DOJ INVESTIGATES NACAC FOR POSSIBLE ANTITRUST

Higher Ed Consultant

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division began an inquiry into the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Code of Ethics. The Statement of Principles of Good Practice: Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (SPGP) is followed by nearly 8000 members from colleges and universities. Among enrollment management professionals, the SPGP isn’t just a code of ethics. Instead, it’s a matrix upon which all of admissions operates, and there’s the rub. Is a system that’s arranged with as much pomp and circumstance as college admissions rigged to be anti-competitive? We can only speculate at this point and in a statement on the NACAC’s website, the Association says it is cooperating with DOJ investigators, but still “know(s) little about the scope and intent of the inquiry”. NACAC also said that members of the former Steering Committee on Admission Practices have requests from the DOJ to provide some records. For an interesting take, check out this piece by Eric Hoover at the Chronicle of Higher Education featuring one of my favorite Enrollment Management Bloggers Jon Boeckenstedt, associate vice president for enrollment management and marketing at DePaul University.