Anderson University recently hosted the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling. New counselors to college admissions at various schools across the state of Indiana met to learn more about the admissions process and various perspective regarding recruiting students for their prospective colleges and universities. Katie Blackburn, admissions counselor for Anderson University, indicated that the conference helped train and prepare new counselors on everything from recruiting to financial aid to college fairs.
“I think this conference is more for the guidance counselors, what they like to see from admissions counselors when they come into the school and what helps them in counseling their students as far as test scores,” said Blackburn.
According to Earl Macam, chair for the Professional Development Committee for IACAC, many of the new counselors from the 11 schools represented at the conference may have only been in their position from one day to three or four months. He states that the main focus is to get them to network and know each other.
“They will be inundated with a lot of admission and college preparation including diversity training and college fair information,” said Macam.
Two admissions counselors, Matt Schwartz, Vincennes University, and Justin Smalley, Hanover College, co-presented on the topic of what it means to be an admissions counselor and what their purpose should be in their profession.
“I just want to give back for the experiences I’ve learned last year at the conference and try to instill some of those things to the new counselors,” said Schwartz.
Smalley and Schwartz have worked on several projects together and enjoy doing the conferences.
Blackburn hopes to give the new recruits a good representation of AU. “It’s awesome that we have this opportunity to showcase our campus to so many different representatives from around the state of Indiana,” she said. “They will see the campus and get a feel for who we are as a university.”
The Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) is a professional organization dedicated to encouraging, advocating and facilitating equal access to post-secondary education. The Association supports and advances the work of counseling and enrollment professionals as they help students in the transition to post-secondary education. IACAC is committed to promoting high professional standards that foster ethical and social responsibility.