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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Nov 13, 2020

When NACAC revised its guidelines for college admissions conduct, the repercussions were expected to shake the foundations of higher education. Then COVID came along, doing all that and more! Amy and Mike invited past president of NACAC Patrick O’Connor to analyze the impact and predict the consequences of 2020 changes in admissions rules.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. How did NACAC change their Code of Ethics in 2019?
  2. In what ways were those changes expected to impact college admissions?
  3. Did those changes come to pass, and how did COVID-19 impact projections?
  4. Which groups of students have been most affected by current trends?
  5. What have we learned this year about priorities in college admissions?


Patrick O’Connor is associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook Kingswood School in metropolitan Detroit.  A past president of NACAC and Michigan ACAC, Patrick also teaches Counseling in the College Selection Process as both a graduate class and professional development program.  In 2017-18, he served as the inaugural School Counselor Ambassador Fellow with the US Department of Education, keeping the Department informed of current trends and issues of interest to school counselors. 

Patrick is the author of five books on college counseling, including the highly acclaimed College Counseling for School Counselors and the College is Yours series. He also writes regularly for HS Counselor Week, and Admissions Intel, with other work appearing in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He is on the board of directors for the Michigan College Access Network, serves as the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of College Access, and has recently served on the board of The Common Application, and the credentialing commission for the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners. 

A member of the Political Science Faculty at Oakland Community College, Patrick is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award from Oakland Community College, the Margaret Addis Service to NACAC Award, NACAC’s Government Relations Award, and the William Gramenz Award (for outstanding contributions to college counseling in Michigan.) He holds five college degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education Administration, and is the first member of his family to graduate from college.

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