This Monday, 4/20: NYSACAC Regional Forum at Fordham University

Please see below about registering for the NYSACAC Professional Development Forum at Fordham Lincoln Center.

Check in and breakfast will begin at 8 am with the forum schedule as follows:

8:00 – 8:30: Check in & Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45: Welcome remarks

8:45 – 9:15: Round Table Rotation 1

9:15 – 9:45: Round Table Rotation 2

9:45 – 10:15: Round Table Rotation 3

10:15 – 10:45: Round Table Rotation 4

10:45 – 11:15: Round Table Rotation 5

11:15 – 12:00: Wrap up conversation & raffle for NYSACAC Utica conference grant

12:00: Optional campus tours depart

Please note the following directions & locations details

Date: Monday, 4/20/15

Registration:  Non-members, please make sure to pay the $20 fee prior to the forum, if you have not done so already, by contacting Kathleen at  Otherwise, only exact cash will be taken at check in.

Location:  Fordham University, 12th Floor Lounge of the Lowenstein Center.  Use the main campus entrance at 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023.  The attendant will direct Forum registrants to the Lounge

Directions/Parking:  Detailed directions and a campus map are available at  By subway, take the A, B, C, D or 1 train to the Columbus Circle station, which is one block east of campus. By car, use the GPS address above and see our list of area parking garages — including some that offer Fordham discounts — at

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Report on Challenges for High School Counselors in College Advising

From Inside Higher Ed:

High school counselors have significant time demands that keep them from spending as much time as many would like on college advising, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Get the link and more info here.

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We support the New York State Dream Act Coalition!

Undocumented youth need your orgs help!

I am asking that all people who work with youth, sign the below letter — we need ALL the support we can get to make sure that every undocumented youth have access to state financial aid.

Sign it here by filling it out the quick Google Form!


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Lehman College Specialized Information Sessions

These are great opportunities for students to check out Lehman college for specific interests.  Open to 9th-12th graders.  Please encourage students to register.

Lehman College
Spring 2015
Specialized Information Sessions

Social Work
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Music Building, East Dining Room

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Music Building, Room 306

Nursing & Health Sciences
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Music Building, East Dining Room

Business, Economics, and Accounting
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Carman Hall, Room B04

(Early Childhood, Childhood, Middle, and High School)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Carman Hall, Room B36

All sessions begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

For a complete list of Information Sessions and to R.S.V.P at the website

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Getting Ready for the Redesigns

As you know, the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT® are coming in fall 2015 and spring 2016, respectively. As part of the College Board’s commitment to communicate clearly about the redesigns, we’ve recently launched to help you and your students understand the changes and get ready with sample questions from every section.

At the new site, you can:

  • Learn about the redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments, including details on:
    •  Why the exams are changing
    •  Key changes, with a breakdown of score reporting
    •  Exam structure and timing
  • Get a peek at practice, including:
    • Sample questions in reading, writing and language, and math, as well as sample essay prompts
    • Skills crosswalks — one for reading and one for writing and language

We encourage you to explore and share it with students, their families, and others who may be interested in the redesigned assessments.

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cIcu’s College Connections Newsletter

Attached is the newly released winter 2015 College Connections newsletter. College Connections is a free newsletter for counselors, students, and parents. This edition provides articles on FAFSA completion, summer programs at independent colleges and universities in New York State, resources about paying for college, and more.

This and past editions of College Connections are also available for download as PDF documents from the “Get More Resources” tab on cIcu’s Admissions and Financial Aid Outreach Web site, The “Get More Resources” tab contains several resources chock full of information for your students and their families about New York State’s 100+ private independent colleges and universities – information about the wonderful opportunities for study, the financial aid process, admissions, and college transition. These resources, Your College Search, Affording College (and its Spanish equivalent), and College Quick Tips are all available for free download.

If you have not yet placed an order for copies of our 2015 edition of Your College Search, we recommend that you do so now. Your College Search, published annually, provides information about the 100+ private independent colleges and universities in New York State and highlights the myriad academic programs they offer. The 2015 edition of Your College Search will be released in May 2015. To order copies of the 2014 edition and/or to pre-order the 2015 edition, complete our online form at

To meet our grant deliverables, we need your feedback on our resources. Below is a link to our short online evaluation form. Please take a moment to fill it out as your comments and suggestions will help us to make future resources and publications more helpful for you, your students and their families – Thank you for your help!

Download the newsletter here.

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Study reveals SAT thresholds may hinder future four-year success

From Inside Higher Ed:

For those students on the cusp of meeting minimum SAT requirements to enter college, where they choose to enroll could determine their chance of eventually earning a bachelor’s degree.

Researchers from the College Board and Harvard University’s Kennedy School released a paper last month describing how students who are drawn out of four-year institutions to the two-year sector — due to minimum thresholds for SAT scores — have lower bachelor’s degree completion rates than those who attend four-year universities.

Read the full article here.

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