SURVEY: Will the NACAC Vote Have an Impact on Admissions Practices?

NACAC Survey

On Saturday, September 28, NACAC held a vote to decide if members wanted to test the Justice Department’s anti-trust charge which alleges that provisions in the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice constitute restraint of trade. Prior to and since there has been speculation in the higher education community about the potential impacts of this outcome. We are seeking your feedback. [note: this survey has closed]

The vote was on the potential elimination of the following:


"Colleges must not offer incentives exclusive to students applying or admitted under an early decision application plan. Examples of incentives include the promise of special housing, enhanced financial aid packages, and special scholarships for early decision admits. Colleges may, however, disclose how admission rates for early decision differ from those for other admission plans."

"College choices should be informed, well-considered, and free from coercion. Students require a reasonable amount of time to identify their college choices; complete applications for admission, financial aid, and scholarships; and decide which offer of admission to accept. Once students have committed themselves to a college, other colleges must respect that choice and cease recruiting them."

"Colleges will not knowingly recruit or offer enrollment incentives to students who are already enrolled, registered, have declared their intent, or submitted contractual deposits to other institutions. May 1 is the point at which commitments to enroll become final, and colleges must respect that. The recognized exceptions are when students are admitted from a wait list, students initiate inquiries themselves, or cooperation is sought by institutions that provide transfer programs."

"Colleges must not solicit transfer applications from a previous year’s applicant or prospect pool unless the students have themselves initiated a transfer inquiry or the college has verified prior to contacting the students that they are either enrolled at a college that allows transfer recruitment from other colleges or are not currently enrolled in a college."


Ultimately, NACAC voted for the change, the removal of these four provisions. While the vote was overwhelming in favor (211-3), discussions prior were anything but one-sided.

We invite you to give your feedback [note: this survey has closed] in a brief, six-question survey, the results of which we will share with all participants. The questions will center on whether this decision will change the admissions practices landscape, impact certain types of institutions, and motivate your institution to change its practices. Your responses are anonymous and the report will be provided in aggregate.

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