As the National Association for College Admission Counseling wrapped up its 2009 conference last weekend, it was time to reflect on this year’s major themes. Everyone remembers the buzz the NACAC created at last year’s conference when it issued a report questioning the use of the SAT and ACT in the college admissions process. More than 800 college and universities responded by making the standardized tests optional for applicants.

At the Baltimore conference, several of the trail blazers shared their experiences including Wake Forest University’s Martha Allman, Tufts University’s Robert J. Sternberg, and George Mason University’s Andrew Flagel. The consensus was that a revamped admissions process, which places less emphasis on standardized testing, brings generally positive results. You can read more about their experiences and their reflections at the NACAC conference in this article that appeared in Inside Higher Ed.