GPACAC supports college admission and counseling professionals through advocacy, education, and ethical practices with the goal of access for all students as they pursue post-secondary opportunities.
GPACAC strives to create an inclusive community of professionals who provide ethical guidance as we collectively support students as they realize their full potential.
In 1966, Great Plains was formed with Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. Texas formed its own affiliate (TACAC) in October of 1979. In the Spring of 1993, North Dakota and South Dakota formed their own affiliate, DACAC. GPACAC is now comprised of members and member institutions in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, as well as affiliate members who work with students in our tri-state region.
The AP committee educates the membership on the ethical issues and practices involved in college counseling, as supported through NACAC’s Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission .
The conference committee plans the Annual Conference held every April. The chairs are responsible for organizing committee members into sub-committees including: Registration, Hospitality + Outreach, Programming, Marketing + Communication, Social, On-Site, and Vendors + Exhibitors.
This committee develops an annual college fair calendar for 3 fairs in the member states (Overland Park, KS; Wichita, KS; and Tulsa, OK). Each site chair coordinates the local arrangements for the fair.
This committee is in charge of all publications and outreach of the association, including newsletters, brochures, conference programs, and social media. GPACAC publishes an electronic newsletter which features articles on organizational activities, professional development, and legislative concerns.
The GNC works closely with the Past-President, finding and representing a slate of officers to be approved at the annual conference. The committee also solicits nominations and selects yearly award recipients. It is an active committee for only a couple months of the year.
This committee leads the efforts of GPACAC in influencing public policy as well as keeping all members informed of issues concerning our educational system.
This committee promotes, advocates, and communicates on the issues of diversity, equity, and access, ensuring equal access to post-secondary education opportunities in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. This committee assists in planning inclusion and access workshops and professional development.
The membership committee helps expand and promote membership in our three states. In addition, they manage the database and keep an accurate record of the association’s membership.
The role of the professional development committee is to implement professional development programs and workshops for members and non-members. The professional development committee has three chairs, one person representing each state.
The scholarships and grants committee awards college scholarships to students and conference grants to counselors. Committee members will review scholarship applications in February and March, and grant applications as needed prior to regional and national conferences.
The technology committee updates the GPACAC website, creates online forms, and maintains the e-list. The role of the technology committee is to see that the image/identity of GPACAC reaches its entire constituency of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Rising Star Award – Awarded to a professional with no more than 5 years of experience who has made significant contributions to the organization, has demonstrated a commitment to professionalism, and shows GPACAC/NACAC leadership potential.
Distinguished Service Award – Awarded to an individual who has provided outstanding service to students, to the admission and counseling profession, and to the goals of the organization.
Burge Spirit Award – Awarded to a member whose enthusiasm and creativity have been an inspiration and contributes to the camaraderie of the association. This award originated in 2010 in honor of GPACAC Past-President David Burge.
GPACAC members, we encourage you to nominate a colleague for a GPACAC award. Nominations are reviewed annually by the Governance and Nominating Committee and award recipients are recognized at the GPACAC conference in April.
GPACAC leadership is made up of thirteen Executive Board members and a six-member Executive Leadership Team who are voted on by GPACAC members. To see the leadership directory for GPACAC, click below.
For general inquiries please contact Debbie Kremers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mailing Address is:
PO Box 9274
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201