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2019 -2020 Membership

The Membership Application is now available for the 2019-2020 Membership Year. 

Upcoming Events

March 10 – Sacramento Area: University of the Pacific 
March 11 – Los Angeles Area: Woodbury University 
March 12 – San Diego County: Point Loma University 
March 24 – Orange County: Chapman University 
March 27 – Bay Area: Santa Clara University

Through October 31, 2019, half of all donations will go to Everytown, a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. For more information, please check out their website.

WACAC Monitors Current Fall Fires

Sadly, fire season has erupted again in California. WACAC continues to monitor the situation around the WACAC region including Porter Ranch, Sylmar, and other Southern California communities. WACAC has a Disaster Rapid Response Plan that we are consulting as the fire situation evolves.

Please be aware that schools may be closed, families may be evacuated, and power may be out as students are in the midst of preparing applications. We appreciate colleges and universities being mindful of the challenges that impacted students are facing. If WACAC determines a college counseling or access event is needed for affected communities, we will use email and social media to reach out to our members for assistance. Thank you for your support.

WACAC Executive Committee

Special Statement

Changes Made to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (CEPP)
on September 28, 2019
at the NACAC Conference in Louisville
Impacting WACAC Members

As most of you know, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) is an affiliate organization of the National Organization for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Part of that affiliate relationship mandates that NACAC’s CEPP is also WACAC’s CEPP.

This is why we wish to inform you of permanent changes to the CEPP that were voted on and approved by the NACAC Assembly on September 28, 2019 at the NACAC Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. These changes were proposed and approved as part of an agreement between NACAC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Anti-Trust Division to end their investigation of NACAC through a consent decree pending approval in court. The following portions of the CEPP were removed and reflect the only areas of the document the DOJ considers restraint of trade. The following changes are effective immediately.

WACAC is a professional organization with 2,000 members comprised of high school counselors, college admissions professionals (both four-and two-year institutions), community-based organizations, students and educational professionals, as well as independent educational consultants (IECs). As 21% of our membership are IECs, we feel it is important to fully support them both as professionals in our organization and in the larger college admissions landscape.

We are aware that there is discussion in Sacramento exploring some form of oversight of IECs in the state of California. We believe that the IECs who are members of WACAC are doing their work with integrity. As such, we would support a measure that would help bolster the integrity of IEC professionals within the state and would require that they are members of one or more of these following organizations:

  • Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC)
  • National Association of Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • The California Association of School Counselors (CASC)

Furthermore, though details remain scarce at this time, one significant one has been shared: “A stakeholder group will determine regulations for the industry within a year of registry’s enactment.” With this in mind, WACAC will take deliberate steps to ensure that WACAC and member IECs are fully recognized as a “stakeholder group” and are part of any and all conversations if this legislation moves forward.

Membership Dues Now Free for Public High School Counselors

WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) recently became the first organization of its type in the US to offer free membership to all Public High School Counselors after a vote of our Executive Board and Membership. This decision reflects the importance of a robust representation of public high school counselors in the organization, and recognizes the lack of professional development funding available in most public high schools.

Annual membership for these individuals now only requires signing up. Members receive periodic e-newsletters, access to college counseling tool kits, discounted registration to local professional development events throughout California and Nevada, as well as reduced registration rates or scholarships to the annual Spring Conference.

Marc McGee, WACAC Past President

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Welcome to WACAC

The Western Association for College Admission Counseling supports and advances the work of counseling and enrollment professionals from California and Nevada as they help all students realize their full potential, with emphasis on freshman and transfer transitions to higher education and attention to access and equity for all students.

Founded in 1967, we celebrate 50 years as a non-profit organization supporting college admission counseling.


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