Current Trends

The Committee on Current Trends reviews trends in counseling, college admission and enrollment management. The committee shall develop programs and services that educate and inform members and other publics about professional issues and trends. The committee will also highlight trends that impact the work of other NEACAC committees.

Resources: Committee Suggestions

Quick reference resources (which are continuously being updated):


  • Thursday Night Live, Straight Talk with College Admissions Leaders, coordinated by Brennan Barnard, Director of College Counseling at the Derryfield School. View the whole series and sign up for upcoming sessions here.
  • What the Coronavirus Means for College Admissions. Panelists include Angel Perez, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College, Mike Keane, Senior Enrollment Consultant at Maguire Associates. Moderated by Jeff Selingo of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Sign up here to access the recording.
  • Future U Podcast with Jeff Selingo from the Chronicle of Higher education and Michael Horn, author and head of strategy for the Entangled Group. Download all episodes here. We particularly recommend episode #56, The Coming Enrollment Crunch

College Admissions: Impact of the Coronavirus is a panel jointly sponsored by NEACAC and NEASC. Panelists included Erik S. DeAngelis, Senior Associate Director, Office of College Admission, Brown University; Leykia Nulan, Dean of Admission, Mount Holyoke College;Michael C. Iorio, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment & Director of Admission, Saint Anselm College;Erin W. Earle, Ed.D. Director, Campus Visit Experience, The University of Rhode Island; and Christina Doyle, Executive Director, NEACAC. Access a recording of this webinar here

Tough Times for New England Higher Education 

As anyone associated with higher education in New England knows, the last 12 to 18 months have been rough for higher education in this region. While many colleges and universities are thriving and feel robust about their futures, a growing number of institutions, most smaller in size, face uncertain futures, or no future at all.

We have assembled here a representative sample of articles in the press about this on-going crisis in New England higher education. This is by no means a definitive collection of the myriad of pieces about this issue, but we hope this representative sample gives anyone who delves into them a greater sense of perspective of how things are unfolding.

Click here to review the Current Trends 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference Session

Click here to review the Current Trends 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference Session 

 If you are interested in joining the Current Trends Committee, please contact Alyssa Frank Reichman.





Alyssa Frank Reichman - Chair
Boston Latin School
[email protected]

Committee Members:

Peter Barros, LaVida Scholars
Jill Britton, Westbrook Schools
Jackie Christopher, University of Roehampton, London
James Cristiano, Merrimack College
Eliza Etter, The University of Rhode Island
Brian Ford, Austin Preparatory School
Kate Guyotte, University of New Hampshire
Jackie Haas, Salem State University
Catherine McGraw, Williston Northampton School
Andy Palumbo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Christina Parlon, Dean College
William Pepin, North Smithfield High School
Craig Plummer, The College Connection
Michael Schell, Catholic Memorial High School
Kathy Strand, College Search U
Leslie Thatcher, Perkins School for the Blind
Jane Tran, Wesleyan University
Jim Tweed, Rhode Island College
Doug Umberger, Loyola New Orleans
Julia Varriale, University of California - Los Angeles
Terry Ward, Providence Country Day School