Access to ACCIS: A sense of community baseline analysis for a growing and evolving membership association
Tavares, Joseph H.
Fundamental questions have been raised about how ACCIS, a membership organization for college counselors at independent schools, can be more inclusive for a growing and evolving membership. This mixed-methods study utilized McMillan and Chavis’s (1986) sense of community framework to explore inquiries relating to members' needs and on-boarding experiences. Recommendations to ACCIS leadership included: (i) mapping out the ideal trajectory for new members to ensure all have equitable access to basic information about ACCIS; (ii) reassessment of orientations (both virtual and in person) to ensure consistency in information-sharing and engagement optimization; and (iii) expansion of affinity group programming (i.e. for single office counselors, new directors, those inside and outside of metropolitan areas).