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ACT Enrollment Management Summit

July 18 - 20, 2018 | Join Us in Denver!

The ACT Enrollment Planners Conference is now the
ACT Enrollment Management Summit

For 33 years, ACT has convened the Enrollment Planners Conference, a one of-a-kind professional development and networking event.

Building on this experience, and recognizing that the role of enrollment managers is changing and now more challenging than ever, we are relaunching this conference as the ACT Enrollment Management Summit to better address the professional development needs of enrollment managers.

We hope you’ll join us in Denver—the Mile High City—for our inaugural ACT Enrollment Management Summit.

Registration is Open  |  Registration Fee: $425

Join Us in Denver!

Each year attendees tell us they gain new ways to improve their enrollment, retention, and student success programs.

Thursday Evening Social Activity

Enjoy a two-hour tour of Denver’s famous microbreweries, distilleries, and pubs, all while riding on the unique Pedal Hopper. This European bicycle cart holds up to 16 people, plus the driver, and cruises at an average speed of 5­-8 mph. The tour will include a stop at four locations. Food and beverages ordered at venues are not included in the cost for the tour. (Pre-registration required; extra cost).

For more information about the Enrollment Management Summit, please contact Shirley Antolik at or 412.491.2611

The 2018 ACT Enrollment Management Summit fee includes continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch, reception, and all conference materials.

Registration fee: $425

Cancellation Policy

Please note that canceled registrations will be refunded in full if notification is received by Shirley Antolik no later than Thursday, July 5, 2018.  Cancellations received after this date are subject to the full event fee: Your institution is responsible for payment, even if you do not attend.  This cancellation policy reflects unrecoverable expenses such as meeting materials, food and beverages, which are ordered for you and cannot be refunded.

Registrations may be transferrable.  To request a registration substitution or to cancel your registration please contact Shirley Antolik at or call 412-491-2611. 

Please note: Check refunds may take 6–8 weeks to process while credit card refunds take approximately one week.

July 18

8:00 a.m–4:30 p.m.   Conference Registration
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  Pre-Conference Session -  ACT Enrollment Management Professional Certification Workshop (pre-registration required). This interactive three-hour workshop, designed for both new and experienced admissions and enrollment professionals, will provide an overview of the entire suite of recruitment, placement, and retention products—including research services and reports—from ACT. Attendees who complete the workshop will receive a credential as a Certified ACT Enrollment Management Professional. There is no fee to attend the pre¬conference certification workshop, but pre-registration is required.
1:00–2:00 p.m.  

Opening Welcome and Keynote Address - Bracing for Enrollment Headwinds: Current Student Trends and What You Can Do about Them

Ricardo Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse

Despite the popular perception that college “isn’t worth it anymore,” enrollment rates for recent high school graduates have never been higher. Unfortunately, the current K–12 pipeline foretells the potential for large declines in the number of graduates over the next 15 years. Strong labor markets and record-low unemployment rates are keeping more adult learners out of college as well, portending continuing enrollment challenges for institutions on all fronts. The latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center helps to unpack these trends by region, fields of study, and more, offering key insights into how to map a more secure path for your institution’s future.

2:15–3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:30–4:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions
5:00–6:30 p.m.  Welcome Reception


July 19

7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast 
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Plenary Session - ACT “ED” Talks

Stephen Payne, Assistant Director of Federal Relations, NASFAA
Topic: Early FAFSA? Check. Now what?

Demarée Michelau, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, WICHE
Topic: Look Who’s Knocking

Mike ReillyExecutive Director, AACRAO
Topic: Confessions of a Political Junkie: The View from Washington, DC

Dave Clayton, Senior VP, Consumer Insights, Strada Education Network
Topic: Are You Talking With Them - Or About Them?

9:45–10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:00–1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote - Strong Start to Finish: Transforming Education to Better Serve ALL Students

Jeremy Anderson, President Education Commission of the States

There’s growing momentum in higher education to better serve all students, regardless of their academic preparation, income level, age or race. Strong Start to Finish aims to significantly increase the number and proportion of low-income students, students of color, and returning adults who succeed in college math and English and enter a program of study in their first year of college.

