It seems not so long ago, we were all gathered in Atlantic City for the 2018 Annual Conference. If there is anything we all know about our profession, is that the clock never stops. Whether you are a college admissions official working to minimize summer melt or a college admissions counselor plotting out their summer college tour schedule, as professionals we continue to work to provide students with the best of us no matter what time of the year it is. Make no mistake though, as we enter the summer months, be sure to take the appropriate time you can to spend with family and friends to relax and enjoy in what this season provides us. A little fun in the sun never hurt anyone!

In my year as President of NJACAC, I hope to communicate with our membership on a monthly basis in this medium to provide you with details about what is going on in our profession as well as what is going on within our association. NJACAC committees are consistently working on various initiatives that all should be aware of.

Our Government Relations Committee (GRC), is continuously monitoring and in touch with GRC folks at NACAC to get us the most current information about occurrences at the government level that affect our students and our profession. Keep an eye to your email, even during the summer, as GRC sends information about things happening both in Trenton and Washington DC, which are critical points of information that impact our members.

I am very pleased to share that dates for our Fall Regional College Fairs have been slated and that information is available right off of our homepage with registration for the fairs to be available very shortly. NJACAC is pleased to announce that all of our Regional College Fairs will be serviced by StriveScan which will allow prospective students to complete a very brief profile that generates a code that in turn, allows for a college/university admissions officer to scan said code to obtain the student’s information. This will allow for students to have more meaningful conversations with admissions representatives, our admissions folks will receive clean data about the prospects they speak with, and local college fair committees will get so much more information about the demographics their specific fair draws.

Our Camp College program will be held at Caldwell University, August 1st through 2nd. We will welcome students from all over the state of New Jersey, specifically rising juniors and seniors from traditionally underserved backgrounds, to their ultimate thrill ride talking about everything and anything related to their college admissions search. Volunteers from all sides of our profession participate to provide information to these students about how best to approach this important time in their lives. We are looking forward to another successful edition of Camp College in 2018.

The NJACAC Summer College Tour is back to tour seven of our higher education institutions all over the state. Our visitors will arrive on July 8th and partake in a welcome reception, before hitting the ground running the following day through July 11th.

Finally, one of the longest standing NJACAC programs will go down on Thursday, August 9th at Rider University: Basics of College Admission 2018. Our Basics program is a one-day workshop for newer members of our profession (typically between 0-2 years) with focus on items such as standardized testing, financial aid, and trends in college admissions.

Before you head out of your office for the summer, consider renewing your NJACAC membership prior to the start of a new school year! Simply log in through our Member Portal and follow the prompts. It is really that simple! There is no NJACAC without YOU, so let’s make sure we keep the most critical component of our association intact!

Have a wonderful summer! Enjoy the sunshine!

Carlos O. Cano
NJACAC President