2013 AACRAO
Stratetic Enrollment Management Conference


William E. Sedlacek

Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Maryland, College Park

Panel Discussion Presenter
Wednesday, November 13 – 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

William E. Sedlacek is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Iowa State University and a Ph. D. from Kansas State University.

He is senior author of Racism in American Education: A Model for Change (with Brooks), and A Measure of Racial Attitudes, The Situational Attitude Scale (SAS). He authoredBeyond the Big Test: Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education and has authored or coauthored more than 300 articles in professional journals on a wide range of topics including racism, sexism, college admissions, advising, educational measurement and employee selection.

He has served as editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. Also, he has consulted with more than 350 different organizations, colleges, and universities on interracial and intercultural issues, and has served as an expert witness in race and sex discrimination cases. He has served on research advisory committees for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the College Success Foundation.

He has received research awards from the American Counseling Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the American College Personnel Association, and a Campus Model of Excellence award from the Office of Multi-Ethnic Education at the University of Maryland for research “affecting the lives of African Americans.” In 2010 he was made a Fellow of the American Counseling Association, and in 2011 he received the William R. “Bud” Thomas Jr. Mentoring Award for “excellence in sustained mentoring of graduate college student personnel students” from the University of Maryland.


Meeting the Diversity Goals of Your Institution: Navigating the Supreme Court Guidance on Race and Ethnicity in Admissions Post-Fisher

The Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas-Austin raised as many questions as answers for enrollment officers seeking to meet the diversity goals for their institutions. With the return of the case to the 5th Circuit Court, it may be some time before the case is resolved, leaving institutions to determine how they should develop an admissions process that meets the guidance of the Court. A panel of experts will attempt to untangle the complexities of the Fisher decision, assess the potential impacts on admissions and enrollment professionals, and offer strategies that can help your institution achieve its diversity goals. We’ll examine what approaches are available, with a particular emphasis on holistic admissions, and what should be considered when crafting your admissions and recruitment processes.