DAY 1 Monday, October 22, 2018
7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
2:30–3:45 p.m.An Untold, but true, Story: First Gen Counseling Professionals
First generation college counselors have stories to tell that inform how they counsel students and interact with elite educational institutions.Beyond Admissions: Applying Federal Nondiscrimination Laws to Financial Aid
This session offers best practices to ensure your school's financial aid policies align with current legal practice as it relates to race and ethnicity.Bridges to AP: A Program to Increase AP Participation and Success
Shaker Heights High School’s Bridges program, for history, math, and English, results in substantial increases in minority student participation in AP.Building A Viable College to Career Pipeline through HE & Industry Partners
An exploration of the 60x30 TX initiative formed by the USHCCF and UT Arlington, which will develop a college-to-career pipeline.Central Ohio Urban Districts Initiative: Eliminating the Achievement Gap
Otterbein University has increased enrollment of students of color and eliminated the achievement gap in retention rates. Learn how you can too.First-Generation College Students: Bridging the Gaps to Access and Success
A discussion of challenges faced by first-generation college students during the application process and once they're enrolled.Have Private K–12 Schools Hijacked College Savings?
In 20 years, colleges have failed to promote 529 savings plans. In just two months, private K–12 embraced them! What’s the future of 529 college savings?Holistic Admission: One Size Does Not Fit All
As the number of qualified applicants continue to rise, it is often difficult to make admission decisions. In this session experts will explore this difficult issue.Keyboard Surfing: Keys to Deepening Conceptual Knowledge Across Curriculum
This session will focus on strategies to meet students’ needs with implementation of backward design and multiple forms of assessments.Measuring the Impact of Student Recruitment on Access and Equity
Discover and quantify the powerful impact of student recruitment by colleges on student score sending and enrollment patterns.More Than Filing in Circles—Test Scores’ Role Beyond College Selection
Professionals share their input on how high-stakes tests can engage students, guide decisions on college and major, admission selection, and support services.Personalizing Learning in AP Classes
We will provide teachers and administrators with specific strategies and ideas for implementing personalized learning in AP courses.Student Retention Strategies: Tailored Approaches to Improving Retention
Join representatives from a diverse group of schools as we unpack our retention strategies and outcomes.What We Learned One Year Into Awarding Completion Grants
Financial aid leaders will share how they implemented completion grants on four campuses, what they learned, and results from preliminary research.
4–5:15 p.m.A Multidisciplinary Look at the use of Portfolios & Multimedia in Admission
Business, fine arts, and the liberal arts - this session presents various ways institutions have implemented less traditional application components.Apricots to Amazon: Leveraging partnerships for a college-going culture
A panel of administrators, teachers, and counselors will share insights on building partnerships to support first-generation students.Beyond Enrollment Management
This session will explore how enrollment managers and financial aid practitioners can share what they know about their students in meaningful ways.Clearing a Path to College and Career Readiness: Pre-AP for All Students
Learn what it means to be an official College Board Pre-AP school from the leaders and designers of the program.Colleges’ Experiences Using MyinTuition to Simplify College Cost Estimates
Financial aid directors that have adopted MyinTuition at schools with widely varying financial aid practices will describe their experiences.Comparing Admissions Approaches Across International Higher Ed Contexts
The world of higher ed opportunities is expanding. This session will help counselors to guide students to right-fit global universities across borders.Go AP! Strategies for Building AP Culture
Learn how a small high school grew an AP program from zero AP classes to more than 25% of the student body enrolled in seven AP courses over five years.High School Academic Achievement and College Pathways for Native Americans
This session discusses American Indian and Alaska Native student identities and how they relate to high school performance and college pathways.Leverage Technology for Institutional Efficiency
Learn how admission offices are using customer relationship management systems (CRMs) to monitor and motivate staff to complete their assigned tasks efficiently.MyCoalition: Pathway to Smart College Choices
Learn about MyCoalition, a set of free online college planning tools that helps students learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.Opening Up Access in the AP Classroom
This session will provide teaching strategies that support students in open access AP classrooms.Supporting Undocumented Students and Families from K-12 to Higher Education
This session will focus on ways in which educators can aid students who come to them with questions about their immigration status.Using the SAT Suite of Assessments to Change Outcomes
This session offers best practices from educators who implemented multiple assessments in the SAT Suite to expand college readiness, followed by a Q&A session.When Disaster Strikes: How Colleges Prepare and Respond
This session explores the many ways colleges and universities have responded to various natural disasters to support students and staff.
