will share their feedback about how these innovative AP programs can spark greater appreciation for AP course and exam redesign, and share suggestions for supporting student-focused on-ramps. This session will present new information about how the AP Capstone program and the new AP with WE Service learning modules are influencing admission and enrollment.


Moderator: Pamela Kerouac, Senior Director, AP Higher Education, The College Board, FL

  • Kristin Brandt, AP Seminar Teacher, Glenbard West High School, IL
  • Sean Byrne, AP Seminar Teacher, Glenbard West High School, IL
  • Bard Keeler, Senior Director, AP Capstone, The College Board, FL
  • Joseph O'Shea, Assistant Provost, Florida State University, FL
  • Jonathan Rosenthal, Associate Provost, Illinois State University, IL
  • Kelly Stromberg, AP Teacher, North Central High School, WA


Keywords: AP Capstone, AP with WE Service


Academic preparation and college advising begin well before a student’s junior year.Contemporary school counselors are intrinsically involved in providing a wide array of information and support to students as they move toward postsecondary education. Join this interactive session to learn about best practices in college advising, including critical advanced placement, college planning, and assessment tools that will assist academic, career, and personal development for all students.


  • Jennifer Dunn, Director, Counselor Engagement, The College Board, DC
  • Vincent Sasso, Director, Counselor Engagement, The College Board, PA


Keywords: college advising, counselors, College Board programs, tools, resources


In this free session, SAT test center supervisors will hear feedback gathered from their peers and how the College Board is incorporating that feedback for the 2016-17 school year. Updates and tips useful in planning SAT administrations will be shared. The group will meet together to start, and then break out into weekend and School Day supervisors (those who do both will have an opportunity to get all relevant information). Registration is available for SAT Test Center Supervisors only.


  • Andrew Courchane, Executive Director, Assessment Programs, The College Board, NY
  • Jennifer Herbek, Senior Director, Registration and Test Administration, The College Board, VA
  • Adrienne Kupper, Senior Director, Assessment Programs, The College Board, NY
  • Jodi Osteen, Director, Registration and Test Administration, The College Board, VA


Keywords: SAT, test administration, supervisors

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. New Attendee Welcome


Join a special session for new attendees hosted by former College Board Trustees. Hear tips for navigating the Forum and becoming more engaged as College Board members.


Moderator: Gordon Stanley, Director of College Counseling, Webb School of Knoxville, TN

  • Georgette DeVeres, Associate Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Claremont McKenna College, CA
  • Adrian Mims, National Calculus Project Director, Replications Incorporated, MA
  • Leo Munson, Associate Provost for Academic Support, Texas Christian University, TX


Keywords: New Attendee Welcome

11 a.m.–Noon Opening Plenary


Five college students are sharing their unique college going experiences with Meredith Walker, who moderates this all-female panel. Learn about strategies, best practices, and overcoming challenges of preparing students for college and career.  The role and importance of effort, focused practice and persistence in the educational journey will be explored.  

Meredith Walker is the cofounder and executive director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an online community encouraging activism and self-expression for young girls and the young at heart. Founded by Walker and actor Amy Poehler, the organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.


Moderator: Meredith Walker, Founder and Executive Director, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, TX

  • Rachel Ensing, Masters of Science Degree Candidate, University of Miami, FL
  • Nancy Le, Student, Northwestern University, IL
  • Wilgory Tanjong, Student, Princeton University, NJ
  • Gabrielee Valle, Student, Smith College, MA
  • Fiona Wilcox, Student, University of Oregon, OR


Keywords: Opening Plenary, Smart Girls, Student panel

Noon–1 p.m. Networking Lunch


Networking Lunch


Keywords: Networking Lunch

1–5 p.m. Networking Center Open


Stop by to network with colleagues and learn about College Board programs and initiatives.


Keywords: Networking Center Open

1:15–2:15 p.m. Forum Colloquia


At the end of 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal law governing K-12 education that replaces No Child Left Behind. The new law, which takes effect academic year 2017-18, provides a great deal of flexibility for states and districts to develop assessment and accountability systems, evaluate school performance and implement intervention strategies, and determine funding priorities. How is ESSA being implemented? What are the big issues facing states and districts? How does ESSA change the way students are educated? This session will break down ESSA’s new requirements, describe how states are tackling these provisions, and explain the implications for teachers and students.


Moderator: Karen Lanning, Senior Director, Federal Relations, The College Board, DC

  • David DeSchryver, Senior Vice President, Co-Director of Research, Whiteboard Advisors, DC
  • Michele McNeil, Senior Director, K-12 Policy Analysis and Design, The College Board, DC


Keywords: Federal Policy


Hispanic and black/African American students are among the largest minority populations in the United States and the percentage of these students entering computer science (CS) and STEM studies is discouragingly low. This is troubling because exposure to CS can lead to some of the best paying jobs in the world. Recent studies suggest that engaging pedagogy applied to relevant and compelling CS curriculum helps increase participation of underrepresented students in CS. The AP Program has committed to a new AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course specifically designed to attract a more diverse student population. This session will allow participants to explore concepts in a panel and hands-on interactive format, along with a description of the course and how AP CSP aims to engage students of color to broaden participation. Participants will develop an understanding of fundamental computer science education & experience a model of how inquiry can be effectively used in classroom instruction to provide a pathway into computing.


Moderator: Lien Diaz, Senior Director, AP Computer Science, The College Board, GA

  • Sandy Czajka, AP Computer Science Teacher, Riverside Brookfield High School, IL
  • Dale Reed, Professor, Director of Undergraduate Recruiting in Computer Science, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL


Keywords: Advanced Placement®, advocacy, STEM, computer science


In its new decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the University of Texas at Austin and reaffirmed nearly 40 years of precedent allowing institutions to pursue race-conscious policies in support of their mission-driven interests in the educational benefits of diversity. But the Court also emphasized the importance of evidence and ongoing institutional processes to support the limited use of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions. Fisher II thus represents a victory for higher education’s diversity efforts – but also a call for institutions to recommit themselves to justifying those policies moving forward.
This session will review key elements of the Court’s decision and identify important takeaways for institutions of higher education. It will give special attention to the body of research recently explored by the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative that could assist institutions to define their diversity related goals, identify optimal strategies to achieve them, and assess impact over time.


Moderator: Bradley Quin, Executive Director, Higher Education Advocacy, The College Board, VA

  • Arthur Coleman, Managing Partner, EducationCounsel, DC
  • Liliana Garces, Associate Professor of Education & Research Associate , Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • OiYan Poon, Associate Professor, School of Education , Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Terri Taylor, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel, DC


Keywords: race, enthicity, admissions, holistic

1:15–2:15 p.m. Trends in Higher Education


Join the authors as they discuss the latest findings from Trends in College Pricing 2016 and Trends in Student Aid 2016. Be among the first to receive copies of both reports. By examining the most up-to-date and accurate information, session participants will develop the skills needed to help students, families, institutions, and policymakers understand published college prices, as well as financial aid options.
Participants will identify the differences between sticker and net price at various types of institutions, and be able to utilize that data to clearly communicate cost information to others. A Q&A segment will offer attendees an opportunity to interact with the authors at the end of the session. This session will be recorded and available for future viewing on the College Board’s Trends in Higher Education website.


Moderator: Jack Buckley, Senior Vice President, The College Board, DC

  • Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, DC
  • Jennifer Ma, Policy Research Scientist, The College Board, DC


Keywords: college prices, student aid, college affordability, college choice

2:30–3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions and Roundtable Discussions


The Achievement Gap Task Force is a partnership between San Diego’s 42 district superintendents and business and community leaders, with support from the County Office of Education. Together, we are putting aside egos and cooperating to close achievement and opportunity/equity gaps in our schools. This involves methodical and purposeful steps such as transcript analysis and the creation of short-term and long-term action plans. In this session, superintendents from two districts will share how they are taking steps to confront mindsets, uncover limiting practices, expand resources, and engage staff in collaboration to improve opportunities for all students. Session participants will analyze the full process for forming a partnership — from starting the conversation with stakeholders and students to developing a common purpose and implementing changes.


  • Kevin Holt, Superintendent, San Marcos Unified School District, CA
  • Karen Janney, Superintendent, Sweetwater Union High School District, CA
  • Jean Madden-Cazares, Assistant Superintendent Learning & Leadership, San Diego County Office of Education, CA
  • Erin Richison, Lead Principal in Residence, San Diego County Office of Education


Keywords: achievement gap, transcript analysis, partnership


The Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas ISD boasts a highly successful student body, consisting primarily of underrepresented socioeconomic, ethnic, and ELL populations. Our commitment to retaining, supporting, and developing all students has resulted in high standardized test scores and graduation rates. This session will explore the most reproducible element of our success: a freshman/sophomore program that simultaneously accelerates learning and fills in significant skill gaps before the start of freshman year. Participants will develop a series of concrete program ideas and specific reforms (such as double-blocking and cross-curricular support) that they can use to design their own summer camps. We will offer an overview of lessons learned and mistakes made, in order to help others efficiently establish a positive, productive campus culture that supports students from day one through college placement.


  • Amanda Ashmead, Humanities Chair, School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas ISD, TX
  • Joshua Newton, Math Chair, School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas ISD, TX


Keywords: under-represented minorities, skill gaps, summer camps


Scholars estimate that by 2020, racial/ethnic minority groups in the U.S. population will be the majority. Despite this changing demographic, racial/ethnic minorities are still underrepresented in colleges and universities across the nation. Their absence is particularly noticeable in the STEM fields. Bridge programs provide important college readiness skills and cultural capital that promote retention for underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation students. However, bridge programs vary in structure, focus, institutional funding, and resources. This panel will feature four bridge program professionals from three predominately white institutions (PWIs) who direct either liberal arts or engineering bridge programs. Session participants will learn best practices and strategies for directing liberal arts and engineering bridge programs and supporting underrepresented and first-generation college students at PWIs.