1:45–2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00–4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
6:00-8:00 p.m.   Thursday Evening Activity (pre-registration required; extra cost). Enjoy a two-hour tour of Denver’s famous microbreweries, distilleries, and pubs, all while riding on the unique Pedal Hopper. This European bicycle cart holds up to 16 people, plus the driver, and cruises at an average speed of 5­-8 mph. The tour will include a stop at four locations. Food and beverages ordered at venues are not included in the cost for the tour.


July 20 

7:00–11:30 a.m.  Conference Registration
7:00–8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
8:00–9:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions 
9:15–10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 
10:30–11:30 a.m.   

Closing Keynote - Panel Discussion: The College Admission Process: Confessions from High School Counselors!

Terri Tchorzynski, Professional School Counselor, 2017 National High School Counselor of the Year – Michigan

Kat Pastor, School Counselor/Student Council Advisor, 2016 National High School Counselor of the Year – Arizona

Cory Notestine, Counseling Services Facilitator, 2015 National High School Counselor of the Year – Colorado

A unique view into the college search and application process from the “other side of the desk.” National High School Counselors of the Year provide an insightful and good-humored panel presentation.



ACT has reserved a limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Denver for our conference guests. Please make your reservation as early as possible.

Hyatt Regency Denver
650 15th Street
Denver, CO  80202

Make a hotel reservation:

Request the “ACT Group Rate” of $229 per night, plus applicable taxes.

Hotel Rate Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018; thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space-available basis.



For your convenience, Hyatt Regency Denver offers both valet and self-parking options based upon availability.

Underground, covered self-parking is located off of 14th and Welton Streets. The parking office for vehicle departure is adjacent to the parking elevators on the lobby floor.

Parking fees:

  • Self-parking: $35 for 5+ hours and overnight per night until 12:30 p.m. on departure day
  • Valet parking: $45 for 8+ hours and overnight per night until 12:30 p.m. on departure day
  • Late checkout fees for vehicles parked past 12:30 p.m. on scheduled departure day may apply



Hyatt Regency Denver is located in the central business district of downtown, within walking distance of many corporate offices and attractions. There are several modes of transportation for getting around the area.

  • 16th Street Shuttle: runs throughout the central business and entertainment district of downtown Denver
  • Light Rail Service / RTD: stops at most corners in the city, including Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Pepsi Center/Six Flags / Elitch Gardens
  • Union Station: Lower Downtown (LODO) / Coors Field / 16th Street Mall; cost is $1.75 to $4.00 each way

Denver Airport Rail: Travelers can now use A Line, the new rail service from Denver International Airport to LoDo's (lower downtown) Union Station and back, courtesy of Regional Transportation District (RTD). The Denver airport rail has six stops along the way and takes approximately 37 minutes.


Hotel Information / Attractions

  • Guest rooms amenities include: WiFi, LCD TV, in-room safe, electronic door lock, coffee maker
  • Complimentary WiFi in lobby
  • Concierge
  • Health Club, indoor lap pool, outdoor whirlpool and sun deck
  • Spa Universaire


Restaurants and Bars

  • Altitude Restaurant: upscale three-meal comfort food 
  • Peaks Lounge: inviting rooftop cocktail lounge 
  • Strata Bar: high energy lobby level bar 
  • Perks Coffee & More Store: 24-hour drinks, snacks and more


Local Attractions

Keynote Speakers

Ricardo Torres

Ricardo Torres
President and CEO,
National Student Clearinghouse

Ricardo Torres joined the National Student Clearinghouse as its President and CEO in 2008. Under his leadership the Clearinghouse has continued to successfully extend its mission delivery of access driven service to education, which today comprises nearly 3,700 higher education institutions and over 13,000 high schools, school districts, and 43 states and thousands of outreach organizations, executing over 1.3 billion transactions annually, saving the education community over $850 million a year.

In addition, the Clearinghouse has evolved its non-profit mission execution to the education community by providing accessible innovative technology-based service and data exchange solutions that enable education institutions and organizations to focus on being engines that maximize human potential development. The Clearinghouse is a leader in advocating privacy, security, transparency and responsible use of data to provide better understanding of student educational pathway performance to the benefit of  students, institutions, and policymakers. 

