Current Trends/Future Issues Committee

Mission Statement

The Committee on Current Trends and Future Issues (CTFI) annually reviews trends in counseling, college admission and enrollment management.  The Committee makes recommendations for programs and services that educate and inform members and other publics about professional issues and trends.

Chair: David "Butch" Hamilton, St. Marys Ryken High School (MD)

Members of the Committee:

  • Kyle Allwine, University of Mary Washington (VA)
  • Shirley Bloomquist, Educational Consultant (VA)
  • Elizabeth Dugas, University of Alabama (AL)
  • Gardner Humphreys, George C. Marshall High School (VA)
  • Rachel Loving, Maggie Walker Governor's School (VA)
  • Stefanie Niles, Hollins University (VA)
  • Ann Marie Strauss, Garrison Forest School (MD)

Resources and Readings

Our committee will periodically post links to articles and resources related to college admission and/or guidance.  Even if we don’t all agree with these articles, we hope they will be thought-provoking and spark a discussion among our members.  Have an article you’d like to add?  Email a link to

April 2014 Articles

College Search Tools

Degrees Awarded by Major – search for colleges based on degrees awarded

College Admission and Retention

Cracking the New Common App Essay

4 Tips for Conquering the ACT, SAT Math Sections

Focus on Creativity, Passion to Create a Killer College Application

Starting All Over Again (2-Year to 4-Year transfer students)

High School Grades Matter Most in College Admission, NACAC Report Reveals

At Test-Optional Colleges, Students Surpass the Scores They Didn’t Submit

SAT Redesign

College Board’s Announcement of the Redesigned SAT

Behind the SAT: The Good and Bad of the 2016 Redesign

College Finances

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

New Data Shed Light on Use of PLUS Loans and Controversial Loan Denials

College vs. Career/Graduate School Preparation:

Ready or Not

To Fill Skills Gap In U.S., Schools Look Abroad

Uncommon Majors That Can Lead to Surprising Opportunities

Starting college? Here’s how to graduate with a job

College Athletics

How to get recruited to play college football: A signee on what works

From the Lighter Side

Colorado Schools Deny Spike in Applications Sparked by Marijuana Law

Archive of Previous CTFI Articles

NACAC Current Trends and Future Issues Committee

For more information on what the national committee is doing, click HERE.

We Want to Hear from You!

Have an issue?  Seeing a trend?  Let us know!  Email