  • Devita Bishundat, Director of Community Scholars Program and Assistant Director for Academic & Student Support Services, Georgetown University , DC
  • Kristin Finch , Program Manager, Center for STEM Diversity , Tufts University , MA
  • Robert Mack , Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education & BLAST Director , Tufts University , MA
  • Jeffery Tecosky-Feldman, Sr. Lecturer In Mathematics and Haverford Summer Science Program and the Chesick Scholars Program , Haverford College, PA


Keywords: college access, underrepresented, STEM, bridge programs


Looming concerns about student loan debt have led some prominent thinkers to return to an idea that originated in the 1950s with Milton Friedman: Income Share Agreements. Rather than borrowing money with a set repayment plan, students receive assistance while in school and upon entering the workforce, agree to pay a percentage of their income for a fixed number of years. That way, payments remain proportional to income, unlike with traditional private or PLUS loans. In 2015, Purdue University (a land-grant institution in Indiana) researched and developed a plan to give students access to this new financing mechanism. This session will explain what ISAs are (and are not), how they work, and how Purdue established the key elements of its ISA program to create an appealing alternative for students and the general public.


  • Brian Edelman, CFO and Treasurer, Purdue Research Foundation, IN
  • Pamela Horne, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Purdue University, IN
  • Theodore Malone, Executive Director, Division of Financial Aid, Purdue University, IN


Keywords: Income Share Agreements, ISA programs, Student Aid, student loan repayment


Campus faculty have the right and responsibility to oversee curricular decisions, but administrative leaders may sometimes need to help place curriculum review in a broader context of college transfer and articulation. In this session, two leaders from the Academic Affairs departments at Duke University and Moravian College will share insights on how to foster a campuswide culture of curriculum review and alignment, focusing particularly upon academic articulation and precollege course work through Advanced Placement. Participants will learn common pitfalls to avoid and best practices to implement. Particular focus will be placed on ensuring that discussions of academic integrity also retain a commitment to access and diversity. College Board staff will provide context on recent curricular changes within the redesigned AP program.


  • Cathy Brigham, Senior Director, Academic Relations, The College Board, TX
  • Cynthia Kosso, Provost, Moravian College, PA


Keywords: Advanced Placement, curricular alignment, curriculum review, academic integrity


This session will gather perspectives from senior enrollment managers at a top-tier public institution and a highly reputable private institution, as well as from a leading expert on market-informed strategy. They will share how they have partnered with their presidents and academic leaders to affect transformative institutional change and realize enrollment goals while being true to the missions of their institutions. Substantive initiatives regarding curriculum, student life, learning modes, experiential and international opportunities can have a greater impact on enrollment than changes in price and aid.
This panel will consider examples of how such programs have had a profound impact on enrollment. These leaders will reveal how they have used robust market research to guide the development of academic, student life, and other initiatives on their campuses. Art & Science Group provides a wide variety of public and private colleges and universities with strategic market research and recommendations built on a foundation of empirical rigor and creative thinking.


  • Michael Kabbaz, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Miami University, OH
  • Laura Martin-Fedich, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Agnes Scott College, GA
  • David Strauss, Principal, Art and Science Group, MD


Keywords: admission, enrollment, strategy, leadership


Over the last year the College Board’s Higher Education unit has been engaged in a conversation with a wide range of institutions to explore the nature of different admission decisions-making models. In the last several years the expansion of elements besides objective data (GPA, standardized test scores, rank in class) factoring into the admission evaluations process has grown dramatically.
As an enhancement of an established individualized review, often referred to as a holistic review, the models adopted by institutions are as varied as their institutional identities and missions differ. Nevertheless, the holistic review models are proving to be effective and often more efficient ways for institutions to review and make good match decisions. This session will explore case studies that illustrate how a selection of institutions with very different missions and enrollment goals have successfully introduced and employed holistic review.


Moderator: Bradley Quin, Executive Director, Higher Education Advocacy, The College Board, VA

  • Don Hossler, Professor Emeritus of Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, IN
  • Jerome Lucido, Associate Dean of Strategic Enrollment and Professor of Research, University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, CA


Keywords: holistic, admissions, review, decisions


This is the perfect primer for high school counselors. Recent media reports highlight the small number of students with excessive debt, rather than focusing on the majority of students who experience a positive return on investment. Understanding financial aid awards, specifically student loans, can be difficult for first-time college students and their families. Borrowing to pay for higher education can be the best investment students and their parents make. However, it’s important to fully assess the investment through degree completion, not just for one year of college. This session will provide an overview of federal and private loans, examples of total debt and repayment obligations, and options for managing repayment. You will get the differing perspectives of private universities, community colleges and community based organizations. Participants will leave with information about how to help students and families understand true net price, weigh financial aid award levels, decide upon an acceptable level of debt, and properly value their investment.


  • Brian Lemma, Associate Director, Georgetown University, DC
  • Tracey Richards, Director of Financial Aid, Montgomery County Community College, PA
  • Tevera Stith, Director, KIPP DC: KIPP Through College, DC


Keywords: affordability, loan counseling, financial literacy, net price, community college


Early awareness programs set expectations for middle school students that college is financially possible and encourage them to pursue a college-prep curriculum in high school. This session will include a review of successful early awareness programs and a discussion of attendee experiences in the field. The National College Access Network (NCAN) will detail strategies including GEAR UP, College Savings Accounts, local and statewide scholarships, and information programs. I Know I Can will present their successful, externally evaluated Blueprint: College program for middle grade students in Columbus, Ohio.  Participants will have the chance to ask questions and share their own experiences and recommendations.


  • Laura Kraus, Director of Program Development, I Know I Can , OH
  • Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National College Access Network, DC


Keywords: early awareness, college prep, middle school, scholarship program


How can you ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in rigorous and challenging coursework? What can districts and schools do to increase student participation and success in advanced coursework? How can you address parent and teacher resistance to open access? This session will spotlight information about using student voice and talent development to enhance program growth. Join your colleagues in an interactive discussion focused on best practices and strategies to increase success and support for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Share your current successes and challenges and learn from one another during this roundtable session.


  • Alison Coker, Advanced Learning Programs Consultant, Cobb County Schools, GA
  • Stephanie Rainey, Assistant Principal, Allatoona High School, GA


Keywords: student support, success, Advanced Placement


The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies the top 2.5 percent of Hispanic/Latino scholars based on the PSAT/NMSQT. Roughly 5,000 students are honored by NHRP each year. This celebration of achievement also helps colleges and scholarship programs identify, recruit, and award scholarships to these students. This session will share new evidence of how the NHRP improves college choice and degree completion for this traditionally underrepresented group of students at academically matched institutions. Panelists will share institutional and student perspectives on NHRP and provide information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Session participants will also analyze how NHRP shifts where students enroll and alters the geographic distribution of where they earn their degrees.


Moderator: Angela Maria Garcia, Executive Director, College & Career Access, The College Board, NY

  • Yaneth Bello, Admissions Officer, University of Chicago, IL
  • Daniel Edeza, Director of Content, Research, and Evaluation, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, CA
  • Jonathan Smith, Policy Research Scientist, The College Board, DC


Keywords: Latino, scholarships, college choice, NHRP

4–5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions and Roundtable Discussions


Community colleges play a vital role as the entry point into postsecondary education for many Hispanic/Latino students. This session will showcase research findings about those students, including their later enrollment patterns and their degree attainment within six years after high school. Using College Board assessment data, we will investigate the relationship between exam participation and performance, student postsecondary education experience, and education outcome. We will explore the following question: Does participation in College Board programs increase the likelihood of students transferring to four-year institutions and completing a baccalaureate degree? Participants will brainstorm ways to help underrepresented students recognize their college potential and seek challenging opportunities. Participants are encouraged to share their stories and findings from K–12, higher education, and state locales.


  • Jing Feng, Senior Research Statistician, The College Board, NY
  • Sarah Leonard, Director, Research and Analysis, The College Board, IL
  • Ellen Sawtell, Executive Director, Analysis Services, The College Board, NY


Keywords: community college,enrollment patterns, Latino, college completion


The College Scorecard is an interactive tool that provides students, families, and counselors with clear information about U.S. college options in order to facilitate smarter enrollment decisions. The original Scorecard, launched in early 2013, provided college-specific data on costs, graduation rates, student borrowing, and student loan default rates. In September 2015, the U.S. Department of Education updated the Scorecard to include data on the earnings of federal financial aid recipients, measured 10 years after they entered college. In this session, panelists will discuss how the introduction of the Scorecard, particularly the new earnings data, has affected student behavior and shaped their college choices. Participants will learn about additional state-specific initiatives to incorporate earnings data into student decision-making, and consider how practitioners might utilize these data.


Moderator: Jeff Olson, Vice President, Data Science, College Board, DC

  • Venisa Beasley-Green, Counselor, Chicago Public Schools, IL
  • Matthew Chingos, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, DC
  • Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Admissions, Duke University, NC
  • Michael Hurwitz, Senior Director, Policy Research, The College Board, DC


Keywords: College Scorecard, loan default, financial aid


Admission work is a labor of love, but there is a better, more-thorough method than the current model to serve applicants, foster collaboration, and grow talent in the profession. In 2013-14, UPenn created and implemented a new model for reviewing applications called Committee-Based Evaluation (CBE) that leverages technology and human resources to save time and money while maintaining a commitment to holistic decision making. In 2015-16, Swarthmore adopted its version of CBE and processed more applications on time and with fewer staff, eliminated part-time readers, and minimized evening and weekend reading. CBE should be considered by admission deans who are concerned with timely holistic reads, budget constraints, and staff retention and morale. In this session, participants will learn how to work smarter, not harder, and to make better enrollment decisions in the process.


