ACCIS Programs

Each year, the ACCIS Program Team plans and coordinates professional development programs for the benefit of our members. Information about each of these programs is below.

College Tours

ACCIS collaborates with colleges to host multi-campus tours specifically for ACCIS members. We seek out existing tour partnerships interested in providing a program for ACCIS members. 

For further information, contact Emmi Harward.

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Known for in-depth conversations and intimate size, the ACCIS Colloquium offers an opportunity for independent school college counselors to discuss issues impacting our professional lives with colleagues from around the nation. With just 30-35 attendees, the Colloquium encourages discussion, sharing of best practices, and the opportunity to visit colleges in different regions of the country.

For further information, contact Emmi Harward, or Colloquium lead Kelly Richards.

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Office Assistants’ Program

This unique opportunity for college counseling office assistants features discussion of best practices in working with the counselors, families, processes and information technology at the heart of our college counseling profession. During each program, 30-35 participants gather for two days of dialogue, idea exchange and collaboration. Participants depart having gained a network of colleagues for continued professional communication and support.

Meetings are hosted by an ACCIS member school, often with a side-trip to a nearby college or university for a tour and discussion of admission operations and document processing. A sample agenda and sample discussion/small group topics are linked for review. Each program will differ. 

For further information, contact Emmi Harward.

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New Directors of College Counseling Workshop

NEW PROGRAM IN 2017; will return in Summer 2019

In order to support new college counseling office directors within our member schools, ACCIS is pleased to announce the New Directors' Workshop, an intentional gathering to assist our organization’s directors of college counseling (or equivalent titles) who will start the next academic year with 0-3 years of experience in that role. This program is geared toward those with prior college counseling experience in schools; for directors brand new to college counseling in independent schools, the Pre-Institute for New College Counselors may be the preferred choice, but is not a prerequesite for this program.

For further information, contact Emmi Harward.

New College Counselors Workshop

The New Counselors Workshop (formerly known as the Pre-Institute) is designed for college counselors who are new to the profession, whether just starting out or “crossing the desk” from college admission. This small gathering of 35 participants, led by seasoned ACCIS faculty, focuses on essential skills, knowledge and strategies for guiding students (and parents) through the college search, learning about college options, and networking resources for continued professional growth. 

The New Counselors Workshop takes place on the weekend preceding the Summer Institute, beginning Friday evening and concluding by Sunday noon.  Attendees may choose to register separately for the Summer Institute. 

For further information contact New Counselors Workshop director Canh Oxelson or Program lead/Summer Institute director Lisa Clay.

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Summer Institute

Since the first summer gathering of 75 ACCIS members at Kenyon College in the summer of 2008, the Summer Institute has become a “must-do” professional development event for independent school college counselors.  Approximately 300 ACCIS members gather for three days in June for informative and thought-provoking presentations led by fellow members, and roundtable discussions highlighting best practices, innovations and fundamental challenges in our profession. Prominent national thinkers, writers and educators set the tone through keynote presentations and open dialogue with attendees. Opportunities to tour nearby colleges as well as the host campus, plus informal networking and social opportunities, make the Summer Institute a comprehensive, reinvigorating and influential experience. 

The Summer Institute is usually held in mid- to late June starting on a Sunday evening and concluding by Wednesday morning. 

For further information contact Program lead/Summer Institute director Lisa Clay 

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