Mrs. Nixon and students discussing college information

College Counseling


Potential changes to college admission processes


Dear Parents,

In September, members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) met at their annual national conference and approved changes in their code of ethics which describes how students should be treated in the college admission process. NACAC ( is an organization representing more than 15,000 professionals at colleges and universities, high schools, and community-based organizations, as well as independent education counselors, and its ethical code is followed by institutions and individuals throughout the United States.

At the national conference, NACAC made changes in its code, called the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP), in ways that could have a direct impact on your students and their college process. We felt it was important to update you, but because the changes are brand new, we don’t know exactly what the impact will be over time. My colleague, NACAC member Rafael Figueroa, dean of college guidance at Albuquerque Academy (NM), was kind enough to put together a letter for the parents of his students and to allow me to share it with you.


For the last two years, NACAC has been subject to an antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice. The DOJ holds the opinion that some of the rules in the CEPP restrain how and when colleges compete for students. In an attempt to try to settle the DOJ complaint, NACAC removed from the CEPP three provisions that the department believes inhibits competition among colleges, one having to do with transfer students, which I won’t go into here, but the other two having to do with Early Decision applications and the May 1 college decision deadline. Let me talk about those separately.

Changes to Early Decision

The CEPP previously stated that colleges could not offer any incentive to students to encourage them to apply under a binding Early Decision program. Examples quoted directly from the CEPP include the promise of special housing, enhanced financial aid packages, and special scholarships for Early Decision admits.

Following votes taken at the NACAC conference in September, that prohibition was removed, effective immediately.

This means that colleges could begin to offer students incentives to apply under a binding Early Decision program. (Most ED deadlines are early November or early January.) Early decision is a very serious commitment, and we don’t encourage students to apply ED unless it is a clear first choice and the students and family understand the financial ramifications of applying to a binding program. While it is not likely that colleges will act quickly enough to begin offering incentives this year, it is possible. We ask students to inform their college counselors if they receive any unusual solicitations from colleges to apply ED, and we ask that you parents also keep an eye out for such offers. We strongly encourage you to speak directly with a college adviser before agreeing to apply under any ED program.

May 1 Response Rate

May 1 is known in as the universal reply date in college admission. It is the deadline for students who have not already done so to commit to a college for next fall. Previously, the CEPP prohibited colleges from trying to “poach” a student who has indicated their intent to enroll in another college — no incentives to change their mind, no last-minute scholarships or other benefits.

That rule, also, was removed from the CEPP, effective immediately.

We will not know the impact of this rule change until after May 1. We are hopeful that most colleges will still respect the ethical guidelines spelled out in other parts of the CEPP and will respect a student’s right to make a college choice free from harassment and the stress of confusing offers and counter offers. But we just do not know what will happen.

NACAC Response

The CEPP remains a very strong statement of professional ethics and guidelines. It emphasizes NACAC’s belief that “advocating for the best interests of students in the admission process is the primary ethical concern of our profession.” NACAC’s president has asked member institutions to uphold our beliefs, even in the absence of those explicit rules.

The Plan for Now

Our plan for now is to keep you and your students informed, keep actively discussing this issue in our various national forums, and keep an eye out for changes in behavior by colleges. Again, you and your students will be a critical source of information for us, and we strongly urge you to let us know if you see any unusual behavior by colleges.

If you have any additional questions, please contact me directly.