Moderator: Jim Bock, Vice President and Dean of Admissions, Swarthmore College, PA

  • JT Duck, Director of Admissions, Swarthmore College, PA
  • Yvonne Romero Da Silva, Vice Dean of Admissions; Director of Strategic Planning, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • Mollie Weinstein-Gould, Associate Dean of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania, PA


Keywords: committee based evaluation, application review, holistic decision-making


While multiple options have made the process of submitting applications easier than ever before, there are still many questions that remain for students and counselors regarding what institutions expect or hope to see on those applications. What does it mean when a university says it completes a “holistic” application review? Is a student’s academic profile the primary consideration for admission? How should students best allocate their extracurricular time? How many AP/IB courses should they take? How can students best convey “demonstrated interest” in their school of choice? Join admission leaders and high school counselors from public and private institutions for a candid conversation about critical issues related to the application process. Participants will be better prepared to advise students, parents, and fellow college counselors on the factors related to a wide range of relevant issues.


  • Nancy Herndon, Director of College Counseling, Hamitlon Southeastern High School, IN
  • Terry Knaus, Senior Associate Director of Admissions for Recruitment and Outreach, Indiana University, IN
  • Stefanie Niles, Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications, Dickinson College, PA
  • Kellie Stewart, Assistant Director of College Counseling, Gonzaga College High School, DC


Keywords: holistic application review, academic profile, extracurricular time


How can administrators and teacher-leaders translate patterns from instructional planning reports (IPRs) into concrete coaching questions and advice as part of a continuous improvement model? Join presenters from The School for Science and Engineering, a competitive academic magnet school in Dallas ISD that focuses on underrepresented groups, and learn how we successfully use IPRs to tailor instruction to meet specific skill gaps among our students. Presenters will take specific IPRs representing all four core disciplines and illustrate how to translate quantitative data into specific, actionable strategies. Feel free to bring your own IPRs to be placed on a document camera or pulled up on the computer so that the entire group can analyze the information and devise a strategy to address the problem.


Moderator: Amanda Ashmead, Humanities Chair, School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas ISD, TX

  • Joshua Newton, Math Chair, School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas ISD, TX


Keywords: instructional planning report, magnet schools, skill gaps


The Great Recession was accompanied by sharp tuition hikes at public institutions of higher education, largely due to declines in state investment. As a consequence, students are increasingly reliant on financial aid. This session will examine changes in public-sector student financing over the last decade, while also examining the policy environment and proposals resulting from those changes. The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act will be a particular focus, along with the different financing conditions facing students in both two-year and four-year institutions. Participants will develop a nuanced understanding of federal student-aid policies and consider ways to better support students in public institutions, particularly low-income community college students.


  • David Baime, Senior Vice President, American Association of Community Colleges, DC
  • Sandy Baum, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, DC
  • Tom Biedscheid, Director of Student Financial Services, Colorado State University, CO
  • Lawrence Nespoli, President, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, NJ


Keywords: economic recession, financial aid, public-sector, Higher Education Act


The role of the school counselor is no longer to simply focus on creating schedules and helping students with their postsecondary goals. Counselors need to be part of the conversation that leads to student growth. Counselors are the “keepers,” if you will, of the social-emotional development component for our students. In this context, the roundtable will discuss the best ways to engage at-risk students. Which strategies are effective with various demographics? Which are not? We will collectively share and catalog specific best practice techniques that we can all use in our professional practice.


Moderator: Monica Miller, Professional School Counselor, Bloom High School, IL

Keywords: school counselor, postsecondary goals, emotional development


Enrollment and retention are paramount to the fiscal health and viability of any institution. Institutional budgeting, planning, and analysis must be connected to the strategic enrollment plan. Therefore, a cross-functional team of campus stakeholders with a clear understanding of an institution’s infrastructure, fiscal capacity, and potential growth areas is critical for an institution to thrive. This session will discuss the importance of developing an integrated strategic enrollment management (SEM) planning process with university stakeholders. It will also provide guiding principles and best practices to ensure that consistent approaches are used to set realistic enrollment projections. Participants will learn how to engage, inform, and connect the entire university with the enrollment plan and help make enrollment management a campuswide responsibility.


  • Monica Leach, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, North Carolina Central University, NC
  • Akua Matherson, Director of Budgets and Financial Planning, North Carolina Central University, NC


Keywords: strategic enrollment planning, retention, guiding principles


The landscape of early college opportunities is rapidly expanding, providing high school students with increasing options to undertake challenging course work in high school. For long-standing programs like Advanced Placement (AP), research shows numerous positive outcomes for students at the college level. Less data is available for newer forms of early college credit, making course decisions challenging for students, counselors, and parents. This session will provide insights from higher education on the array of current options for early college course work, and will examine how multiple models are evaluated in the admission process and in consideration for credit and placement. We will present data regarding student success and discuss the variety of opportunities such course work provides for students from a diversity of backgrounds.


Moderator: Melanie Morgan, Director, Academic Relations, College Board, TX

  • Magdalena Hinojosa, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment, The University of Texas Rio Grand Valley, TX
  • Judith Marwick, Provost, Harper College, IL
  • Abby Whitbeck, Executive Director, AP Strategy and Analytics, The College Board, NY


Keywords: AP, dual enrollment, early college credit, student success


Join College Board President and CEO David Coleman for a town hall discussion about the College Board’s mission to clear a path for all students to own their future. David will be joined by Steve Bumbaugh, Senior Vice President of College and Career Access, and a remarkable high school student to share their perspectives on what is possible when students take advantage of transformative opportunities. There will also be an open Q&A where attendees are encouraged to participate.


  • David Coleman, President and CEO, The College Board, NY


Keywords: town hall, College Board


As leaders of schools and as managers of programs, counselors must develop a strategic plan to deliver services that have an important impact on students. This session presents effective research-based strategies and a step–by-step process detailing the ways to assess your school’s college readiness using data, such as scores from the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and AP. Participants will develop strategies for creating an action plan for change, teaming up with colleagues, and implementing a schoolwide program to increase college and career readiness.


  • Catalina Cifuentes, Leadership Associate, Leadership Institute of Riverside County, CA
  • Esther Hugo, Adjunct Professor, Loyola Marymount University School of Education, CA


Keywords: data, research, counselors

5:15–6:30 p.m. Regional Receptions


Please join us for the regional receptions to meet the leadership and members of your regional councils. Learn how to be more involved, reconnect with friends, and converse with other outstanding education leaders. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Keywords: Regional Receptions

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016
7 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Networking Center Open


Stop by to network with colleagues and learn about College Board programs and initiatives.


Keywords: Networking Center Open

7 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Registration Open


Before heading to sessions, pick up your name badge and conference materials at Registration.


Keywords: Registration Open

7:45 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Networking Breakfast


Networking Breakfast


Keywords: Networking Breakfast

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Forum Colloquia


With the launch of earlier FAFSA availability and use of prior-prior year income data, October 2016 signifies an important shift for everyone involved in the activities and decisions related to college application, admission, and the awarding of financial aid. By filing the FAFSA earlier, students and families will have a better sense of their aid eligibility as they search for, apply to, and ultimately enroll in college.
In response to the Obama administration announcement that students will be allowed to apply for the FAFSA in October rather than January, a broad coalition of organizations joined together to support their respective members in achieving a successful transition and delivery of hoped-for benefits to students. In this session, the leaders from those organizations will discuss their shared advocacy and support efforts, as well as the challenges and promises of an earlier FAFSA. Join us to hear their views on managing change in student and institutional behaviors, and their plans for future collaboration.


  • Kim Cook, Executive Director, National College Access Network, DC
  • Rachelle Feldman, Associate Provost, Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
  • David Hawkins, Exec Dir Educational Content and Policy, NACAC, VA


Keywords: FAFSA, prior-prior year


Reliable demographic data are essential as the nation, states and educational institutions respond to the challenges and opportunities brought about by major demographic and economic changes. For over 35 years, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been producing projections of high school graduates. The 2012 edition of "Knocking at the College Door" described the overall contraction in high school graduates and the steady decrease of White non-Hispanic students offset by swift increases Hispanics and other more diverse student populations, which postsecondary institutions have been experiencing in their enrollment demand for the last several years. WICHE is planning to release the next edition of high school graduates in December 2016, and in this session will unveil some preliminary figures about the new, more culturally and financially diverse generation of students. A seasoned institutional leader and an expert in postsecondary access for nontraditional students (invited) will join and discuss the high school graduate trends in relation to their work and how they use these and other data to inform their own work.


  • Peace Bransberger, Sr. Research Analyst, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, CO
  • Kent Rinehart, Dean of Admission, Marist College, NY


Keywords: demographics, WICHE, high school graduates, student populations


Depending on your vantage point, today’s college admission experience can appear to be simultaneously multi-faceted, one-dimensional, in constant flux, and immobile. Join an insightful panel discussion led by admission deans from diverse institutions about topics of importance to counseling professionals on both sides of the desk. This session will explore college admission trends, as well as policies and practices related to advisement, recruitment, and admission. Participants will brainstorm new strategies to support students and parents throughout the college admission process.


Moderator: Emmi Harward, Director of College Counseling, The Bishop's School, CA

  • John Barnhill, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Florida State University, FL
  • Carolyn Blair, Director of Counseling Services, Clayton High School, MO
  • Terrance Dixon, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Morehouse College, GA
  • Yvonne Romero Da Silva, Vice Dean and Director of Admissions, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • Jarrid Whitney, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, California Institute of Technology, CA


Keywords: college admissions, school counselors, advisement, recruitment


In this session, panelists will document important trends in AP access and participation over the last 25 years. The evidence provided will address long run trends in the availability of AP across the nation’s public schools, growth in student participation, changes in the gaps in AP availability and participation that exist by race/ethnicity, income, student achievement level, geography, urbanicity, and AP subject area (e.g., STEM). We will then learn about AP expansion and equity activities occurring in schools and across different states that aim to find students who are ready for but not taking advantage of rigorous high school course opportunities. The panelist will conclude with a discussion of the path forward to ensure continued progress in delivering advanced coursework to all students across the nation.


