New UCLAxOpen series on college admissions explores testing, diversity, COVID-19 and key topics

Experts share their views on current college and university admissions practices

LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “In Conversation with…” is the UCLAxOpen seminar series focused on the changing landscape of college admissions. This inaugural program brings together influential industry professionals, thought leaders, a New York Times bestselling author, and other experts from Thursday June 16. Sessions are led by UCLA Extension instructors and seminars are offered free of charge.

Guest speakers will examine the landscape of university admissions and the impact of Covid-19 on parents, students and access to higher education. Topics include: careers, admissions requirements, assessment/testing, college and university options, financial aid, diversity and inclusion, online learning, COVID-related disruptions -19 and admission bias.

In conversation with” Features

June 16: Eric HooverSenior Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 30th: Adam IngersollFounder and Director, Compass Education
July 7: Michael VilardoPresident/Co-Founder, Subject, High School Curriculum Online Learning Provider
July 21: Jeffrey SelingoNew York Times bestselling author and journalist, “Who’s Coming in and Why: A Year of College Admissions”
July 28: dr. Angel B. PerezCEO, National Association of Admissions Counselors (NACAC)

“This new UCLAxOpen series features valuable insights from influential leaders in the world of college admissions. This series provides a roadmap for parents, prospective students, and those interested in counseling careers,” said jennifer mandel, program director at UCLA Extension. “UCLA Extension serves as a resource for higher education and college admissions professionals around the world. This program highlights the value of current knowledge, training, and best practices in this field, exactly the types of subjects that we teach online University Guidance Certificate.”

According to Statista, there were approximately 18.99 million students in the United States in 2020with 13.87 million students enrolled in public colleges and 5.12 million students enrolled in private colleges.

The “In Conversation with…” lecture series runs from June 16 to July 28 with sessions accessible via Zoom. Each session includes a Q&A session with guest speakers. Registration is required for the free sessions. Book a space here.

For more information about the College Counseling Online Certificate, contact [email protected]


UCLAxOpen offers free personal enrichment and professional development seminars each quarter. Webinars are designed to share timely and relevant learning opportunities in short, flexible formats. Learn more here.

About the UCLA Extension

Founded in 1917, UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the UCLA. UCLA Extension offers career-enhancing courses and certificates to more than 46,000 students locally and around the world. As an open enrollment program, UCLA Extension offers online and in-person courses in arts, business, management, education, engineering and digital technology, entertainment, public policy, healthcare, humanities and many other fields. UCLA extension courses and programs begin every term, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. To learn more, visit Summer term courses start on June 21, 2022. Register now.

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