Future Focus Flash #1: September 5 – 11, 2011

This message is from Lan To:

Welcome back to another school year!

Here is the inaugural issue of the 2011-2012 Future Focus Flash, a weekly email that compiles postsecondary planning information related to overaged, undercredited youth.

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In this Issue:   

Future Focus Calendar  •  CUNY Counselor Corner  •  SUNY Counselor Connect  •  CACNY •  Black Male Initiative  •  OPTIONS Institute  •  Graduate NYC Community Best Practices Forums •  ACT Counselor Workshops

 Future Focus Calendar

The Future Focus Calendar is now online!  Simply go to Future Focus Calendar to view and print a monthly or list version of events.  You can also download information to your Outlook by going to Future Focus Calendar for Outlook, and then personalize reminders to help keep you and your students on track with deadlines.  Events currently posted in the calendar include:

  • CUNY Priority Deadlines (Sep 15 & Feb 1) & SUNY Preferred Deadline (Dec 1)
  • CUNY Fall Counselor Conferences (various starting in October)
  • College Access Consortium Monthly Meetings (2nd or 3rd Thursdays of every month)
  • ACT & SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines (various)
  • Big Apple College Fair (www.bigapplecollegefairs.com):  October 22 (Javits Center)
  • Black College Expo (www.blackcollegeexpo.com):  October 22 (York College, see website for ticket info)
  • NY Urban League HBCU College Fair (www.nyul.org/HBCU):  November 12 (Riverbank State Park)
  • FAFSA 2012-2013 Application Cycle Begin (Jan 1, 2012)

CUNY Counselor Corner:   www.cuny.edu/counselor

Priority Deadline for Spring 2012 Admission is next week:  Thursday, September 15

Priority Deadline for Fall 2012 admission:  February 1

Register to receive information updates from the Office of Admissions at CUNY through the Counselor Corner.  Download the most up-to-date information including CUNY’s Admissions Profiles, Academic Grid, College Brochures and Application Worksheets.  (Fee Waivers are sent directly to your school and more information will be provided in the next Flash.)

Register for upcoming counselor professional development including the Fall Counselor Conferences.  Fall Counselor Conferences are repeated at CUNY campuses across the city and provide the annual update for this year’s admission cycle.  The conferences are a great place to get to know or revisit with the CUNY admissions staff and start planning campus visits and college nights.

SUNY Counselor Connect:   www.suny.edu/counselor

Rolling Admission.  Check individual colleges for EOP Admission deadlines.

Download SUNY’s Brochures, Profiles and Fee Waiver through the Counselor Connect website.  You can also look up and register for upcoming counselor professional development including the SOAR Workshops, OpInform and end-of-year Counselor Forum.

SUNY Online Academic Record (SOAR) Workshops in NYC

Beginning with applications for fall 2012, SUNY campuses will provide students with the option to report their academic records online as part of the application process.  Join us for a live demonstration and question and answer session to learn about SOAR – the SUNY Online Academic Record.  Live workshops and webinars available.

College Access Consortium Network of New York (CACNY):  www.cacnyinc.org

CACNY is a network of community-based organizations, colleges and secondary schools committed to assisting students in obtaining admission into institutions of higher education.  CACNY hosts monthly meetings and annual activities and shares an extensive and informative e-distribution list.  As a non-profit, its members pay reasonable annual dues in order to support the mission of the organization.  The first CACNY meeting of the year will be Thursday, September 15 from 10:00am – noon at the City University of New York Office of Admissions at Bryant Park, 1114 Avenue of the Americas.  Please register for the meeting here in order to gain access to the building.

CUNY Black Male Initiative:  www.cuny.edu/bmi

Sixth Annual City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) Conference, From High School or GED to J.D., M.D. or Ph.D.: Exposing African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic Students to Graduate and Professional School Opportunities will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Hunter College/CUNY, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  The  conference is free and open to the general public including students and community partners.  More detailed information and registration can be found on the website.

OPTIONS Institute:  http://www.goddard.org/options.html

The Options Institute provides full and half-day seminars on college access counseling issues and topics, including a 60-hour Certificate Course: Foundation and Framework for College Access Counseling. For dates and descriptions of all Options Institute sessions, please visit the website. Note that applications for the certificate course are due September 23rd, 2011.  Also, check with your school or agency as some trainings are offered through other venues that may not be published publicly.

Graduate NYC! Community Best Practices Forums: http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/ue/CUNYDOECollegeReadiness.html

Graduate NYC! is a cross-city collaboration with the mayor’s office, the City University of New York, the New York City Department of Education and a range of external partner organizations.  The focus of the project is to double the graduation rate at CUNY by improving K-16 efforts in postsecondary readiness and transitions.  Throughout the year, Community Best Practices Forums will be held to provide opportunities to learn more about the latest research and best practices in college readiness and success.  For more information or to RSVP to the first Forum, please contact mary.hiebert@mail.cuny.edu.

Graduate NYC! Community Best Practices Forum: Improving Developmental Education
Thursday, September 22, 10:30am–12pm
Lecture Hall, Macaulay Honors College (35 West 67th Street)

Planned topics for the series this coming year (subject to change):

November, 2011:  Providing opportunities for students to develop non-academic skills for college success

  • Roundtable discussions with facilitators from: ASAP, Harlem Children’s Zone, Homebase/Student Success Center, Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center, and others
    January, 2012:  College placement assessments (provisional)

March, 2012:  Principals of Effective Partnerships

  • Panel discussion regarding partnerships between high schools, colleges, and/or community-based organizations

May, 2012:  Common Core State Standards and PARCC Update

ACT College & Career Readiness Workshops, 9am – Noon

Get ACT updates and discuss issues related to college and career readiness, planning, curriculum, and intervention. No cost to attend.

Friday, October 7 – Fordham University, Bronx
Tuesday, October 11 – Pace University, New York City
Thursday, October 13 – Wagner College, Staten Island
Wednesday, November 2 – Adelphi University, Garden City

To sign up for an ACT workshop, please visit www.act.org/ccrw

Lan To
Director of Postsecondary Initiatives

Good Shepherd Services


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