Moderator: Edward Biedermann, Executive Director, AP Outreach, College Board, NY

  • Sharmila Basu Mann, Director, K-12 Institute, Education Commission of the States, CO
  • Michael Hurwitz, Senior Director, Policy Research, The College Board, DC
  • Nat Malkus, Research Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, DC


Keywords: Advanced Placement, access, student achievement level

10:45 a.m.–Noon College Scholarship Assembly, Concurrent Sessions, and Roundtable Discussions


For the past 18 months, the College Board’s Next Generation Admission Models Project has conferred with enrollment managers, researchers, and College Board staff to gather experimental evidence regarding how a student’s environmental context influences admission decisions. The project aspires to develop and validate new tools and data sources that might inform a more holistic review process. During this session we will provide an overview of these data-centric tools and illustrate how environmental context can help identify students who have faced significant obstacles on the road to educational success. We will explore the relationship between “adversity” and “diversity” and present the results of our research. Participants will be able to evaluate the newly developed tools and techniques, and assess the benefit of a modified approach in their own admission model.


Moderator: Greg Perfetto, Executive Director, Product Research, The College Board, TN

  • Philip Ballinger, Chair, College Board Guidance and Admission Assembly Council, Associate Vice Provost, Enrollment, University of Washington, WA
  • Michael Bastedo, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan, MI
  • Stephen DesJardins, Professor, School of Education and Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, MI
  • Robert Mundy, Director of Admissions, University of Notre Dame, IN


Keywords: environmental context, admission decision, holistic review process, Next Generation Admission Models


The Chicago Scholars organization selects and mentors academically ambitious students from underresourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of transformative community leaders. This innovative program helps place Chicago’s first-generation, lower-income students on a trajectory for success. By counseling, mentoring, and providing a supportive community in each phase of our 7-year program (college access, college persistence, and transition to careers), we ensure that our Scholars successfully enroll in best-match and best-fit colleges in order to realize their full potential as students and leaders. This session will include a collaborative stakeholder overview of our annual on-site admission forum event, which brings together almost 150 colleges, over 25 community organizations, and almost 900 students. Participants will learn about college access and counseling program models for this population and gain best practices for forming collaborations and partnerships.


  • Eloise Bahrmasel, Founder , FOCOL LABS, IL
  • Whitney Capps, Manager of College Advising, University of Chicago, IL
  • Bruce King, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity, St. Olaf College, MN
  • Marybeth Kravets, Chief Education Officer and VP of College Partnerships, Chicago Scholars, IL


Keywords: college access, community organization partnerships


Join us to learn what the College Board's College Scholarship Service (CSS) Assembly Council has been working on this year and help shape its agenda for 2016/17. Meet with CSS delegates and other professionals from our member institutions to discuss issues in financial aid and work to support students and their families in the college search process. While only CSS delegates are able to vote on business, all Forum participants are invited to join this session.


Keywords: Financial Aid, Counseling, Admission


Just over 10 percent of public K–12 students are heritage language learners: students with informally and often partially acquired foreign languages learned at home. Currently, there are few streamlined pedagogical, professional, or administrative strategies targeted to this growing population. In this session, presenters from Northwestern and Loyola (two large, private universities in the greater Chicago area) will examine two of the largest populations of heritage language learners in U.S. schools — Spanish and Chinese students. Participants will consider the following questions, among others: How can K–12 and college classrooms bridge and advance heritage language learning? How can we identify and place heritage language learners? How can we differentiate instruction for mixed classrooms? When and how should we integrate heritage and second language learners? Let’s strategize to best support the linguistic richness of this unique group of students.


  • Clara Burgo, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Chyi Chung, Associate Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University, IL
  • Hong Jiang, Associate Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University, IL
  • Shannon Millikin, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University, IL


Keywords: heritage language learners, instruction, second-language learners, linguistic diversity


In 2011, Illinois became one of the first states to support undocumented students statewide through the Illinois DREAM Act. Panelists will walk the audience through the background and history of the legislation, its implications, the current work being done, and what lies ahead. We will detail the differences between the state law, the proposed federal-level law, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Participants will leave this session prepared to discuss these complex pieces of legislation with students, parents, and the larger community. Participants will learn about the work taking place in the Chicago Public Schools including student initiatives; the training of school counselors, teachers, and other administrators; the creation of a scholarship fund; and the development of Dream Clubs.


Moderator: Jacqueline Acosta, Educational Manager, Higher Ed, The College Board, IL

  • Tanya Cabrera, Associate Director for Equity and Inclusion of Undocumented Students at the Office of Diversity, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  • Nadia Flores, Graduate Student, Northeastern Illinois University ENLACE Program, IL
  • Maria Luna-Duarte, Director, Northeastern Illinois University, IL
  • Luis Narvaez, College Specialist, Chicago Public Schools, IL


Keywords: DREAM Act, DACA, Chicago public schools, student initiatives


Times are tough for many colleges. Nationally, college enrollment is no longer growing because the population of graduating seniors is declining in most states. News reports of colleges missing their enrollment targets or closing their doors are becoming more frequent, and never before have chief financial officers relied so much on net-tuition revenue. Despite this bleak scenario, there are schools that are prospering. In this session, a panel of seasoned professionals will share insider tips about the comprehensive marketing and communication plans, search strategies, operational efficiencies, and strategic development of nontraditional student markets that have, as Robert Frost wrote, “made all the difference.” We will help you lead and manage during competitive and challenging times.


Moderator: Paul Marthers, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Success, State University of New York - System Administration, NY

  • Robert Alexander, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, Millsaps College, MS
  • Madeleine Eagon Rhyneer, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, Susquehanna University, PA
  • Deanna Voss, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Nova Southeastern University, FL


Keywords: Admission, Leadership, Counseling and outreach, Financial aid and college affordability


Some states choose college-entrance examinations instead of end-of-year or end-of-course examinations in high school. Other states choose a blended approach where the state customizes its test by giving a portion of a national examination blended with teacher-created questions or items created by its own vendor. While there are major shifts and trends in how states view accountability, the impact on students and educators is tremendous. While there are complex political pressures related to the assessment world, there are advantages and drawbacks with any decision as the quality of education is being measured by the outcomes students achieve on any system. Join this roundtable discussion where school leaders discuss the impact of different assessment models and the impact on teaching and learning. Participants will also have the ability to join the discussion and add to the conversation based on their own assessment systems and impacts on teaching and learning.


Moderator: Greg Walker, Vice President, Midwestern Regional Office, The College Board, IL

  • Scott Helton, Superintendent, DuPage High School District 88, IL
  • Mark Thomas, Principal, Northview High School, MI


Keywords: assessment


In 2015, President Obama proposed “America’s College Promise,” building on a growing national movement to provide the first two years of college — usually at a community college — tuition free. Tennessee (TN) was the first to implement a statewide Promise program, modeled on the Knox Achieves program. As the number of free-tuition programs has grown, mostly on the local level, debate over the idea has increased as well. This session will provide an overview of the currently operating state and local Promise programs, and present emerging research on the program outcomes for TN students and the implications for TN postsecondary institutions. Participants will examine enrollment and completion data and consider interviews with staff at two-year and four-year institutions in TN. Participants will learn about the early consequences of Promise programs and identify aspects they may not have considered in regard to how their institutions might respond to free-tuition measures.


Moderator: Katherine Hughes, Executive Director, Community College and Higher Education Initiatives, The College Board, DC

  • Celeste Carruthers, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, TN
  • Teresa Clark, Assistant Professor , Murray State University, KY
  • Kenneth Ender, President, Harper College, IL
  • Ben Littlepage, Assistant Professor , Murray State University, KY


Keywords: free tuition, community colleges, Promise programs, enrollment and completion data


In 2013, NACAC published Alex Brooke Redding’s article “Extreme Pressure: The Negative Consequences of Achievement Culture for Affluent Students During the Elite College Admission Process.” Come learn about two independent schools that were sufficiently inspired by the topic to enhance their curriculum and advise students and parents to adopt a more balanced perspective when approaching the college admission process. A psychologist who runs a practice dedicated to working with teens struggling with perfectionistic tendencies will offer findings and recommendations. A college dean and professor will highlight how student stress manifests itself on a college campus and how his college has begun addressing the demand for mental health treatment. Session participants will gain strategies and tips they can immediately implement to address stress and anxiety within their counseling population.


Moderator: Gloria Ventura, Director of College Counseling, Flintridge Preparatory School, CA

  • Beth Pili, Associate Director of College Counseling, Horace Mann School, NY
  • Jeff Prater, Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Resource Consultants, CA


Keywords: mental health, guidance, perfectionism


Administrators and coaches spend a great deal of time observing classrooms; however, translating those observations into student growth can be challenging. This administrator-focused, interactive session will take the audience on a journey through the experiences College Board district coaches have observed in classrooms across the country. Participants will examine the data, along with research findings, in order to identify administrative actions that positively impact instruction and student achievement. Participants will develop clearly defined next steps for communicating expectations and developing structures for rigorous instruction.


  • Danny Millett, SpringBoard District Coach, The College Board, TX
  • Dean Packard, SpringBoard Coach , SpringBoard, College Board, NY


Keywords: SpringBoard, Evaluation, student achievement


Research has shown that AP participation has a strong correlation to overall student success in higher education — especially for students from underrepresented groups. AP students perform better in subsequent courses, earn higher GPAs, and have higher rates of on-time graduation. This session will examine the work that the Office of Institutional Research at Stetson University and the Office of Admission at Georgia Institute of Technology are undertaking to utilize data and research gathered in partnership with teams from the College Board. Session participants may already have tools at their disposal to help identify talented students from underrepresented groups early in high school. This session will examine how to best utilize those resources to create a more equitable admission process and a more diverse student body.


