The announcement came in early fall 2015 and took the college admissions world by storm. The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success launched a new application for select institutions. The move sparked intrigue and plenty of questions about its purpose and goals. To that end, higher ed leaders, school counselors, students, and parents had a vested interest in both how the application would be utilized and how it will perform in year one.

On this episode of Admissions Live, we will get an update on how the application is doing and hear feedback from member institutions, Rutgers University and University of Rochester, and a high volume high school. Plus, we’ll discuss recent announcements that could change the membership landscape.


Admissions Live is sponsored by mStoner, Inc.

Episode Host

Adam Castro

As Vice President for Enrollment Management, Adam Castro oversees the operations of the Offices of Admission, Marketing, and Student Financial Services. His areas of responsibility include development of recruitment, marketing, admission, and financial aid programs designed to recruit, admit and retain students at Bloomfield College. He has been at Bloomfield College since 2003. Adam is an active member of numerous organizations including the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the ACT New Jersey State Council, NAFSA: Association for International Educators, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey (AICUNJ).


Tani Castañeda

Tani Castañeda is director of recruitment and enrollment for Undergraduate Admissions at Rutgers University—New Brunswick. In this position, she oversees U.S. recruitment, international recruitment and campus programs for future students. She previously worked in enrollment and student services for Clark University, Boston College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Before entering the field of education administration, Ms. Castañeda served as a project director at a market research firm, designing multi-national market development initiatives for a variety of product and service organizations. She began her career as an executive recruiter. Ms. Castañeda is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education with an organizational leadership focus, and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Boston College, a Master’s degree in psychology (organizational behavior) from Brandeis University, and received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Wellesley College.


Jonathan Burdick

Dean Burdick is the Vice Provost for Enrollment Initiatives and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Rochester. He is the primary enrollment adviser to the University of Rochester’s President, Board, Provost and Deans on matters related to campus internationalization, inclusion, diversity and equity. He has transformed and grown the campus to one of the nation’s most complex and diverse private research universities, spending  many weeks each year abroad with a particularly successful focus on creating opportunities for undergraduate students coming to North America from Africa.

Jon has amassed more than 30 years of experience in higher education and modeled extensive and outspoken leadership within national and international organizations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), state and regional ACACs, the Council of International Schools, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), and NAFSA. He is currently serving simultaneously on the advisory board for TOEFL, the International Baccalaureate (IB) College and University Recruitment Committee, and as the Chair-Elect of the College Board Middle States Regional Council.


Jennifer Nuechterlein

Jennifer Nuechterlein is the College & Career Counselor at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, NJ. Jen recently entered her 12th year of college counseling, leading a comprehensive College & Career Center at a public high school with 3,100 students.  She provides in-depth college guidance to students and families, while planning and presenting all college programs to the school community. She studied Psychology and Communications at West Virginia University and School and Community counseling at Rider University.  She formerly worked as a community college transfer counselor and adjunct instructor in Psychology.  She has served on four counselor advisory boards, presented at several conferences and workshops, and visited over 250 college campuses.  She has held multiple roles on the NJACAC Executive Board and is currently a NACAC Assembly Delegate.  Jen lives in Hunterdon County, NJ with her husband and two daughters.