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November 5 – 8, 2014
Orlando, Florida

May 6 - 9, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland


Navigating Conferences with an Introverted Personality

Mark Sklarow

by Mark Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association With the Summer Training Institute coming up next week, and next month’s IECA Fall Conference registration (as well as the NACAC, TABS, NATSAP and USPC gatherings all on the horizon) it’s good to recognize that while some individuals feel nothing but joy and excitement about the upcoming … Read more »

What’s Happening to our State Universities?

Jeff Levy

by Jeff Levy, IECA Professional Member (CA) Some years ago when my older daughter began her college search and I realized with a panic that I knew nothing about college admission, I was thrilled with my discovery that an expensive private liberal arts college could cost less than UC Berkeley or UCLA in our home state. … Read more »

NACAC Commission Makes Its Recommendation on Commissioned Agents; Here’s Where I Stand

Mark Sklarow

by Mark Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association For several years I have helped lead the effort to educate the public, admission professionals, and others about the inherent ethical dilemmas caused by the use of commissioned agents by schools and colleges seeking international applicants. Yesterday, Inside Higher Ed obtained a draft version of the NACAC Commission’s … Read more »

Definition of ‘Independent Educational Consultant’ Has Little to do With How They Are Paid

Mark Sklarow

by Mark H. Skarow, Chief Executive Officer, IECA If asked for a job description of a school counselor, chances are the list would include academic and college advising, class placements, crisis intervention, and the like. I would never expect the answer to necessitate details about how the counselor is paid: whether that is from tax … Read more »

The Tyranny of the Lists

by Lisa Ransdell, Ph.D., IECA Professional Member (Colorado) Apparently lists are irresistible to readers. Just this morning I myself chose to read online about the ten best value used cars and the ten best brands of vanilla ice cream. In realms where I have limited knowledge and interest I am pulled in by these titles; … Read more »

Making the Most of the Summer of 2013: Tips for Soon-to-be College Freshmen and their Parents

Sue Luse

by Sue Luse, M.A., CEP, IECA Professional Member (Minnesota) High school graduations are upon us, the endless tasks and deadlines involved in helping our clients apply to colleges are behind us, and our students have received their acceptance, wait-list, or rejection letters and decided where to attend in the fall. In my 25-plus years of … Read more »

Defeating Anxiety in the College Application Process

Jason Lum

by Jason Lum, IECA Member (Minnesota) With yet another application season behind us, it’s important to reflect upon what is happening around the country. In working with students around the nation as an independent educational consultant (IEC), I continue to find sky-high anxiety afflicting many families when applying to colleges. Much of this is driven … Read more »

The Hidden Work That We Do

Emily Snyder

by Emily Snyder, Professional Member, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Virginia) With the media always focused on the high price of college consulting, I became reflective in a meeting this week where I was asked by Shirley Levin, a professional IECA colleague of mine who practices in Maryland, to talk with her and IECA’s CEO, Mark Sklarow, … Read more »

College Reality Check Tool

Larry Blumenstyk

by Larry Blumenstyk, J.D., IECA (New Jersey) The Chronicle of Higher Education has released its initial publicly available version of its College Reality Check tool. Although I never tried to use the College Scorecard released by the White House, I have now used College Reality Check and would like to share my experience. Like many … Read more »

Language-Based Learning Disabilities and Academic Proficiency

Patricia Newhall

by Patricia W. Newhall M.A., M.S.Ed., Associate Director of the Landmark School Outreach Program  Language-based learning disability (LBLD) refers to a spectrum of difficulties related to the understanding and use of spoken and written language. LBLD is a common cause of students’ academic struggles because weak language skills impede comprehension and communication, which are the … Read more »

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