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 J. Hamilton, St. Marys Ryken High School (MD)

Committee Members: 

  • Kyle Allwine, University of Mary Washington (VA)

  • Theresa Bedoya, Maryland Institute College of Art (MD)
  • Elizabeth Dugas, University of Alabama (VA Region)

  • Chris Hill, Oak Hill Academy (VA)
  • Gardner Humphreys, George C. Marshall High School (VA)
  • Crys Latham, The Washington Latin Public Charter School (DC)

  • Rachel Loving, Maggie Walker Governor's School (VA)

  • Ann Sarkisian, DePauw University (IN)

  • 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



The following is a PDF of the presentation by members of the CTFI committee at the PCACAC Spring Conference on April 19, 2016: 

PCACAC 51st Annual Conference – Closing Session: Current Trends and Future Issues: The Solutions Edition    

The following is a PDF of the presentation by members of the CTFI committee at the PCACAC Spring Conference on April 21, 2015:

PCACAC 50th Annual Conference - Closing Session: "This is Now, What is Next?"


Spring 2016 Articles

The College Application Process

The Common Application Announces 2016-2017 Essay Prompts

Five Things to Know About Account Rollover


The Current and Future of Testing

University of Delaware to make SAT optional 

What your child needs to know before taking the SAT and ACT


College Costs

Prior-Prior Year Income Data for the FAFSA

FAFSA Completion by High School

3 Charts That Show Just How Dire The Student Debt Crisis Has Become


In College and Beyond

6 Classes I Would Force Every College Student To Take

For What Kind of Future Work Are We Educating Our Kids

For Undergrads, Peers Play Key Role in Degree Attainment

LinkedIn's CEO Wants to Revolutionize the Global Workforce By Matching All Jobs With Skilled Workers

How Sal Khan Hopes to Remake Education

Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?

Career Coaching for the Playdate Generation


Outside Reading

Educating an Original Thinker

Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed

Why Cloudy Days Help Us Think More Clearly



Archive of Previous CTFI Articles

NACAC Current Trends and Future Issues Committee

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

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