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Legal Issues in Admissions
February 19, 2019
Tuesday, February 19th
8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
ADVIS Members pay $35 per person;
Non Members pay $155 per person, includes continental breakfast and networking lunch.
February 12, 2019
Late registrations will be charged an additional $10 per person.
The Baldwin School
701 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Director of Professional Development
Over the past five years,
The Charles Ellis Trust for Girls
has awarded over five million dollars in tuition assistance grants to students attending independent and parochial high schools. Marcia T. Johnston, Director, Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, will be available on February 19th to share information and answer questions about the Ellis Trust, eligibility, and the application process.
Applications for the Ellis Trust tuition assistance grants for girls are available beginning on January 1, 2019. The deadline to apply for independent school tuition assistance will be March 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Click on the logo below to
download a fact sheet
for more details.
Marcia T. Johnston, Director of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, will join us to answer questions and provide additional information.
Legal Issues in Admissions (Debra Wilson, NAIS) & The Enrollment Management Association's State of the Industry Report - the ADVIS Edition (Heather Hoerle, EMA)
For Directors of Enrollment Management, Admissions Directors and staff as appropriate.
9:00 - 10:15 AM Pre-Session
The Enrollment Management Association's State of the Industry Report - the ADVIS Edition
Heather Hoerle, Executive Director of The Enrollment Management Association, will lead a conversation on the EMA's State of the Industry Report
and how our regional statistics compare to the national statistics. In this session, Heather will present national - and regional - industry data and trends providing illuminating insight into the structure, process, and enrollment operations of the independent school admission office—as well as the significant challenges faced by many schools to reach their enrollment goals.
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (with break)
Legal Issues in Independent School Admissions
The admissions world is not getting any less complex, and the obligations of an enrollment management officer seem to be growing. The potential legal issues in the process can cause the most anxiety as you never know what might be lurking out there. Come join this action packed, interactive workshop with NAIS’ legal counsel, Debra Wilson, to get a handle on managing the risks in the admissions office, including:
Testing for admission
Recent Harvard case and potential implications for independent schools
Antitrust considerations regarding common notification and reply dates
Online enrollment agreements
Truth in lending act disclosures
Emerging issues with international students
12:30 - 1:30 (or 2:00 PM)
Networking Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
Take this time to network informally with your colleagues or join a table group for purposeful discussion around a specific topic of interest (please make your suggestions on the registration form). We have the space until 2:00 PM so feel free to linger till then, or not.
About Our Presenters
has served as the in-house legal counsel for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) since 2000. In addition, she works with the Government and Community Relations Team, reviewing federal regulations and legislation impacting independent schools. Debra also tracks trends in litigation and risk management that impact the industry. Debra also works with the NAIS president’s office in her role as NAIS's in-house legal counsel and provides support for the NAIS governance initiatives that the Association undertakes for boards. In addition to her role as chief legal officer, Debra has presented to school leaders around the country and abroad.
Before joining NAIS, Debra was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the tax division performing civil tax litigation. An independent school alumna, Debra earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of the South (Sewanee) and her law degree from the University of South Carolina.
Debra was recently named the next President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) to start on July 1, 2019.
, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, The Enrollment Management Association. Heather became executive director in 2011. Working with the leadership team, she sets a clear direction for the staff, espousing gold-standard service to members and pushing for continuous innovation. Externally, in her work with schools and the wider education sector, she aims to advance the profession of enrollment management and empower individual professionals. Since joining The Enrollment Management Association, she has led it through several steps to modernize the organization itself and professionalize the admission and enrollment industry.
A thought leader in enrollment management, Heather commissioned a special committee on the future of assessment and personally led the charge to reposition the work of enrollment management as both strategic and foundational to institutional success. Heather’s career began in independent schools as an administrator, student advisor, and teacher at George School and Westtown School. She then embarked on a successful 23-year tenure in leadership roles with two of the world’s largest nonprofit independent school associations: first as associate director of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), then as director of admission and marketing services for The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), leading to a vice presidency at NAIS overseeing membership, corporate affiliations, customer service, and the annual NAIS Conference.
Heather holds a BA in art history from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s of education in educational administration from Harvard University. She has been a board member for Westtown School (her alma mater) and is presently a trustee for the National Business Officers Association, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, and New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.
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