Professor Omari Simmons presents at 68th Annual National Association for College Admissions Counseling Conference
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
September 27, 2012
Professor Omari Simmons will be presenting on Higher Education Access for America’s Vulnerable Students at the 68th Annual National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Conference on Oct. 6 in Denver, Colo.
Professor Simmons, along with Senior Policy Analyst Jennifer Dounay Zinth of the Education Commission of the States, will be speaking on higher education attainment for vulnerable students.
The Obama administration’s goal to lead the world in number of college graduates by 2020 reflects the long-term need to invest for the future and acknowledges that reaching these goals requires increasing the degree completion rates of minority, low-socioeconomic status, first-generation, and other vulnerable students. The conference will discuss reforms aimed at advancing higher education access for vulnerable students, including addressing social capital deficits; meeting the financial literacy needs of families; enhancing federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid policies; and promoting community engagement.
Additionally, Professor Simmons and Zinth will explore two dimensions of higher education access: the quantitative, related to increasing the absolute number of vulnerable students who attend college and the qualitative, related to the type of higher education setting they enter.
The NACAC’s national conference is the preeminent forum for the college admission community. More than 5,500 secondary and postsecondary college admission counseling professionals attend to exchange ideas, learn from experts and experience the products and services to help students accomplish their goals.