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May 6 - 9, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

November 4 - 7, 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona

Essays, Demonstrated Interest Up, Recommendation Letters Down, as IECA Reports on What Colleges are Looking for in Class of 2014 Grads

Mark Sklarow

by Mark Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association Last week we announced, through a special webinar, the results of our latest research into the skills, characteristics, and criteria colleges look for in evaluating applicants. This ranking showed greater changes than any time in the past 15 years. At the same time, we released a new … Read more »

NACAC Eases Restrictions on Commissioned Agents. Now The Hard Part Begins.

Mark Sklarow

by Mark Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association I have served the last two years on the NACAC Commission charged with examining the long-standing, but often ignored, prohibition against compensation on a per-head basis for referring students. It was a relief to see the issue voted upon last week, and to hear the kudos given to … Read more »

Preparing Students for a New Era of Admission Testing

Jed Applerouth

by Jed Applerouth, Founder, Applerouth Tutoring Services Epic changes are transforming the landscape of college admissions testing. The proverbial king (the SAT) has lost his crown, ambitious new players are entering the fray, time-honored testing constructs are being abandoned and the Common Core State Standards are poised to redefine our very definitions of student success. … Read more »

Who Needs Face-to-Face in a Digital Era?

Mark Sklarow

by Mark H. Sklarow, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Educational Consultants Association LinkedIn, GoToMeetings, Twitter, webinars, Facebook, discussion boards, videos. You know the list and it goes on and on. There are so many ways to educate yourself and so many ways to connect, an obvious question might be: why do we still hold in-person conferences? … Read more »

Schools Must Help International Students Adjust

Marina Lee

by Marina Lee, Ed.M., IECA (Massachusetts) It is all too easy to forget how many aspects of American life seem peculiar for the newcomer. Nestled nicely in the society we know well, with the ease of riding the Metro, the T, or SEPTA, knowing exactly what is held on the shelves of CVS and what … Read more »

Finding the Proper Placement for Troubled Teens is Crucial to Success


Below is a press release IECA posted this morning FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2013 Finding the Proper Placement for Troubled Teens is Crucial to Success IECA Stresses the Need for Individualized Attention and Placement  Fairfax, VA – Earlier today, the New York Times published an article on the dangers of therapeutic programs (Students Recall … Read more »

IECA’s Summer Training Institute Faculty: Ready to Teach AND LEARN

Marilyn Emerson

by Marilyn Emerson, M.S.W., CEP (NY) President, Independent Educational Consultants Association I’m excited to be back on the beautiful campus at Swarthmore College. I’m excited about the changes that I made to the workshop that I will be teaching. I’m excited about meeting the IECA Summer Training Institute (STI) Class of 2013 because I know … Read more »

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 »