Sixteen members of Darlington’s faculty and staff attended this week’s annual conference of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) in Atlanta for continuing professional development in the field of college admissions.
Dean of College Guidance Sam Moss ('63) and Associate Dean Ivy Brewer, Darlington’s 10 college advisors, College Guidance Office Administrator Madge Crawford ('84), Head of School Brent Bell, Assistant Head of School for Academic Resources Stefan Eady, and Upper School Director Matt Peer attended the conference, which drew over 1,100 participants.
“Attending the SACAC conference is an invaluable professional development experience for our college guidance staff and 10 college advisors, but also for Darlington’s administrators,” said Moss. “While they may not work directly with students in the admissions process, we feel it is very important for our school leadership to understand today’s college admissions landscape.”
The theme of the conference was “Advocacy, Teamwork, Leadership.” Seventy-six sessions were presented, covering every aspect of college admission today, including financial aid, athletic recruiting, standardized testing, ethical behavior, colleges’ institutional agendas, understanding admissions decisions, and many more. In addition, Darlington’s attendees were able to meet one-on-one with admissions officers from a multitude of colleges both in the southern region and from throughout the country and abroad, providing invaluable networking opportunities.
“We are indeed fortunate and grateful to Darlington for the professional development grant from the school which made this conference attendance possible,” said Moss. “Once again, we at Darlington are ‘putting our money where our mouth is’ in emphasizing the importance of an effective college guidance program for our students.”
SACAC membership is comprised of over 11,000 colleges, universities, public and independent secondary schools, school systems, and independent counselors and is a regional branch of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) headquartered near Washington D.C.