Implications for College Access & Success

September 14, 2023 - 9 AM - 3:30 PM - Arcadia University

Join us on September 14, 2023, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM for an exciting and informative event hosted by the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable entitled From COVID to SCOTUS: Implications for College Access & Success.

Join a diverse array of speakers and presenters offering unique perspectives on the pressing issues affecting college access, particularly the recent Supreme Court decision on race-based admissions.  There will also be opportunities to network with area college access organizations and admissions officers, hear an update on Better FAFSA and participate in afternoon workshops from Tuition Fit and NCAN.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration is now open, so reserve your spot for this enriching experience. The event is free of charge, but online registration is mandatory. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and professionals in the education community.

A Note: Exhibitor opportunities are available, allowing organizations to showcase their services and initiatives aligned with college access and readiness. If you would like to reserve a table, please contact Symposium Committee at

Thank you to Arcadia University for hosting us and making this event possible.  See you on September 14th!


Morning Session - 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

8:30 AM 

Arrival – Check in – Visit Exhibitors


9:00 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks


9:30 AM

Symposium Opening

The Symposium opening session speaker, Michaele Turnage Young will discuss the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision on college admissions from her vantage point as one who has represented students and alumni and argued that this  court should uphold settled law allowing universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.

Michaele Turnage Young, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

10:15 AM



10:30 AM

Plenary Session 

Plenary session panelists will discuss the effects of the last few years on college access and success for low income, first generation college students, in particular the Supreme Court’s decision on race-based admissions.  Each will speak from their perspective about the impact of the decision. Panelists will also share their views on what this decision and other external issues mean for college access professionals in our day-to-day lives.


Akil Bello, FairTest 

Ana S. del Puerto, UPenn Admission

Ameshia Cross, Ed Trust 


Shameek Robinson, College Advising Corp

12:00 PM


Ajay Nair, President

Arcadia University

Afternoon Session - 12:00 PM - 3:15 PM

12:20 PM


Better FAFSA Updates

PCPR Updates


1:15 PM

Postsecondary Resource Toolbox: OneGoal’s Postsecondary Readiness Rubrics

Bill DeBaun, National College Attainment Network and Andrew Schmitz, OneGoal

2:15 PM

Postsecondary Resource Toolbox: Tuition Fit

Mark Salisbury, Founder and CEO, Tuition Fit


Closing Session


Featured Speakers

Opening Symposium Speaker

Michaele Turnage Young

Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

The President’s Remark

Ajay Nair

President, Arcadia University


Note: Registrations received by September 8th are guaranteed access to breakfast and lunch.