Mr. Torres has been an active board member of the John Tyler Community College Foundation for the past 17 years and serves on the Boards of the National College Access Network (NCAN), and the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy. He also sat on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) from 2012 to 2016. He was a founding member and sits on the Executive Committee of the Groningen Declaration Network Group, a multi-national group of leaders dedicated to developing a trusted international data exchange ecosystem. In 2017, Mr. Torres was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the Mid-Atlantic region. He was a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s 2013 Minority Business Leader Award. Mr. Torres holds an MBA in International Finance from Georgetown University and undergraduate degrees in both Marketing and Management from Manhattan College. 

Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson
Education Commission of the States

Jeremy Anderson is the president of Education Commission of the States, a national education policy organization that serves as a partner to state policymakers. In his role, Anderson works with all state education leaders, from governors to chief state school officers – from both political parties – to provide unbiased information, personalized support and opportunities for collaboration. Anderson is committed to helping states create informed education policy and better education systems for students, from early learning through postsecondary and the workforce.

Jeremy is in airports more than the office, traveling frequently to visit with Education Commission of the States Commissioners and deliver key note presentations around the country. Prior to joining the organization in 2012, Jeremy built a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., with many governors and legislators in states and with education policy organizations around the country. Some of his accomplishments include providing strategic leadership on education policy design and implementation through projects with the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Conference of State Legislators, and many other national policy organizations. Jeremy has served in multiple policy and governmental affairs roles for governors on state and national education initiatives and was directly involved in brokering the bipartisan passage of the largest K-12 funding investment in Kansas history to avert a shutdown of Kansas schools.

Jeremy’s passion for education runs deep; he was raised by two amazing teachers in Kansas and his wife is an early learning teacher in Colorado where they currently reside with their three children.

Terri Tchorzynski

Terri Tchorzynski
Professional School Counselor,
2017 National High School Counselor of the Year – Michigan

Terri Tchorzynski is a Professional School Counselor at the Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) in Battle Creek, Michigan, and has been recognized in a White House Ceremony by former First Lady Michelle Obama as the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) 2017 National School Counselor of the Year. Through a data-driven, comprehensive, and student-centered approach to school counseling, Terri and her team have received both state and national recognition. Behind Terri’s leadership, the CACC’s counseling department has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) for exemplary practices incollege/career readiness, and was the second school in the state of Michigan to receive the nationally recognized achievement of being a Recognized ASCA Model Program. Terri has alsobeen recognized as a Top Presenter for MDE’s Career and Technical Education Conference, an Honorary Counselor by the Michigan School Counselor Association, as well as being named the 2016 Michigan School Counselor of the Year.

To further advance her advocacy and leadership experiences, Terri also dedicates her time participating in both state and national governing boards. She currently holds the position of Chair-Elect for ACT State Board Organization, is an active member on the Michigan School Counselor Association Governing Board, and has participated in various committees and advisory boards through ASCA and College Board.

Terri started her career in education as a high school English teacher after obtaining her degree from Central Michigan University. She often draws on those experiences in the classroom to improve her practices as a school counselor when working with students, parents, teachers andadministrators. Terri earned her Masters in School Counseling degree from Spring ArborUniversity and is in her 8th year as a school counselor at the CACC. Aside from the data-driven, comprehensive approach to school counseling, she attributes many of her successes as a school counselor to the relationships she builds with her students. Terri truly believes that building a trusting relationship with students is at the core of helping students find their success in life.

In her spare time, Terri loves spending time with her husband and two boys and enjoys workingout, attending sporting events and spending as much time in the sun and beach that Michigan weather will allow.

Kat Pastor

Kat Pastor
School Counselor/Student Council Advisor, 2016 National High School Counselor of the Year – Arizona

Katherine Pastor is the American School Counselor’s Association 2016 National School Counselor of the Year. Katherine began serving as the Flagstaff High School (FHS) Counseling Department Chair in the 2008-2009 school year and was recognized as the 2010 Arizona School Counselor of the Year. Through a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program, Katherine and her team have received both state and national recognition. She served the Arizona School Counselors Association (AzSCA) as a board member from 2007 to 2017.  Her roles with AzSCA included the vice president for Secondary Counselors in 2008-2011 and conference director from 2012-2017. Before coming to FHS, Katherine worked at Northern Arizona University as a Financial Aid Counselor and Coordinator of Student Employment, and in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Athletic Department.

