Controversies in College Admissions: Access, Honesty, Equity and Excellence Symposium

We look forward to a national discussion about access, honesty, equity, and excellence in admissions practices. Join us Friday, March 27, 2020, for this one-day symposium hosted by the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Enjoy collaborating in Howard L. Hawks Hall, a premiere facility located at 14th and Vine on the university's City Campus.

Hawks Hall
Hawks Hall reception
Hawks Hall lecture hall

Conference Summary

College Admissions processes and measures have continued to attract considerable attention through the media. Issues arise when the public questions the ethics and honesty of admission decisions and who is accepted. It is critical to ensure access, honesty, and equity in the process, while continuing to achieve excellence in our future classes. With admissions policies in the national spotlight, colleges must consider and evaluate their current admissions goals and practices, but where should they start?

At this research-based symposium, our goal is to bring together experts from across the country to explore potential new models for college admissions, including standardized tests, the value of increasing student diversity, and the role financial aid could play in optimizing admissions goals. Nine national speakers will look at recent trends and explore potential new models for college admissions. We believe these topics will spark important conversations. Come be a part of the discussion.


The Controversies in College Admissions registration fees are listed below, which include lunch and refreshments during breaks. You will find an option for in-person attendance or an online webcast.

Registration Fees: In-Person

Regular Registration March 15, 2020 $155 $55 $50
Late Registration March 16-25, 2020 $165 $65 $50

Continuing Education Credits:
The Buros Center for Testing is approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education credits. The 6 APA CE and NASP CPD credit hours are only available for in-person registrants.

Registration Fees: Webcast

Regular Registration March 15, 2020 $125
Late Registration March 16-25, 2020 $150

A webcast link for the live presentations will be sent 1-2 weeks prior to the conference. A separate link can be sent once it gets posted to the video library for viewing after the conference. This may be a good option for a class or group.

Cancellation and Refunds:

Requests for refunds received by March 13, 2020 will be honored, minus $40 for administrative fees. No refunds will be offered after March 13, 2020, but you may request a live webcast link. For questions, contact Zoe McManaman, or 402-472-6203.


Two airports serve the eastern Nebraska region–the Lincoln Municipal Airport(LNK) and Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA). Eppley Airfield is located in Omaha, Neb and is approximately an hour’s drive to downtown Lincoln.

Shuttle Service:
The Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket hotel will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from Lincoln Municipal Airport. To arrange hotel shuttle service, please call 402-904-4800.

For those flying into Omaha Eppley Airfield, OMALiNK offers convenient, safe and reliable high-quality ground transportation Visit for more information about scheduling shuttle service from Omaha Eppley Airfield to the Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket hotels in downtown Lincoln, Neb.

Directions to the Hotel:

From I-80: Head northeast on I-80, take exit 401A for US Highway-34/I-180 toward 9th Street and Downtown, merge onto I-180 South/US Highway 34, turn right onto R street. The destination will be on the right.

From Highway 77N:Head north on US Highway 77 North/Homestead Expressway, exit onto Rosa Parks Way, turn right onto S 9th Street, turn right onto J Street and turn right at the 1st cross street onto South 8th Street. The destination will be on the right.

From Highway 77S: Head southeast on US Highway 77 South/Homestead Expressway, turn left onto W Pioneers Blvd, turn left onto Nebraska Highway 2 west, keep right to continue on South 10th street, turn left onto Q street, turn left onto Q street, turn right onto North 8th street. The destination will be on the right.

panoramic photo of hotel and surrounding area at sunset


The Courtyard by Marriott

The Courtyard Marriott Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket Hotel is conveniently located between downtown Lincoln, Nebraska and the Historic Haymarket District. Enjoy numerous boutiques, restaurants and galleries surrounding the hotel, or visit the bustling city center. The Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket Hotel provides easy access to many of the city's most popular attractions. Situated adjacent to the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Historic Haymarket District, The Pinnacle Bank Arena and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, this hotel is an ideal destination to stay.

Self-parking for hotel guests is available for $16 a day or valet for $17 a day.

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

A block of rooms at the Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket are available for $127 on a first-come, first-serve basis. CLICK HERE to book your room at the group rate.