Moderator: Lorraine Beach, Director APHE Academic Relations, The College Board, TX

  • Joel Bauman, Vice President for Enrollment, Stetson University, FL
  • James Nondorf, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement, University of Chicago, IL
  • Ellen Sawtell, Executive Director, Analysis Services, The College Board, NY


Keywords: Advanced Placement, Equity, and Access

12:15–1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch


Networking Lunch


Keywords: Networking Lunch

1:15–2:15 p.m. Plenary


Nicole Hurd is the founder and CEO of College Advising Corps. Nicole has led College Advising Corps from a pilot project in Virginia to the largest college access program in the country, placing hundreds of advisers in high-need schools from coast to coast. Under her leadership, the corps received the 2012 National Service Impact Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the “positive and lasting impact they are making through national service.” Congressman Joaquin Castro has served in the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 20th congressional district since 2013. Castro serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Castro created the Trailblazers College Tour, which sends underprivileged students on college visits and gives them exposure to some of the nation’s best institutions of higher education. Born in San Antonio, Texas, Castro is a second-generation Mexican-American and a proud product of the public school system.


Moderator: David Coleman, President and CEO, The College Board, NY

  • Joaquin Castro, Congressman, United States Congress, DC
  • Nicole Hurd, Executive Director, National College Advising Corps, NC


Keywords: Plenary

2:15–2:45 p.m. Networking Center Break


Stop by to network with colleagues and learn about College Board programs and initiatives. Find out how the College Board is working for you.


Keywords: Networking Center Break

2:15–5 p.m. Networking Center Open


Stop by to network with colleagues and learn about College Board programs and initiatives.


Keywords: Networking Center Open

3–4:15 p.m. Guidance and Admission Assembly, Concurrent Sessions, and Roundtable Discussions


The success of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in preparing students, including English language learners, for college and career success has been documented for over 33 years. This interactive presentation will provide current research about the characteristics and academic needs of long-term English language learners and will outline key instructional routines that can be integrated into all classes at all levels to address those needs. Participants will also explore AVID Excel, AVID’s middle-level program for long-term ELLs, which is intended to accelerate academic language acquisition and develop the scholarly skills necessary for high school AVID and college preparatory courses.


  • Sacha Bennett, Project Manager, AVID Center, CA
  • Jennifer Nagle, Project Manager, AVID Center, CA


Keywords: English language learners, college readiness, AVID


In this session, participants will examine co-teaching via technology, also known as “stream” teaching. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a combined AP class co-taught by two AP teachers at different Orange County Schools in Orlando, Florida. We will share successes and challenges in lesson planning, interactive activities, and student collaboration via technology. We will address the technological resources and logistical needs of stream teaching and will discuss plans to expand the experience to other schools and courses. Participants will determine how to implement stream teaching in their own schools, how to identify and prepare teachers for this type of collaborative instruction, and how to use and adapt the methodology for different educational needs and experiences.


  • Maurice Draggon, Director for Curriculum, Instruction and Digital Learning, Orange County Public Schools, FL
  • Stewart Parker, AP Human Geography teacher, Winter Park High School, FL
  • Robin Simmons, Advanced Studies Coordinator, Orange County Public Schools, FL


Keywords: Advanced Placement, technology, collaboration


Educational opportunity is critical to America’s future success, and Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) has moved decisively over the past decade to expand its financial aid resources, enhance its admission outreach, and form partnerships with leading national school networks and access programs in order to enroll strong students drawn from the full American mosaic. This panel — moderated by F&M president and college opportunity advocate, Dan Porterfield — will feature leaders from several Chicago-based K–12 schools and networks that are actively collaborating with instititutions of higher education (including F&M) to promote college access and success for the low-income students they serve. Participants will leave this session with strategies they can implement at their own institutions to improve systems, build new partnerships, and provide college opportunity to more students who have earned it.


Moderator: Dan Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall College, PA

  • Melissa Connelly, Vice President of Program, OneGoal, IL
  • Jonathan Cowan, Chief Research, Design, and Innovation Officer, KIPP Foundation, IL
  • Kenneth Hutchinson, Director of College Initiatives, Cristo Rey Network, IL
  • Matt Niksch, Chief College Officer, Noble Network of Charter Schools , IL


Keywords: College Access, College Success, Low-income students, partnerships, K-12, higher education


Join us to learn what the College Board’s Guidance and Admission Assembly Council has been working on this year and help shape its agenda for 2016/17. Meet with Guidance and Admission delegates and other professionals from our member institutions to discuss issues in college planning, admission, and enrollment management. While only Guidance and Admission delegates are able to vote on business, all Forum participants are invited to join this session.


Keywords: Admission, Counseling


Since 2007, the Partnership for After School Education’s (PASE) work in college prep and success has helped prepare community based organizations (CBOs) to offer high-quality college prep programming, provides resources to aid in the development and sustainability of their programs, and connects CBOs throughout New York City with institutions of higher education around the country. For low-income, historically underrepresented and/or first generation youth, the knowledge of college often comes from the staff of CBOs, who can be a critical ally in a college’s efforts to identify and recruit these talented students. They often provide vital college prep services, relieving the workload of over-burdened public school guidance counselors, and serve as a liaison to parents, many of whom are unfamiliar with the college preparation and application process. This session will explore how Higher Ed and CBOs can work together to ensure that students have knowledge of good fit schools and successfully apply to and graduate from college. Participants will learn about successful Higher Ed/CBO partnerships and will learn how to identify high quality CBOs to partner with.


Moderator: Alison Overseth, Executive Director, Partnership for After School Education (PASE), NY

  • Yvonne Brathwaite, Associate Executive Director, Partnership for After School Education (PASE), NY
  • Lawrence Louis, Assistant Director, College Success Programs, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, NY
  • Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Associate Dean, Academic Enrichment and Community Initiatives, Barnard College, NY


Keywords: Community-based organizations, higher ed, effective partnerships, college persistence


Students from low- and moderate-income families face a variety of roadblocks on the path to completing a college degree — many of which are tangible, time-bound tasks that once missed, crucially hinder their progress. This session will present new evidence from the field that shows how “nudges” grounded in behavioral economics, social psychology, and organizational policies have been successfully deployed around these time-bound tasks to improve collegiate outcomes. Examples will include activities which prompt students to fill out the FAFSA and apply to a more balanced portfolio of colleges, and will demonstrate that even small nudges can change student behavior and lead to greater persistence and degree completion. Participants will examine examples of nudge-style interventions supported by empirical evidence and come away with practical ideas for implementing behavioral interventions at their own institutions.


Moderator: Steven Colon, Vice President, Access to Opportunity, The College Board, NY

  • Ethan Fletcher, Vice President, ideas42, NY
  • Michael Hurwitz, Senior Director, Policy Research, The College Board, DC
  • Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor of Research Methodology , University of Pittsburgh School of Education, PA


Keywords: FAFSA, application, persistence, completion


Increasingly, state and federal policymakers are focusing not only on the number of community college students who transfer, but also on whether those students ultimately earn bachelor’s degrees. Nationally, outcomes are grim: over 80 percent of community college students aspire to attain at least a bachelor’s degree, but fewer than 20 percent do so within six years of entry to community college. This session features cutting-edge research that analyzes and compares how each state is measuring up to transfer and degree-completion goals. The research also identifies successful practices among high-performing two- and four-year colleges. Participants will learn how their institutions can raise rates of degree attainment and begin to narrow troubling achievement gaps between higher- and lower-income students.


Moderator: Katherine Hughes, Executive Director, Community College and Higher Education Initiatives, The College Board, DC

  • John Fink, Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
  • Rhona Free, President, University of Saint Joseph, CT
  • Gena Glickman, President, Manchester Community College, CT


Keywords: transfer, community colleges, four-year institutions, completion


In 2014-15, 400,000 international undergraduate students enrolled at over 2,700 higher education institutions, according to the Institute for International Education and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. While the number of international undergraduate students is at an all-time high, the global student mobility landscape is increasingly complex and competitive. This session will distill three big ideas that international enrollment management leaders need to know to navigate this rapidly changing environment: market diversification, internal advocacy and structure, and “backyard” recruitment.
The presentation will also cover current international student mobility data and trends based on the recently published international student annual report (IIE, Nov 2016). Panelists from a diverse selection of public and private colleges will share insights not only on international enrollment trends but also on the role of financial aid and scholarships, and effectively working with other university departments to build support for ensuring international student success for a more diverse international student cohort.


Moderator: Scott Smith, Senior Educational Manager, Higher Education, The College Board, IL

  • Jonathan Burdick, Vice Provost for Enrollment Initiatives & Dean of College Admission, University of Rochester, NY
  • Zina L. Evans, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, University of Florida, FL
  • Kristina Wong Davis, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California San Diego, CA


Keywords: international, enrollment management, student engagement


The SAT Suite of Assessments aligns with best practices in classroom instruction, and provides informative, actionable feedback about student progress toward meeting college and career standards. The online score reporting portal offers scores and reports that can inform curriculum, instruction, student intervention, and strategic planning. In this session, school and district leaders from around the country will share best practices for analyzing those reports with students, staff, and parents. Panelists will share how they use the SAT Suite data to measure student readiness for college and career, to monitor student progress over time, and to identify areas of strength and areas of focus in their curriculum. Participants will learn how to use the scores and reports to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to meet and exceed college and career readiness benchmarks.


Moderator: Hoor Bhanpuri, Executive Director, Illinois Partnership, The College Board, IL

Keywords: SAT Suite of Assessments, K12 reporting


If you have questions about the new AP courses, this session is for you! AP leadership will discuss the key instructional shifts in the new AP course frameworks and answer your questions. We know that access to quality materials is critical to your teaching success, so the College Board has partnered with Learning List to ensure that AP materials are aligned to the content standards and skills in the revised course frameworks. Discover the reviews and tools that Learning List provides to help teachers choose and use AP materials more effectively. This session will deepen your understanding of the philosophy and structure behind the framework changes and help clear up any confusion.


