The education sector is still reeling from the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida. The events have provoked a significant increase in student activism across the country. Some students now face disciplinary action related to their activism. In our work, we must ask how these actions will affect college admission decisions. Many institutions made public statements on the issue to reassure students. Most claim, discipline stemming from peaceful, lawful activism will not affect admission decisions.

On this episode of Admissions Live, we sit down with Stefanie Niles, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Dickinson College and NACAC President-Elect. Joining us is Eric Hoover, a senior writer at the Chronicle for Higher Education. We’ll discuss this timely topic and how it impacts the future of college admission.


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Episode Host

Adam Castro

Adam Castro

Adam Castro currently serves as the Vice President of Admissions at Mercy College, a private, multi-campus, comprehensive college in New York. His portfolio includes the areas of college admissions, marketing, branding, and analytics, and the Student Services Support Center. Prior to arriving at Mercy, Adam spent nearly fifteen years at Bloomfield College, the last seven as Vice President for Enrollment Management overseeing admissions, marketing, and financial aid. Adam is an active member of numerous organizations including the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and NAFSA: Association for International Educators. He is also co-host of Admissions Live, a monthly professional development program on the Higher Ed Live network. A New Jersey resident, Adam received his master’s degree in Public Administration from Kean University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the Rutgers University School of Communication and Library Studies.


Stefanie Niles

Dr. Stefanie Niles is in her 21st year working in enrollment management, serving as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Dickinson College since July 2015. In her current role, she oversees the offices of admissions, financial aid and athletics. Prior to assuming her current position, Dr. Niles was the Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing at Hollins University, where she led the efforts of the offices of admission, financial aid, marketing and the Horizon program, a degree completion program for non-traditional students.

Dr. Niles is the president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).    She was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to participate in the 2017-2018 U.S.-France International Education Administrators Program. She completed the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in July 2016, and recently completed a five-year term on the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Doctorate Program Alumni Advisory Board, serving as chair in 2016-2017.

Dr. Niles earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia, a Master’s of Science in education from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.


Eric Hoover

Eric Hoover, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education, has been covering admissions and enrollment issues since 2001. He has written extensively about student recruitment, retention, standardized testing, and college access. Eric’s work also has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Monthly, and Nautilus. His journalism has been recognized by the Education Writers Association; most recently, he won a first-place award for beat reporting for his coverage of college admissions. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in the teaching of writing at the George Mason University.


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