Katherine joined the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) board of directors in 2017 and is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University’s College of Education where she teaches the next generation of school counselors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Education in Student Affairs and School Counseling from Northern Arizona University. Through the Arizona College Access Network, Katherine has become an Arizona College Access Professional (CAP). The Arizona CAP designation involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications. Katherine recently got married, she and her husband enjoy hiking various locations in northern Arizona, and mastering their culinary skills in the kitchen. Katherine is also an avid college sports fanatic.

Cory Notestine

Cory Notestine
Counseling Services Facilitator, 2015 National High School Counselor of the Year – Colorado

Cory Notestine is the Counseling Services Facilitator for Colorado Springs School District 11 (CSSD11) in which he supports the professional development of secondary school counselors, provides guidance for transitional programming, aids in the creation of comprehensive school counseling programs, oversees K-12 Social Emotional Learning and coordinates district-wide crisis responsive

Prior to his role with CSSD11, Cory Notestine served 7 years as a school counselor in both urban and rural settings in North Carolina and Colorado.  Through collaborative efforts and cooperative leadership, he’s developed two Recognized ASCA Model Programs that have led to increased student outcomes. 

His work with students has been honored by the North Carolina School Counselor Association, and the Colorado School Counselor Association, as Secondary School Counselor of the Years in 2011 and 2013. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) along with the White House recognized him as the 2015 National School Counselor of the Year. 

Cory also provides instruction and supervision as an Adjunct Instructor in the Counseling and Human Services Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and has received degrees from the University of Kentucky in Psychology and from Gonzaga University where he completed his Masters in School Counseling. Cory is the Past President of Colorado School Counselor Association and serves on the ASCA governing board of directors. His passion for creating systemic change and counselor advocacy continues to drive his work in the profession of school counseling. 

ACT "ED" Talks Presenters

Stephen Payne

Stephen Payne
Assistant Director of Federal Relations, NASFAA


Stephen Payne is the Assistant Director of Federal Relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) where he works primarily on the Association’s congressional advocacy and policy priorities. Stephen joined NASFAA in June 2015, and he is a graduate of Penn State University where he studied education policy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), the nation’s oldest and largest coalition of education associations.

Demi Michelau

Demarée K. Michelau
Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, WICHE


Demarée K. Michelau is the Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). In this role, she manages WICHE’s Policy Analysis and Research unit and oversees externally-funded projects related to projections of high school graduates, closing postsecondary attainment gaps, and the development of a multistate longitudinal data exchange. She is the co-author of Knocking at the College Door and has expertise in higher education issues, including adult learners, articulation and transfer, equity and attainment, accelerated learning options, college affordability, and K-16 reform. Previously, she held positions with the National Conference of State Legislatures and with former Colorado Congressman David Skaggs. Michelau received her bachelor's degree in public law from Northern Illinois University and her master's degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Mike Reilly

Mike Reilly
Executive Director, AACRAO


Mike Reilly serves as the Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Prior to coming to AACRAO he served as the Executive Director for the Council of Presidents, an association of the six public baccalaureate degree granting institutions in the state of Washington.  He has 25 years of experience in university administration, admissions and enrollment management, including having been the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at both Central Washington University and Humboldt State University.  He recently served on the American Council on Education Board of Directors and is currently on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation and the College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative Advisory Council. He is a frequent writer and speaker on public policy matters impacting higher education.

Dave Clayton

Dave Clayton
Senior VP, Consumer Insights,
Strada Education Network

Dave Clayton leads the consumer insights research of Strada Education NetworkSM. To empower education consumers’ voices, the research explores the higher education and work experiences of American adults ages 18-65. Understanding the motivations, educational pathways and individual outcomes is central in Strada’s work to support Completion With a Purpose®.

Through this research with adults, alumni, current students and employers, Strada has built the largest database of education consumer insights to date.

With expertise in psychology, market research and branding, Clayton has broad and deep experience bridging research to action. After leading the nonprofit and public affairs market research team with Harris Interactive, he spent over a decade immersed in social impact marketing and nonprofit branding in the areas of education, financial inclusion, health and sustainable development. These opportunities allowed him to work with a full range of organizations — from global, national, regional and local nonprofits and foundations to membership associations to global businesses. That background provides him with a unique lens on all the levers that can be activated to strengthen individuals, communities and society.

Clayton earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. He was an assistant clinical professor and licensed psychologist in BYU's university counseling and career center.