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)
  • Ashley Woodard, Longwood University (VA)
  • Liz Menter, Virginia Tech (VA)
  • Theresa Bedoya, Maryland Institute College of Art (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 dhamilton@smrhs.org

Fall 2014 Articles


The College Application Process

How College Applicants Can Go Beyond 'Show Don't Tell'

Holistic Optional

Too Much Demonstrated Interest

Transcript-Free Admissions


College Admission and Retention

More Pressure than Ever: The 2014 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors

The Upside of Selling Your Soul

The Hottest Seat on Campus

Predicting Where Students Go

RuffaloCODY Announces Merger with Noel-Levitz

Goals for Enrollment and Tuition Revenue Elude Many Colleges


The Future of Testing

New ACT Will Assess Test-Takers for 'Job Readiness'

Redesigned PSAT/NMSQT

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

Can imagination be measured?

Here's Why We Don't Need Standardized Tests


College Athletics

The Shame of College Sports (A must read!)

The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports

Two Decades of "Paper Classes"


In College and Beyond

The 10 Most Important Business Skills in 2020 (Infographic)

Bye-Bye Birdies: Sending the Kids Away to College

31 Lessons Every College Student Should Learn

Students Studying Abroad from American Universities

CS50 Logs Record-Breaking Enrollment Numbers


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 dhamilton@smrhs.org.