SEM 2021 Session Highlight | Accessing Hidden Gems: Discovering Top Students in US Public Schools

September 7, 2021
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • SEM Conference
  • 2021 SEM Conference
Illustrated hand reaching for a red gem hidden in a crevasse.

2021 SEM Conference session hosts Lauren Sefton, Rhodes College, and Frank McClary, University of South Carolina, will discuss strategy and tactics in identifying top students for admissions and recruitment. 

Lauren Sefton and I look forward to presenting on Accessing Hidden Gems: Discovering Top Students in US Public Schools at the 2021 SEM conference in November. As many US colleges and universities continue to opt for test-optional admissions policies, we are delighted to present resources to help decision-makers when shaping their new freshmen class. With the number of Cambridge schools growing in the US, we’ll be sharing a new admissions toolkit to assist with identifying Cambridge high school students.

This session, Accessing Hidden Gems - Discovering Top Students in US Public Schools, is part of our 2021 SEM Conference theme on Institutional Equity. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped expose weaknesses—and strengths—of the systems we rely on in the modern world, including in the realm of education assessment. As a result, many U.S. colleges and universities have moved to test-optional admission requirements for the first time. They are looking for other indicators of rigor in the context of a transcript.

The number of Cambridge schools is growing in the U.S, especially in the public high school sector. Each is the academic home to diverse, well-prepared students. Join enrollment professionals from a flagship public university and a private liberal arts college to explore new opportunities of recruiting Cambridge students and their value to your campus.

Cambridge International offers the only program of study with credit by exam connected to a renowned higher education institution: the University of Cambridge. As a global organization with a 160-year history as part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Assessment International Education partners with schools and districts in over 11,000 schools in more than 160 countries worldwide, with a shared goal of making education transformation a reality. Cambridge offers a fully integrated and flexible K-12 educational system that aligns curriculum, pedagogy, and assessments as they believe that all students have potential. In addition, their programs challenge high performers and support students who are typically underrepresented in advanced coursework to prepare them for higher education. The result: students who demonstrate higher-order thinking skills needed for success in higher education - problem-solving, critical thinking, independent research, collaboration, and presenting arguments.

Have you registered for the 2021 SEM Conference yet? Register today to attend and collaborate with your peers in enrollment management.


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