USC Annual Admissions Conference: Defining Merit

January 13, 2014

Annual conference on college admissions practices to be held Jan. 15-17

***Reporters are asked to RSVP to Merrill Balassone at or (213) 740-6156, or Emily Chung at or (213) 740-7401***

WHAT: Nearly 200 college admission deans, higher education scholars, state and federal policymakers and school leaders will gather to discuss how a university’s mission should guide the consideration of an applicant’s accomplishments beyond SAT scores and high school grades.

Conference topics will include:

• Mission and Merit: The Broad Institutional View

• Translating the Mission in Student Selection

• Transforming the Dialogue on Merit: A Framework and Strategies for Defining and Defending What You Decide

WHO: The nation’s top experts in college admissions, including:

Timothy Brunold, USC Dean of Admission

• Nancy Cantor, Incoming Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

• Arthur Coleman, Managing Partner, Education Counsel

• Donald Heller, Dean, College of Education, Michigan State University

Georgia Nugent, Senior Fellow, Council of Independent Colleges; Former President, Kenyon College

Janet Rapelye, Dean of Admission, Princeton University

•  Stuart Schmill, Dean of Admissions, MIT

• Richard Shaw, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Stanford University

WHEN: Jan. 15-17. For a conference overview, go to

WHERE: The LA Hotel Downtown, 333 South Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice hosts the annual conference. Executive Director Jerome A. Lucido has played a leading role at the national level in initiatives to improve college and university access for low-income and underrepresented students and to design and execute effective and principled college admission and enrollment management practices. Lucido previously held senior enrollment positions at USC, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Arizona.

About the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice: The Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP) at the University of Southern California analyzes enrollment issues through the critical perspectives of social science researchers, policymakers, and college and university practitioners. The creation of the center is rooted in the belief that college admission, student financial aid, and degree completion processes must become better informed, more expertly practiced, and more equitable.