By Sonia Ryan and Omar Zazueta (Admission Practices Committee)

As students begin completing applications this season, you may be asked about certain language or questions in an application that make you go “hmmmm.”  The NACAC Statement of Principles and Good Practices is the tool that can assist you in providing information to students, colleagues, and colleges to clarify if the concern is in compliance with SPGP or not.  SPGP are also the guiding ethical principles that colleges and universities follow as they create and implement their own processes and procedures.

High School and Community College Counselors
Counselors, if you find yourself in a situation where you have a question or concern about an admissions practice, you can contact your AP chair (me) and complete the anonymous online form with your concern at  In the past, anonymous concerns have helped guide and shape amendments to the SPGP. This is an opportunity for you to tell us what policies might not have a student’s best interest in mind.

Colleges and Universities
SPGP helps guide our own ethical practices and principles. This is the “rule book”. Familiarize yourself with it. Review it. Right now is as good a time as any to make sure that your institution is in compliance with SPGP. There have been many amendments to it over the last 3-4 years so if you haven’t taken a look at it in a while make sure you get to know the changes related to waiting lists, international student recruitment, and the May 1st deadline.

Questions? Contact Sonia Ryan
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