  • Dana Kopelman, Director, AP Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, College Board, NY
  • John Williamson, Vice President, Advanced Placement Program, College Board, NY


Keywords: Advanced Placement® instructional materials


This interactive session will offer insight into developing a college pipeline for American Indian students to college campuses. Session participants will hear from individuals that
have worked to implement Native American-specific college recruitment and
college readiness programs. These subject matter experts will discuss how to
best partner with American Indian communities, high schools, two-year
institutions, Tribal Colleges (TCUs), public and private universities to enroll
and retain Native students. This session will allow participants to join in the
conversation, sharing best practices for high school counselors, two-year
institutions, and four-year institution administrators with a focus on
incorporating families to maintain a strong support system for American Indian
students as they progress to and through their university experience.


Moderator: Angela Maria Garcia, Executive Director, College & Career Access, The College Board, NY

  • Barbara Aston, Director of Native American Programs and Tribal Liaison, Washington State University, WA
  • Rachel Ensing, Masters of Science Degree Candidate, University of Miami, FL
  • Matthew Makomenaw, College Pathways Administrator, American Indian College Fund, CO
  • Patricia Whitefoot, Indian Education Director, Toppenish School District, WA


Keywords: college access, Native, underrepresented, first-generation


Today, families consider their admission decision and financial aid award as part of the same process. From an enrollment perspective, it is no longer effective to consider them as two separate functions. At the University of San Diego, the offices of admission and financial aid have formed an alliance that includes cross-training, a series of webcasts throughout the spring and summer, aligned social media efforts, a campuswide customer-relationship management system, and a division-wide SharePoint site. The offices jointly host on-campus events for admitted and prospective students and, with the One Stop Student Service Center, provide students with correct, consistent information and a genuine, personal experience. This session will explore the extent to which admission and financial aid are interwoven. Participants will learn how to implement and enhance a partnership between both offices, using USD’s program as a model.


Moderator: Stephen Pultz, Assistant Vice President, Admissions and Enrollment, University of San Diego, CA

  • Tiana Kelly, Senior Admission Counselor, University of San Diego, CA
  • Kellie Nehring, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, University of San Diego, CA


Keywords: Admissions, Financial Aid, Partnership, Cross-training

4:30–5:45 p.m. Academic Assembly, Concurrent Sessions, and Roundtable Discussions


Bridgeport High School (BHS) has partnered with Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) to increase rigor and raise expectations in a high-poverty, Hispanic population. The partnership awarded its first AAS degrees in spring 2016. BHS and WVC have been individually and jointly recognized and rewarded for their excellence and for their efforts to develop a college-going culture in high school. In this session, participants will analyze some of the partnership’s successful strategies to boost college enrollment, including an open-enrollment AP program, college-in-the-high-school courses, AVID, and an advisory period that focuses on academics along with career and educational goal setting.


  • Chio Flores, Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management, Wenatchee Valley College, WA
  • Tamra Jackson, Principal, Bridgeport High School, WA
  • Scott Sattler, Superintendent, Bridgeport School District, WA
  • Jen Varrelman, School Counselor and AP Teacher, Bridgeport High School, WA


Keywords: Advanced Placement, AVID, commulity college, rigor


Join us to learn what the College Board's Academic Assembly Council has been working on this year and help shape its agenda for 2016/17. Meet with Academic delegates and other teachers and faculty from our member institutions to discuss issues in instruction, assessment and preparing students for college and career success. Only Academic delegates are able to vote on business, but all Forum participants are invited to join this session.


Keywords: Instruction


Our panel represents a cross section of counselors and student affairs professionals who work with students from varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, including English-language learners, increasing student retention and leadership opportunities at the high school and collegiate level. The institutions represented include T.C. Williams High School (the school that inspired Remember The Titans), a large urban high school in Northern Va., in the D.C. metropolitan area with approximately 3,600 students, demographically 33.8 percent black, 37.7 percent Latino, 20 percent white, 5.3 percent Asian, 0.4 percent Pacific-Islander; andCalifornia State University, San Bernardino, a large, public state institution in Southern Calif., demographically 57.8 percent Latino, 15.6 percent white, 6.4 percent black.
Counselors at the secondary and postsecondary level have the unique opportunity to help students through their entire academic career, while taking into account the whole student and how environmental influences impact academic performance, while still navigating educational equity and inclusiveness issues.


  • Tracie Jackson, School Counselor, T.C. Williams High School, VA
  • Misty Levingston, Program Coordinator, California State University, San Bernardino, CA


Keywords: rigor, advocacy, counselors, student retention


Higher education is expected to be in the spotlight this year — with presidential candidates talking about college affordability and Congress turning its attention to reauthorizing the Higher Education Act of 1965. This panel will discuss Congressional priorities and the potential impact of a new administration, as well as some topics gaining traction including streamlined income-based loan repayment, further simplification of the FAFSA application process, and institutional risk-sharing in federal aid programs. Such changes could significantly impact admission, financial aid, and enrollment cycles, as well as family expectations and behaviors. Session participants will review the latest news from Washington, consider possible outcomes and repercussions of the 2016 elections, and analyze how changes to federal higher education policy might impact their day-to-day work in the next year.


  • Melanie Corrigan, Senior Director, Higher Education and Student Aid Policy, The College Board, DC
  • Karen Lanning, Senior Director, Federal Relations, The College Board, DC


Keywords: Higher Education, Policy, FAFSA,


The recent move to early FAFSA opens the door to further improvements, and the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act offers the perfect opportunity for implementing those ideas. Building upon the past work from the Gates Foundation, NASFAA, and the Urban Institute, NCAN and its team of FAFSA experts developed a new FAFSA, built a prototype, and tested it in the field with students and families. Join NCAN and NASFAA
representative Gail Holt, for a presentation of FAFSA Simplification proposals
and a robust discussion of how the field should move forward. In this session, we will introduce our prototype and share the field-testing results. Participants will discuss the design, ask questions, and offer feedback. Participants will learn about FAFSA-simplification advocacy efforts and how to get involved.


  • MorraLee Keller, Director of Technical Assistance, National College Access Network, DC
  • Gail Holt, Dean of Financial Aid, Amherst College, MA


Keywords: FAFSA, HEA, Advocacy, Low Income Students


If an institution is already strategically allocating financial aid funds but hasn’t met its enrollment or net-tuition revenue goals and cannot increase aid spending, it must evaluate other areas of potential growth. The willingness of prospective students and their families to pay for college education relies heavily on the college’s ability to articulate its affordability and return on investment. The case has to be made in a compelling and detailed fashion in person, in print, and electronically. That requires a collaborative effort between the offices of admission and financial aid with career services, alumni affairs, and academic departments. In this session, participants will review key areas in enrollment management and learn how to use their leadership skills to influence decisions that will positively impact the enrollment goals of their respective institutions.


  • Nancy Binger, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning, Judson University, IL
  • Jay Fedje, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Drury University, MO
  • Lorna Hunter, Vice President of Enrollment Management, The College of Idaho, ID
  • Roberto Santizo, Enrollment Management Consultant, Scannell & Kurz, A Division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, NY


Keywords: Enrollment Management, Strategic Financial Aid, Affordability, Return on Investment,


The University of Texas at Arlington is a large, public research institution with over 38,600 students. Bound for Success (BFS) is an early admission identification program for high school juniors and seniors in local school districts. BFS allows students to learn how they can potentially attain early acceptance to UT Arlington by meeting appropriate benchmarks during their senior year. The program provides workshops related to admission, financial aid, and next steps. A UTA admission counselor is present on the premises to help ease the transition from high school to the university. In this session, participants will discover the potential for enrollment growth through relationship-based admission counseling. Participants will learn how to adapt to the needs of a university’s local markets by building partnerships with local school districts.


  • Rebecca Esposito, Senior Admission Counselor, University of Texas at Arlington, TX
  • Dara Newton, Executive Director, University of Texas at Arlington


Keywords: Recruitment, college prep, admissions


Implicit in policy debates about college choice is the notion that if we could only get qualified low-income students to apply to an institution where they are well matched, completion and attainment rates would rise. However, this conclusion ignores complex supply-side issues that affect the opportunities available to students. A new, edited volume (which includes contributions from session panelists) addresses the role of colleges and universities, which often face physical capacity constraints, limited financial resources, strong preferences for crafting incoming classes, and incentives to engage in a variety of prestige-building behaviors. In this session, participants will share that research and focus on understudied questions on how admission and financial aid shapes the supply side of postsecondary opportunity. Participants will leave with recommendations to revise institutional, state, and federal funding mechanisms.


Moderator: Jon Boeckenstedt, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management for Policy and Planning, DePaul University , IL

  • Michael Bastedo, Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan, MI
  • Jessica Howell, Executive Director of Policy Research, College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, The College Board, DC
  • Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor of Research Methodology , University of Pittsburgh School of Education, PA


Keywords: College Match, Promise Programs


It is becoming increasingly challenging for both high school counselors and college admission professionals to police the “rules of engagement” when it comes to the application process. These rules used to be more definitive, but now many families perceive them as filled with gray areas. This panel will focus on how college and high school personnel can partner to maintain the integrity of the application process.
Are there conflicts within early decision and early action policies? What is the role of high school counselors in monitoring the actions of their students and families, and how can they fulfill this role when they often don’t see the final applications that students submit electronically? How much help is too much on things like application essays? Join us to discuss.


