Admission Practices

Description:

The Admission Practices Committee is responsible for educating membership about the various components of NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (updated September 2019).

 "Postsecondary education has the power to transform an individual’s life by providing a path to personal fulfillment, a meaningful career, and the realization of dreams. Its power can lead our society to a future that includes engaged citizens and a more prosperous 21st century. College admission and counseling professionals help students make thoughtful choices about their futures. Our work is guided by principles of honesty, integrity, transparency, equity, fairness, and respect for students and fellow professionals. These values guide us in our service to students and families, our institutions, society, and each other. Promoting ethical admission practices has been the cornerstone of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) since our founding in 1937. NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices protects the interests of both students and institutions by upholding a college admission process free from coercion and discrimination. NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices serves as the basis of our profession and an affirmation of what we stand for. Our profession strives to ensure that the students we serve and all of our colleagues are valued and supported. We thrive by embracing and engaging our unique identities, experiences, and perspectives, and we are committed to increasing the enrollment and success of historically underrepresented populations. We are dedicated to promoting college access and addressing systemic inequities to ensure that college campuses reflect our society’s many cultures, stimulate the exchange of ideas, value differences, and prepare our students to become global citizens and leaders. NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices is the conscience of our profession. It guides our actions in the face of current and emerging pressures. It empowers us to build trust and find common ground while we work to ensure that every student’s dignity, worth, and potential are realized in the transition to postsecondary education." Preamble, CEPP, September 2019

At its 2019 National Conference in Louisville, the NACAC Assembly voted to remove three provisions from the association’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP) that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) believes inhibit, to some extent, competition among colleges for students. The three provisions address offering exclusive incentives for Early Decision, recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed elsewhere, and recruiting transfer students.

NACAC is currently under a moratorium of enforcing the CEPP, based on the DOJ inquiry. As this is still an active legal matter, and to honor the spirit of NACAC’s cooperation during the moratorium, NACAC’s legal counsel has recommended that the national Admission Practices Committee (and all affiliate Admission Practices Committees) not follow up on complaints for alleged violations of the CEPP.

Committee members are available for presentations and information sessions in regards to the rights of students, counselors, and admission professionals and to promote better understanding of admission practices and CEPP.  Questions concerning the professional ethics and standards of conduct for admissions and secondary school members should be shared with the co-chairs of the AP Committee.

Contact:

Co-Chairs: Jonah O'Hara, St Stephen's Episcopal School & Tom Becker, University of Pittsburgh