DAY 2 Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
10:45 a.m.–NoonCommunicating Cost: A Comparative Analysis of Award Letters
This session will explore how different financial aid notification formats, terms, and other factors help or hinder student understanding and decision making.Enrollment Projections Extreme: When Historical Data Do Not Apply
With Common Application implementation and other changes, our usual models were practically useless. Here’s how Indiana University landed its class in a year of data chaos.Federal Government Bans Sharing of FAFSA Data with Scholarship Providers
This session explores the implications of the U.S. Department of Education’s ban on colleges sharing student FAFSA data, including derived-data, with scholarship providers.First-Generation College Student Success: Thriving To and Through
Learn how colleges can better support first-generation students through academic and career help, mentorship programs, and financial resources.How Are Students from Low- and Middle-Income Families Paying for College?
This session will highlight findings from the 2015-16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey on how students from low- and middle-income families are paying for college.Increasing International Diversity at World-Class Universities
This interactive session will highlight efforts to expand college access for talented international students from low-income and refugee backgrounds.Managing Difficult Conversations About Admission and Financial Aid
This session will address deciding where to apply, denied admission, waitlisted students, lack of merit eligibility, and financial aid eligibility.Rethinking Financial Aid: Innovation, Strategies, and Outcomes
This interactive financial aid session will provide a toolkit and innovative practices for student and family engagement, staff professional development, and partnerships.Sharing Innovative Ideas for Campus Research to Improve Student Outcomes
Learn about exciting campus research studies that can be replicated at your institution to inform decisions and improve student outcomes.Shining a Light on Our Colorful Campuses
This session will examine the needs of students of color navigating the college admission, selection, and matriculation process.Systems to Support a Strong AP District Leadership Team
Learn how a medium-sized district has implemented and cultivated a district leadership team to support continuous improvement.Teaching AP Content Through a Virtual Escape Room
We will explore how a virtual escape room works, with embedded opportunities for small group instruction, student-centered learning, and self-pacing.The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility
In this session, practitioners will present research that shows how American colleges do a remarkable job of increasing economic mobility.
1:15–2:30 p.m.Accelerating Academic Success for Long-Term English Language Learners
This interactive presentation will explore how AVID is supporting college and career readiness for long-term English-language learners.Advanced Learning Opportunities for All Students: A State Agency Perspective
The Texas Education Agency will explain programs to promote college and career readiness through advanced academics and work experiences.College Admittance as a Graduation Requirement
In 2012 Corbett School District made it college admittance a graduation requirement. Now 100% of all graduates have been admitted to college.Creating a More Collaborative Classroom
Participants will explore what student collaboration looks like in the classroom, what makes for purposeful collaboration, and how to use collaboration to formatively assess.Does Your Admission or Counseling Office Really Promote Racial Equity?
This presentation examines racism in admission and college counseling and explores new approaches that upend many “best practices” in the field.Inclusion and Free Expression on Today's College Campuses
This Access and Diversity Collaborative session will address the complexity around diversity, inclusion, and free speech on college campuses.Incorporating Context Data to Improve Scholarship Decision Making
Institutions and scholarship providers will share insights on piloting the environmental context dashboard for scholarship decision making.Life Just Happened—How Can the Financial Aid Office Help?
This session will help school counselors better understand the financial aid appeals process so they can help students through the process.Presenting Financial Aid Award Offers: Thoughts from High School Counselors
Geared toward financial aid professionals, this session will review top questions counselors have about communicating college finances to students and parents.Raising the Standards for All at Oak Park High School
Oak Park staff members will talk about their mission to make sure all their students are ready for college.Rebooting BigFuture to Better Serve Our Students
Hear from the counselors and higher ed professionals guiding the redesign of BigFuture.Social-Emotional Wellness and College and Career Readiness
Let’s consider our roles in creating a supportive college and career readiness culture through a strong foundation in social and emotional learning.Transfer Admission: Updated Principles from NACAC’s Code of Ethics
Learn about NACAC’s updated Principles of Good Practice for transfers and how it will impact pre-transfer planning services at two- and four-year institutions.XQ Super Schools and the SAT Suite
Learn more about how four XQ Super Schools are taking steps to better prepare students for college, career, and life using the SAT Suite.
