WACAC has 17 committees that support the mission of the organization. Below is a brief description of each committee. Click on the committee name for a more detailed description and sampling of projects.
The Admission Practices Committee was established to educate admission and counseling professionals, as well as nonmembers within the profession, on the ethical standards adopted and promoted by NACAC.
The College Fairs Committee assists in coordinating all WACAC College Fairs and provides leadership in coordinating NACAC-sponsored college fairs in the Western region.
The Communications Committee is responsible for informing the membership about the organization’s activities and events and engaging the membership in discussions about issues relevant to the college admission profession. These efforts span a variety of media, including WACAC’s website, bi-weekly email blast, and social media platforms. The Committee is also responsible for maintaining consistent and professional messaging and branding of the organization’s communication.
The Conference Committee is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the annual conference. Responsibilities include session development, registration, hospitality, local arrangements, and publicity.
The Development Committee looks at the long-term goals of the organization and creates an organized development plan to assure the funding of our organization for many years to come.
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee provides leadership to ensure that issues of cultural and ethnic diversity remains at the forefront in the thoughts and actions of WACAC members and the educational community.
The Governance and Nominations Committee monitors established procedures for nomination and election of officers of WACAC, solicits names of candidates, and holds the election. This committee also monitors the WACAC Bylaws.
The Government Relations Committee (GRAC) is the political arm of WACAC. GRAC serves as a conduit between the federal government, as well as the state governments of California and Nevada. GRAC provides opportunities for involvement nationally and locally. Members communicate with legislators, plan the WACAC Legislative Conference, and provide feedback to the membership.
The Inter-Association Committee is responsible for developing a shared agenda for counseling with similar organizations in California and Nevada. In May 2022, the committee will launch the College Counseling Education Program which satisfies the Performance Expectations outlined by the California Department of Education PPS credential requirements for college counseling. This committee also coordinates presentations on legislative advocacy topics to articulate a common agenda for counseling and college admissions throughout the region.
The Language Access Ad Hoc Committee will serve the diverse membership of Western, by intentionally creating college counseling related programming, resources, and documentation for those who speak a language other than English. In addition, the committee will create a pipeline of human resources through mentorship and networking opportunities. Allowing for WACAC to become a resource for those communities who need access to postsecondary counseling but are limited by English language proficiency.
The Membership Committee is responsible for growing the membership of WACAC and for educating members and non-members about the benefits of WACAC membership.
The WACAC Nevada Interests Committee is responsible for activities and issues that pertain to Nevada. The Nevada Interests Committee will cover a variety of activities and issues and will inform the organization’s Nevada membership about current activities and events.
Comprised of the three Presidents, the Treasurer, the Secretary and the Chairs of the Communications, Development and Professional Development Committees, the Executive Committee will set Fiscal Policy and will respond to issues affecting members that need immediate attention and action such as natural disasters or world events.
Comprised of Past Presidents, the Council will be responsible for administering the Berman-Chalmers Scholarship Fund, for sending a representative to each board meeting and for assisting the current President and other board members as needed.
The Professional Development Committee is responsible for creating professional training opportunities for college counseling professionals of all types.
The Transfer Advocacy Committee (TAC) serves Transfer Center Coordinators and Directors and the interests of transfer students at community colleges. This committee provides transfer-specific professional development opportunities and supports special projects and initiatives that serve transfer students.