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*******FUTURE FOCUS FLASH #2: SEP 12 – 18, 2011*******
This weekly email that compiles postsecondary planning information related to overaged, undercredited youth.
In this Issue:
Get Your Fee Waivers • Order Materials • CACNY Meeting This Week • Register for CUNY’s Black Male Initiative •
Last Week’s Flash (for those who missed it is reposted at the end)
Get Your Fee Waivers
Fee Waivers from CUNY, SAT and ACT ship automatically to schools based on previous year’s use. SUNY Fee Waivers can be downloaded online. If you are a CBO working within a school, check with your principal and Guidance Counselor for arrival of college materials as they are often marked generally to the school to one of these individuals. If you are unfamiliar with the fee waivers, see the following websites for guidance:
- SAT Fee Waivers (click on link or call 1888-SAT HELP)
- ACT Fee Waivers (click on link for more information or call 319/337-1270)
- CUNY Fee Waivers are sent to schools via CUNY based on previous year’s use, and will be mailed within the next two weeks. If you are a new program or school, please log into www.cuny.edu/counselor (Counselor Corner) and register your school or program. From there, please contact your CUNY representative or the Help Desk for Counselors to inquire about fee waivers for new programs or schools (212-290-5607 or email@example.com. CUNY does not accept any other type of fee waiver including waivers distributed by the College Board or any other organization. Avery limited quantity of CUNY fee waivers are provided to high school counselors/college advisors to be distributed to students with the most financial need. Students must request a CUNY fee waiver from their counselor/college advisor. Once the supply of CUNY fee waivers is exhausted, no additional waivers will be provided to the high school.
- SUNY Fee Waivers can be downloaded online. SUNY accepts the college application fee waivers distributed by ACT and SAT to testers who also received ACT or SAT fee waivers. Remember that SUNY will bill students the application fee if they are found to be ineligible for a SUNY Fee Waiver.
Most everything is online but if you need hardcopies, you can print them from the counselor websites or order shipments. Some items arrive automatically based on previous year’s shipment. It is a good idea to have some SAT and ACT registration packets on hand for standby testing procedures.
- ACT Order Request and Downloads
- SAT Order Requests and Downloads
- Federal Student Aid Publications
- HESC (TAP) Publications
- SUNY Downloads (contact SUNY to make order requests at 800-342-3811 or askSUNY@suny.edu)
- CUNY Downloads (contact the Counselor Help Desk at 212-290-5607 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make order requests)
CACNY Meeting This Thursday: September 15, 2011, 10am – Noon @ CUNY Welcome Center
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. The topic will be the city-wide, cross-collaborative project, Graduate NYC!
Register for the CUNY Black Male Initiative: October 7, 2011, 8am – 6pm @ Hunter College
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 at www.cuny.edu/bmi.
Last Week’s Flash:
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 Recommended 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. Recommended Deadline: Dec 1. 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 email@example.com.
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
Director of Postsecondary Initiatives
Good Shepherd Services