Moderator: Joshua Greenwald, Assistant Director of College Counseling, Detroit Country Day School, MI

  • Samantha Goldfarb, Admissions Officer, Columbia University, NY
  • Sally Lindsley, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Michigan, MI
  • Anne Sandoval, Director of College Counseling, Detroit Country Day School, MI
  • Tom Shorrock, Post High School Counseling, New Trier High School, IL


Keywords: integrity, best practices, application process, counselors, essays


So-called “nontraditional” students constitute a growing portion of enrollees at degree-granting institutions. To meet the nation’s goals for college completion, it will be critical to support these students as they struggle to pay for and complete their college degrees. For nearly 50 years, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) has helped learners of all ages and backgrounds earn college credit for knowledge gained through life experience, work experience, and independent study. This session will provide an overview of CLEP, show how it fits into the nontraditional student’s academic plan, and share examples of how CLEP can complement a college degree path. Participants will receive best practices and tools to implement a CLEP program that helps expand access and promote completion for all students.


  • Annalisa DeJesus, Associate Director, CLEP Program Management, The College Board, NY
  • Marc Singer, Vice Provost, Center for Assessment of Learning, Thomas Edison State University, NJ


Keywords: CLEP, non-traditional students


Research has shown that school counselors are a key source of information to students, and a documented influencer on their college planning decisions. As the student-to-counselor ratio has grown in recent years, several organizations have sought creative solutions to provide students with “live” college-planning support to supplement the support they receive from their school counselor. Over the past three years, the Access to Opportunity program has partnered with advising organizations like uAspire, College Advising Corps, and CollegePoint to connect eligible students with a virtual advisor, thus helping better prepare students for college-planning conversations with their school counselor. Through these projects, we have learned much about when students engage with a virtual advisor, on which topics they have the most questions, and the type of relationship they establish with their advisor.
This session will have a panel of representatives from three different virtual advising programs to discuss these topics and discuss the ways in which virtual advising programs can work with school counselors to compliment and enrich the support students are receiving in school.


Moderator: Cassandra Larson, Executive Director, Access to Opportunity Program Management at The College Board, The College Board, NY

  • Alexandra Chewning, Chief Program Officer, uAspire, MA
  • Cindy Gates, Director I Principal Evaluation, Okaloosa County School District, FL
  • Bryden Sweeney-Taylor, Chief Executive Office, College Access and Success, America Achieves, NY
  • Jennifer Tywater, Chief Program Officer , College Advising Corps, NC


Keywords: access, counseling, partnership, virtual advisor

6–7:15 p.m. College Fair


A professional college fair where counselors, teachers, and administrators have the opportunity to meet with admission and financial aid officers from College Board member colleges and universities. Attendees are able to visit, ask questions, and build partnerships with representatives from a wide range of institutions.


Keywords: College Fair

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016
7 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast


Networking Breakfast


Keywords: Networking Breakfast

7 a.m.–Noon Networking Center Open


Stop by to network with colleagues and learn about College Board programs and initiatives.


Keywords: Networking Center Open

7 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Registration Open


Registration Open


Keywords: Registration Open

8 a.m.–9:15 a.m. Annual Meeting of the Members


Please join the chair of the Board of Trustees, Douglas L. Christiansen, for the 2016 Annual meeting of the members. During this session, you will hear directly from the College Board’s elected leadership about the latest organizational updates, including reports from the Trustee Committees on Finance, Membership, and Nominations.
In addition, elections will be held for new College Board members as well as candidates for the Board of Trustees. Only the chief executive or designated voter from each member institution can cast an official vote at the Annual Meeting, but all Forum attendees are encouraged to attend.


Keywords: Annual Meeting of the Members

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions


Everything you wanted to know about students but were afraid to ask! Join a diverse group of high school and college students from the College Board's Advisory Panel on Student Opportunity as they share unique and critical perspectives about contemporary issues in education. Through this engaging discussion, K–12 and higher education professionals will gain valuable insights about secondary and postsecondary preparation, college and career readiness, and best practices in advisement from today’s students.


Moderator: Edward Biedermann, Executive Director, AP Outreach, College Board, NY

Keywords: students, AP, college planning


Leyden High School was named the College Board’s 2014 District of the Year for increasing AP enrollment while elevating test scores. This year alone, we encouraged more than 70 first-time AP students to try an AP class. Using characteristics like grit and determination, combined with teacher recommendations and encouragement, our students are investing in AP and giving themselves a chance at college credit. This session will focus on creating a sustainable, data-driven system that targets, recruits, and supports AP students in your school. We will focus on ways to build capacity with staff and provide a support system to ensure student success and equitable access. Participants will learn specific ways to ignite excitement about their AP program through events and outreach, and will leave with concrete strategies to maintain their program.


Moderator: Tatiana Bonuma, Principal , West Leyden High School, IL

  • Rich Drobny, AP Spanish Teacher, West Leyden High School, IL
  • Andrew Grieve, AP English Teacher, West Leyden High School, IL
  • Andrew Sharos, Assistant Principal, West Leyden High School, IL
  • Marijana Uremovic, Guidance Counselor , West Leyden High School, IL


Keywords: Advanced Placement, Access, Equity


Learn how to help more students attain college success with AP Insight! Expert educators have collaborated with the College Board to embed proven student-achievement strategies into AP Insight’s year-round classroom tools. Come hear how a strategic focus on challenge areas — the critical and foundational concepts and skills that are hard to teach and learn — can help teachers empower more students to build overall course mastery. Participants will use AP Insight’s performance tasks, assessments, and reporting tools to learn the techniques needed to practically implement the five most-effective formative assessment strategies that help teachers anticipate, target, and address each student’s problem areas in order to move the entire class forward. AP Insight is currently available for five courses including AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, and AP World History.


  • Mason Logerot, AP World History Teacher , Pflugerville High School, TX
  • Lila Schallert-Wygal, Exec. Dir, AP Digital Strategy, The College Board, NY


Keywords: AP Insight, professional development, formative assessment,


School counselors, teachers, administrators, and college admission officers can be strong voices for LGBTQ youth and can make a positive and profound difference on issues of access, equity, and success. As queer, transgender, and gender nonbinary students become increasingly visible in our schools and colleges, it’s vital to develop practices that help these students feel acknowledged, welcome, and safe while they transition from high school to college. This session will promote awareness and advocacy, and will offer recommendations as we move toward best practices in supporting LGBTQ students in both secondary and postsecondary settings. Participants will gain a better understanding of issues faced by LGBTQ students and will access tools, resources, and reference information concerning how to best support this potentially vulnerable population.


  • David Chehey, School Counselor, Boise High School, ID
  • Kati Sweaney, Assistant Dean of Admission, Reed College, OR


Keywords: Admission, advocacy, diversity issues


Khan Academy and Roadtrip Nation, two world-class programs for high school students, are now connected to the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT in a way even more useful for your students. Official SAT Practice with Khan Academy has raised the bar on SAT readiness while leveling the playing field for students. Roadtrip Nation’s career exploration portal creates additional opportunities for students who engage with the SAT Suite of Assessments. Together they help deliver opportunity to students well beyond Test Day. This session will offer inside peeks at both programs and make clear the role that counselors, teachers, and administrators play in supporting student use of these college readiness resources.


  • Megan Dester, Senior Program Manager, Roadtrip Nation, CA
  • Aaron Lemon-Strauss, SAT Practice, The College Board, DC
  • Jordan Myers, Product Manager, Roadtrip Nation, CA


Keywords: SAT, Khan Academy, PSAT, Practice


How much debt is too much debt? The simple answer is “more than an individual has the ability to repay.” But what does that mean in the context of public-service loan forgiveness and income-based repayment? Is there a cutoff for how much students and families should borrow? If we link borrowing to future earnings potential, how accurate are such earnings forecasts? What can we glean from recent reports that suggest bachelor’s degree recipients from low-income backgrounds earn less over their lifetime than their higher-income peers? Come gain a deeper understanding about student debt and develop an enhanced filter for provocative headlines and common misinformation. Session attendees will be better able to explain to students what constitutes the right financial fit, and will leave poised to promote organizational improvements to existing financial literacy initiatives.


Moderator: Patricia McWade, Dean of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University, DC

  • Kevin Fudge, Director of Consumer Advocacy and the Ombudsman, American Student Assistance, MA
  • Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning, MEFA, Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, MA


Keywords: student loans, advocacy, financial literacy, college access and success


These twin strands of change will shift the landscape of college admission and financial aid and will challenge even the best forecasters as they attempt to estimate the effects on student behaviors and expenditures. Capturing key data elements early in the 2017-18 application process will enable higher education practitioners to build an understanding of behavioral changes prompted by the early FAFSA and budgetary impacts related to the use of prior-prior year (PPY) income. In this session, panelists will share their approaches for benchmarking PPY-related metrics from recruitment through awarding and enrollment, to support analysis, informed decision-making and long-range planning. Participants will develop strategies for conducting PPY-related benchmarking on their campuses and will leave equipped to better plan for the effects of PPY for 2017-18 and beyond.


Moderator: Anne Sturtevant, Executive Director, Higher Education Initiatives, The College Board, VA

  • Erica Bever, Director of Research for Admissions and Financial Aid and Senior Admissions Officer, Harvard College, MA
  • Marc Harding, Chief Enrollment Officer, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Tom McDermott, Director of Student Financial Services, Johns Hopkins University, MD
  • Francisco Valines, Director of Financial Aid, Florida International University, FL


Keywords: Prior-Prior Year, financial aid


Being admitted to a selective college or university is harder for high-achieving, low-income students than for others, because the admission process at these institutions is built on a series of preferences and practices that favor wealthy students. While there is much talk today about “undermatching,” and while colleges and counselors increasingly encourage bright students from low-income backgrounds to apply to selective institutions, few are discussing the ways in which the admission process disadvantages the low-income applicant. In this session, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will present new research describing the barriers that face high-achieving, low-income applicants. Admission leaders will then describe how highly selective institutions are working to increase enrollment among nontraditional students.


