INCLUSION, ACCESS, AND SUCCESS
The Inclusion, Access and Success (IAS) Committee seeks to advance the association's commitment to inclusion for under-served students and the educational professionals who guide them.
The purpose of the committee is to facilitate understanding of issues of inhibited inclusion, the lack of access, and barriers to success for students making their way through the education system, and to create change within the existing systems of higher education that exclude underrepresented students from opportunities. By educating ourselves and our colleagues about critical issues facing students and sharing the best practices in which to develop students for college success, we will change the formula that inhibits their access to higher education. We will lead initiatives to change the processes that promote marginalization of students in their path to college. With the dedication and the participation of our peers, we hope that the outcomes of these efforts will lead to more diverse college campuses, a state with a higher rate of college graduation, and from these outcomes we all will see exponential benefits.
GOALS & INITIATIVES
Interested in learning more about the Inclusion Access and Success Committee and our work to support students? Join our committee for an upcoming meeting—all are welcome!
Meeting dates take place on the second Friday each month at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Each year thousands of high school students begin the long road to college. Navigating college visits, admissions applications, prom, rigorous college prep courses, jobs and internships, a social life, and more can do a number on the mental health of the students we serve. In this webinar IAS Co-Chair’s Ja’Niah Downing (Purdue University – West Lafayette), Cara Short (Indiana Commission for Higher Education), and Lukas Mendoza (Saint Joseph High School) discussed both sides of the desk and how we can better support students through the process.
WHO ARE WE?
Ask the Admission Office is a series of six checklists that will help you determine what to ask colleges or universities before you apply. The checklists were developed by NACAC in collaboration with its Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee.
In 2009, the Illinois ACAC Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee published its first edition of the College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students designed to provide assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students. The feedback from high school counselors and college admission representatives was overwhelmingly positive.
It is their goal to include every college and university within the U.S. that welcomes undocumented students on their campus. Through outreach and greater access to accurate information, we can ensure that college is possible for all who want to attend.
Mental Health Resources for High School/College Students and Counselors
Special Interest Groups
NACAC Special Interest Groups (SIGs) nurture the growing diversity in our association by providing "micro" communities within which members can network and add value to their NACAC membership experience.
Diversity Resources on College Campuses
IAS believes a sense of "belonging" is integral to a student’s well being and success in college. A student's ability to reach his/her full potential relies on a sense of belonging and it is essential to a student’s retention and graduation. Therefore, providing a sense of belonging to all students, particularly underrepresented and marginalized students, is an institution’s, particularly a Predominantly White Institution's obligation and responsibility. To this end, IAS created and distributed a survey to INACAC members in order to learn more about their particular institution's opportunities and resources for underrepresented and marginalized students.
Past survey responses can be found here: Diversity Resources on College Campuses. Our hope is that this resource assists high school members as they serve these students.