3–4:15 p.m.Analyzing SAT Essay Data at the Building Level
A session for teachers and instructional leaders, focused on compiling and understanding a schoolwide distribution of essay results to pinpoint key areas of growth.AP Capstone and Admission: Identify and Attract AP Capstone Candidates
Admission leaders: learn about the AP Capstone program and best practices to identify and attract AP Capstone Diploma candidates to your institution.Boost Motivation and SAT Scores with Khan Academy
The session provides an overview of Hinsdale South High School’s implementation of Khan Academy across curricula in order to provide SAT support for the school’s changing population.Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: A College’s Journey
Through targeted programming, Lone Star College and Lee College aim to significantly decrease achievement gaps among underrepresented groups.Effective Partnerships for Supporting College Readiness and AP Success
Supporting challenging curriculum for all, Irving ISD shares how Advanced Academics partners with curriculum teams for student success.In the Middle: College Access for Mid-Range Students
Learn proven strategies for helping mid-range students become competitive college applicants and offer opportunities for college access and success.Knowledge Domains for Enrollment Managers and Professionals
This session will present the results of two studies of enrollment managers, which recommend certain knowledge domains for early career enrollment professionals.Managing Change in Enrollment
This panel will present case studies in change management at varied institutions.Mission-Aligned Practices: Enrollment Case Studies
In this session, we will hear about emerging practices and policies that aim to enhance affordability, retention, and completion.Race to Submit: Supporting All Students to Complete the FAFSA
Professionals in Riverside County, Calif., will share their FAFSA initiative that led to an increase of 6,000 students submitting and is now a statewide campaign.SAT Ambassadors
SAT Student Ambassadors promote SAT preparation and encourage other students to practice and use Khan Academy to build skills and confidence.SAT School Day: Expanding Access and Opportunity For Low-Income Students
This session examines SAT participation by low-income students and how the College Board is connecting these students with opportunity, followed by Q&A.The Early Show: Navigating Early Action and Early Decision
Navigating and understanding the complex system of early action and early decision programs will be discussed in this session.The Environmental Context Dashboard: New Results from the Pilot
Admission leaders and researchers will provide updates on the environmental context dashboard pilot, including results and plans for future use.Transforming High School Freshmen into Successful AP and Pre-AP Students
Explore how to use horizontal alignment in first-year classes to build foundational skills that will ensure student success in AP and Pre-AP classes.
DAY 3 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
8–9:15 a.m.#RealTalk with Students
Join students from the College Board's Youth Advisory Council as they share perspectives about issues in education.Academic Factors in Admission Review: New Insights and Best Practices
Researchers and admissions leaders will discuss new research and tools developed to improve admission practices, including the use of AP in admission.Alcanzar sus Sueños: Elevating the Postsecondary Success of DREAMers
At this session, participants will become empowered to deliver the highest-quality access and opportunity to every DREAMer in their school or district.Assisting Veterans in Pursuit of Higher Education
Veteran identification, recruitment, and admission strategies for success in undergraduate programs.Balancing the Imbalance in College Preparedness
Three schools in Fort Worth ISD compare traditional and nontraditional data to develop a holistic college readiness profile across demographics.Beneath the Mask: Helping Boys Find Voice in College Admission
This session explores a “boy crisis”—struggles with identity and ambivalent conceptions of masculinity—as boys fall further behind in admission.Changing the Face of Articulation: a More Seamless Transition for Students
This presentation will focus on the components of the Illinois Articulation Initiative, a statewide transfer agreement that is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges and universities.College Admissions and Financial Aid: A Panel Discussion
Join higher education leaders to engage in critical discussion about admissions and financial aid trends and challenges.Dallas County Promise: HS Transformation and Free College Pathways
The sessions will examine the Dallas County Promise, a transformational effort of high schools, colleges, and workforce partners leveraging free college pathways.Financial Aid Professionals: Ensure Your Voice Is Heard on Campus
Learn how financial aid professionals can position themselves on campus to ensure their voice is heard.New Financial Aid Directors Speak Out
New financial aid directors reflect on the joys and challenges of their new positions.Reimagining the Role of the AP Coordinator
Learn how Orange County Public Schools AP coordinators accepted the challenge to become pedagogical leaders in their schools.The Impact of AP Coursework on College Matriculation and Selectivity
The results of Hanover Research’s study of Orange County students are presented, focusing on how performance in AP courses is associated with postsecondary enrollment and institutional selectivity.
9:30–10:45 a.m.Advocating for Teacher Leadership in Your AP Program
New York City Department of Education district and school leaders share a model for creating advocacy and action around the need for teacher leaders in AP programs.Bridging the Divide Between Faculty and Financial Aid Staff: Collaborating for Student Success
Faculty and financial aid staff will discuss collaboration to foster success in low-income students.Early College High Schools and Rural Students’ College Readiness
How does Early College enrollment affect readiness and expectations among rural students, and how are colleges responding?Flipping Financial Aid: Recruitment and Transition for Low-Income Students
Learn how the HAIL Scholarship project at the University of Michigan used state free lunch data to identify, recruit, and enroll low-income students.Improving Student Success Through Incentive-Based Scholarships
The University Leadership Network program combines an incentive-based scholarship with student leadership development to encourage four-year graduation.Increasing College Completion: Solutions from University of Memphis and Complete Florida
Students and institutions benefit from low-cost opportunities for students to earn college credit that accelerate their degree completion.Powerful Uses of Instructional Coaches for AP Courses
Join San Antonio ISD in a roundtable discussion on how a team of instructional specialists are leading the way for success in AP classrooms.
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.