Moderator: Nara Lee, Program Manager, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, VA

  • Calvin Wise, Director of Recruitment, Johns Hopkins University, MD
  • Catharine Zolkos, Dean of Admission, Amherst College, MA


Keywords: Low-income, diversity, outreach, undermatching


Students spend many hours playing online games, so why not integrate gaming with classroom instruction? At Glen Allen High School in Henrico County, Virginia, we constantly strive to reduce the educational equity gap by introducing new or innovative techniques to increase student engagement. By using gamification in the classroom, we are doing just that. In this session, we will give a brief demonstration of gamification in action and will share techniques for reaching disengaged students via a game-based classroom. Learn how to create and adapt gaming to core subjects, ensure buy-in among students and key stakeholders, and increase student performance in the classroom. We assure you: education and entertainment can coexist in the classroom, even on a tight budget.


  • Christopher Williams, Teacher, Glen Allen High School, VA
  • Sara Williams, Student, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN


Keywords: Engagement, Advanced Placement, Educational Equity


As the replacement for No Child Left Behind, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shifts major decisions about testing and accountability back to the states. The new law will end ESEA flexibility waivers as of Aug. 1, 2016, and change education policy starting in the 2016-17 school year. Recently, several states have chosen to use the SAT Suite of Assessments as their high school accountability assessment. In this session, state leaders from around the country will explain their motivations for choosing the SAT Suite, discuss the obstacles and benefits of working with their constituents to transition from prior assessment systems, and share best practices developed in conjunction with the College Board to successfully implement statewide assessment programs that include the SAT Suite.


Moderator: Matthew Lisk, Executive Director, The College Board, NY

  • Kate Cermak, Test Administration and Reporting Manager, Office of Standards and Assessment, Michigan Department of Education, MI
  • Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Chief Performance Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education, CT
  • Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director of Assessment, Colorado Department of Education, CO


Keywords: SAT Suite of Assessments, Accountability

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions


For the 3rd consecutive year, Illinois Community High School District 155 earned a place on the College Board’s AP Honor Roll for increasing AP enrollment while maintaining high passing rates. Learn how Crystal Lake South High School, one of the district’s schools, achieved this feat through collaboration, support, and data-driven decision making. In the past five years, despite declining school enrollment, we have nearly tripled our AP enrollment, and expanded our offerings to include AP Capstone and AP Computer Science Principles programs. Our administrators, counselors, teachers, parents, and students all worked together to build an AP culture. This session will include multiple perspectives and provide a detailed look at our approach — including best practices for using in-house data to predict AP success, achieving correct class placement, and building systems of support for teachers, parents, and students.


  • Todd Graba, STEM Division Leader, Crystal Lake South High School, IL
  • Josh Nobilio, Student Services Coordinator, Crystal Lake South High School, IL
  • Lori Ratliff, Humanities Division Leader, Crystal Lake South High School, IL
  • Scott Shepard, Principal, Crystal Lake South High School, IL


Keywords: Advanced Placement, Data, Collaboration


The adaptable nature of the AP English Language and Composition course, which is skill-centered rather than content-specific, makes it an ideal subject for cross-curriculum collaboration with content-specific courses in various disciplines. Pairing AP English Language with social studies, math, or science courses allows students to practice the three core skills of analysis, argument, and synthesis in an authentic context that helps deepen their understanding of any given subject matter. In this session, participants will acquire lesson, unit, and/or semester-long plans for cross-curricular collaborative teaching in the subject areas of social studies, world history, math, statistics, and science. Participants will develop enhanced strategies for applying ELA skills to integrated formal writing assignments (i.e., labs, arguments, etc.) and share ideas for implementing collaborative approaches at their own high schools.


  • James Jordan, English Department Chair, AP English Language and Composition Teacher, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, CA
  • Daniel O'Rourke, AP English Language and Composition Teacher, Riverside Brookfield High School, IL


Keywords: Advanced Placement Collaboration


Broward County Public Schools successfully boosted college and career readiness among local students, which led to an increase in college and FAFSA applications. In order to do so, the district introduced PSAT/NMSQT training for school leadership, literacy coaches, and math department chairs, and established an SAT School Day for Juniors. In this session, panelists will share best practices and outline the communication plan and steps taken to win approval for those initiatives. Participants will learn how to implement strategic plans that are aligned with score results from the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT. Participants will utilize an alignment document in order to analyze their own districts and schools and brainstorm ways to create the greatest impact after test administration.


  • Enid Valdez, Director of Career, Technical Community Education, Broward County Public Schools, FL


Keywords: Curriculum Alignment, College Access


The Common Application has long been a fixture in a student’s move toward college. Now, with a user base of over one million students and recommenders, the association is building on its four-decade legacy by collaborating with educators, researchers, foundations, and like-minded organizations to expand educational opportunities for all students.
Led by new Executive Director Jenny Rickard, the panel will present specific examples of access initiatives and the broadening resources available for students and counselors, highlight enhancements to the application system, and discuss current themes in the college admission process.


  • Jenny Rickard, Executive Director, The Common Application , VA
  • Gail Sweezey, Director of Admissions, Gettysburg College, PA


Keywords: college applications, admission resources, an organization supported by the Gates Foundation, is an innovative program that is helping low-income and first-generation students gain access to financial aid earlier in high school so that they can stay on track and pursue their college ambitions. Over 200 colleges are using to award high school students micro-scholarships based on their individual achievements. This session will explain how uses behavioral economics to keep nontraditional students engaged and motivated throughout high school, and how it prepares them for college success. Come learn how to build relationships with students earlier in order to increase yields and shape development, how to award students for achievements that make them a good fit for your institution (other than test scores and GPA), and how to help them see past “list price” by addressing financial aid earlier.


Moderator: George Kirkland, Co-Founder,, CA

  • Lou Gilman, College Advisor, Coral Reef High School, FL
  • Jody Glassman, Director, Undergraduate Admissions, Florida International University, FL
  • Marilyn Hesser, Senior Associate Director of Admission , University of Richmond, VA
  • Paul Kohn, Vice Provost of Enrollment Services, Georgia Institute of Technology, GA


Keywords: financial aid, student success, access, recruitment


The new SAT contains more information than ever about college-bound students. This session will focus on additional information contained in the new SAT, and will explain how to use it to improve your student outreach this fall. You probably have questions: What are test-level scores? How can they inform your student search program? These questions and more will be addressed in this session. Members of the Admissions and Enrollment Services Advisory Group will share how the changes have been integrated into College Board search programs to assist enrollment professionals in recruiting and retaining a new cohort of college-bound students.


Moderator: Joseph Bellavance, Senior Program Manager, Enrollment, The College Board, MA

  • Jason Black, Dean of Admission, Samford University, AL
  • John Laverty, Sr Assoc Dir Search & Prospect Development, University of Iowa, IA
  • Costas Solomou, Dean of Admissions, George Washington University, NC


Keywords: Student Search, Admissions


Come join members of SpringBoard as they unveil their new English Language Development program. Designed to address what ELD students need to succeed in their standards-based classrooms, the research-based model of instruction deeply supports teachers and students. In this interactive session, participants will first examine instructional materials for a core classroom and then experience and analyze pedagogical changes that will support students in making meaning from grade-level texts through engagement in collaborative, interpretive, and productive modes. Participants will leave with a model of instruction and instructional scaffolds that can be applied to their own classroom. Participants will discuss adapting instruction to meet the needs of a diverse set of learners. This session will provide valuable insights and takeaways for core and ELD teachers, administrators, and instructional leaders.


  • Sarah Balistreri, Director, ELA Content Development, The College Board, NY
  • Eden Orlando, SpringBoard District Coach, The College Board


Keywords: SpringBoard, ELD, Standards


Which is the more ethical policy: a) to provide prospective students with earlier but estimated awards so they will have more time to consider their college options, or b) to hold award notifications until costs of attendance and award amounts are firm, so that families have more accurate information about their eligibility? Is there one right answer? Come hear the opinions of members who have discussed these and similar prickly policy questions. This session will explore the hoped-for outcomes of the early FAFSA and prior-prior year data in the context of admission and financial aid policy decisions. Participants will consider dual possibilities: that these changes could deliver on their original goals or could produce unintended consequences. Participants will gain tools for promoting discussions on their campuses about ethical policies and practices.


Moderator: Jon McGee, Vice President, Planning and Public Affairs, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, MN

  • Jonathan Burdick, Vice Provost for Enrollment Initiatives & Dean of College Admission, University of Rochester, NY
  • Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Gail Holt, Dean of Financial Aid, Amherst College, MA


Keywords: Prior-prior year, ethics, standards


Students spend countless hours thinking about where they will apply to college, but they often don’t consider an equally important factor — when they will apply. Hear how fundamental principles of game theory and decision analysis (particularly the economic principle of opportunity cost) can help us advise and empower students to make more-thoughtful decisions about when and where to apply to college. Counselors need to help families evaluate and understand probability, risk, and the uncertainty associated with developing an application strategy (especially in light of early-decision pressures and incentives). This session will equip counselors with a new way to discuss risk tolerance, and will elaborate on how such conversations can impact decisions about the best course of action for maximizing positive financial aid and admission outcomes.


  • Kyle Graham, Assistant Head of School, Enrollment Management and Student Outcomes, Poly Prep Country Day School, NY
  • Jim McGuire, Director of College Counseling, Louisville Collegiate, KY
  • Nat Smitobol, Master College Admissions Counselor, IvyWise, LLC, NY


Keywords: strategy, admissions, economics, game-theory

12:15–1 p.m. Networking Lunch


Networking Lunch


Keywords: Networking Lunch

1–2 p.m. Closing Plenary


Thomas Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989); The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999); Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11(2002); The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (2005);Hot, Flat, and Crowded (2008); and That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back (2011).

Friedman’s latest book, Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on November 22, 2016.

Born in Minneapolis, Friedman received a B.A. degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University in 1975. In 1978 he received a master’s in modern Middle East studies from Oxford.


  • Thomas Friedman, Author, Reporter, and Columnist , The New York Times, DC


Keywords: Closing Plenary