The Western Association for College Admission Counseling has been an organization of leaders in the college admission profession for the past 45 years. WACAC:
- Advocates for student rights in the college-selection process
- Encourages participation of traditionally underrepresented, underserved populatiosn in postsecondary education and in our profession
- Offers professional development opportunities to our members regarding the transition from high school to college
- Provides access to research and rseources for our members
Our membership is made up of:
41% University Professionals
27% High School Professional
22% Independent Professionals
11% Non-Profit, Student, and Retired Members
Annual Conference: The largest event that WACAC hosts is a 3-day conference in the spring with professional development workshops for high school, independent, transfer, and admission professionals. It brings hundreds of professionals together to share ideas, provide best practices and discuss issues around the college admission process.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Conference: This is a conference held in conjuction with the Annual Conference. It is designed to assist educational professionals at all levels who work with students from underrepresented populations by providing them with solutions to the issues they have in serving this population. Approximately 100 innovative high school guidance personnel, enrollment management, admission, outreach, and recruitment staffs attend this exciting event where dialogue, collaboration, and cross-cultural awareness is abound.
Share, Learn and Connect: These one-day workshops on college campuses are offered in four regions across California - Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. This professional development opportunity is designed for high school counselors, independent consultants, and transfer center counselors. The workshop sessions were created to meet the needs of all counselors - new to experienced - who work with high school and community college students transitioning to college. Last year, we serve 713 counselors through our four programs.
College Fairs: The WACAC College Fairs program aid students in fulfilling their educational aspirations. A free program to the public since 1972, the fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general, and other information pertinent to the college section process. There are nine fairs in CA and NV.
California Dreamin' Summer Tour: Each summer, WACAC hosts a tour of colleges and universities in either Southern or Northern California. This week long tour is designed for high school, independent and community college counseling professionals. The California Dreamin' Summer Tour includes tours of a wide range of colleges and universities (2-4 per day), introduction/update to the UC and CSU system (CA public universities), professional development sessions, time to network with colleages from across the country and fun evening outings at one of California's many tourist signs. All participants are required to stay in a residential hall for the week on the host campus. We average 37 attendees per program.
Legislative Conference: WACAC trains and executes advocacy efforts in Sacramento in a meanginful and rewarding way. Our members introduce themselves to local Senate and Assembly members as well as key members of Senate and Assembly committees. Our goal will be to share our educational priorities, our expertise, and our personal stories.
Leadership Development Institute: LDI is a newer program that focuses on the development of admission professionals. It is a selective program that provides training and professional development to mid-level managers to prepare them for future leadership roles in the organization and the profession.
Admission Practices After Hours: This program is a reception that is held for enrollment professionals and usually involves networking and some professional development training on admission practices or other professional development tactics.