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Essential Topics In Affordability for Admissions Directors
Mark Mitchell

Monday, April 28, 2014
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

ISACS Office
55 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Come hear from Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School and Student Services for NAIS as he shares the most current trends, challenges and resources for admissions offices.  Hot topics to discuss will include the landscape for merit aid in enrollment management and presenting enrollment and financial aid reports for the board and other key constituents.

Mark J. Mitchell is the vice president for School and Student Services By NAIS, where he oversees knowledge creation initiatives supporting more than 2,100 K-12 schools and other organizations through workshops, institutes, seminars, print and web-based resource material, blogs, and consultative guidance in the effective administration of financial aid programs.  Mark is a frequent presenter at local, state, regional, and national conferences on tuition pricing, affordability, demographic and income trends, as well school financial aid policy and practices.  He has authored several articles and book chapters on education financing and financial aid strategies in magazines and books. He earned his BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, where he served as assistant director of financial aid.  He also has worked as coordinator of new student financial aid at Lake Forest College and as an account executive for Access Group, Inc, a firm specializing in graduate student education financing.  He is an alum and trustee of Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey.

The workshop will take place at the new ISACS office conference room at 55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 701, Chicago, IL. 

The location is located in the heart of Chicago, with easy access to public transportation.
Click here for directions to the ISACS office. Parking is available at several area garages. If possible, we suggest you take public transportation.

Hotel Accommodations
ISACS has secured two options for your hotel accommodations needs - the Hotel Monaco or Club Quarters - both within walking distance to the ISACS office.  Below is information on the two options, select the one that best meets your needs.

Hotel Monaco: ISACS has secured a discount off the standard room rates at the Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL. The hotel is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. To view rates and reserve your room, please call 1-800-KIMPTON and request the ISACS rate. Click here to book your room online.  Rates and availability vary based on time of year.

The Monaco Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel is an award winning boutique hotel offering a stylish window onto the Windy City. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Join the Kimpton InTouch loyalty program and receive complimentary wireless internet access, personalized amenities and a whole lot more. For more details on the Monaco Chicago, visit

Click here for directions and parking information.


Club Quarters at Wacker and Michigan: The Independent Schools Association of the Central States is now a member of Club Quarters, full service business hotels for member organizations.  The entire ISACS community has access to low member rates at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan and 15 additional locations in the United States and London. Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan is located less than three blocks from the new ISACS office/conference room. When you stay at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan, you are just steps from the Magnificent Mile, famous for shopping, fine dining and museums, and Grant Park.  Member guests enjoy automatic Gold Status benefits including subsidized weekend and holiday rates from as low as $65/night, complimentary onsite benefits including WiFi, exercise facilities, chilled, purified bottled water and access to the Club Living Room with snacks and refreshments and Gold Rewards, the richest guest rewards program.

For additional information or to to make a reservation, please contact Member Services at 203.905.2100 anytime between Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. 10am-6pm (EST). Make sure to identify yourself as a member of ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States and provide them with the Group Code: Ind Schl Assoc Central Sta. Credit cards are required to book all room reservations.

While Club Quarters is getting ready to launch their new website sometime in the summer, we ask that if you wish to make a reservation online that you visit their website at and login with the ISACS Member Password: ISACS.

Click here for directions and parking information.

Registration Fee

  • $150 Member Fee
  • $200 Non-Member Fee 
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $20 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund. 
Questions? Please call 312-750-1190.


Member Cost: $150     Non-member Cost: $200


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