Mrs. Nixon

College Rep Meetings 2019-20


We are excited to host college reps at Bishop Chatard for the next few months. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to attend the meetings. Our policy for college rep meetings is:

  • You must sign up for a visit in advance to attend the session.
  • Each student is allowed to participate in up to eight meetings.
  • You are responsible to make up any work missed.
  • You are not to miss a test, mandatory presentation, important quiz, etc., for a college meeting. If you are not sure what will take place in class on the day of the visit, be proactive and check with the teacher the day before or the morning of the meeting to see if it is acceptable for you to miss class.
  • You will go directly to the meeting room rather than reporting to class first. Attendance will be taken. You must be in the designated room or area of the meeting prior to the ringing of the bell or you will be marked tardy for that period’s class.
  • College meetings that take place during seminar take up the entire period. You will not be released from the meeting room for any reason.
  • College meetings that take place during a class period will typically end well in advance of the end of the period; you will be given a pass to return to class promptly.
  • The School Counseling Office reserves the right to remove you from the college meeting if your academic profile does not match the admission standards of the school or if your actions do not meet the desired expectations for our students.View the College Reps Schedule

To Signup:

  • Log in to Naviance Student. (Use your student number without and your regular BCHS password.)
  • Scroll down to “College Visits”
  • Click on “Show More.”
  • Next to the college name for the meeting you want to attend, click on ‘Register Now’ (over at the right).
  • You will not receive a pass for the meeting. Attendance will be taken when the bell rings. Meeting locations and room numbers can also be found on the Student Activities calendar on the BCHS website.
  • View the college rep meeting schedule.

Why do we have college meetings?

  • Many colleges track students’ demonstrated interest. (If a student shows up at the high school meeting, it goes into the application record and can help chances of admission or scholarship. It is a reality of the admissions process these days.)
  • This is a great chance for you to find out whether schools are a good fit for your academic statistics (GPA and test scores) and desired majors.
  • These meetings help to make you aware of deadlines, special scholarships, and important information regarding your applications to your top choice schools.
  • You will be able to expand your horizons to hear about some schools that you may not have previously considered.

Quick Look at College Credit for English Courses


Students often have questions regarding their potential to earn college credit as they evaluate which senior English course to take. This chart shows what credit some local universities currently award for AP Language, AP Literature, and W131.

A few reminders as you review this information:

  1. The preparation you receive in these courses is a wonderful foundation for success in your college-level courses. Even if you will not be exempt from a specific English class at the college or university you attend, it is still advantageous to take these courses.
  2. Most colleges have a policy that if you are awarded college credit from another university (100-level course or higher earning a C or better), you will receive transfer credit. There are exceptions to this.  Additionally, these credits sometimes come in as elective credit, but a certain number of elective credits are required for graduation as well.
  3. Colleges and universities change their policies and the specific credit awarded on a very regular basis. Often, faculty review committees or new Provosts or Deans can change the requirements over the summer. It is important to opt into or out of a class based on the knowledge acquired and experience gained rather than always trying to work ahead at a specific college of university.
  4. This information was compiled via various inquiries to registrars, admissions offices, transfer credit evaluation sites, and academic deans. There may be exceptions based on the major to which you are applying, etc. It is best to contact the college or university’s Registrar if you have questions or are trying to decide whether to enroll in a course.

AP Language AP Literature W 131
Ball State University ENG 103 (3 or 4)

ENG 103 & 104 (5)

ENG 206 (3, 4, or 5) ENG 103
Butler University EN 185 (4 or 5) EN 185 (4 or 5) General elective: 100 level credit
Indiana University W 131 (4 or 5) X 101 (3, 4, or 5) Grade is taken in GPA
Marian University ENG 101 (4 or 5) ENG 101 & ENG 112 (4 or 5) ENG 112
University of Notre Dame WR 13100 (4 or 5) No credit transfers No credit transfers
Purdue University ENGL 10600 (4 or 5) ENGL 23100 (4 or 5) ENG 10300

Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant


The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant provides free job training for Hoosiers in high-demand sectors from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Sectors include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Science, IT & Business Services and Transportation & Logistics.

The Indiana General Assembly created Next Level Jobs for working-age Hoosiers in 2017, and expanded the program in 2018 to include all high school graduates. This is a great opportunity for all students, especially those who may not qualify for other forms of financial aid.

Next Level Jobs provides free job training for Hoosiers who:

1) Are an Indiana resident AND a U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen)

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