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IECA's educational Webinar Series will focus on the issues affectingIndependent Educational Consultants and allied admission professionals. IECA's monthly webinars will provide professional development covering admission issues in college, secondary school, and therapeutic placements, as well as learning disabilities and broad adolescent issues including depression, anxiety, and more.

Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of Independent Educational Consultants and we believe many school-based counselors will find the topics equally compelling, as well as admission representatives, school administrators, and program and private therapists. The presenters are chosen for their expertise and experience as online instructors. Webinars will be offered live on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST, 9:00 a.m. PST. All sessions will last one hour, including a question and answer segment with the presenter. In addition, IECA will archive all webinars, which will then be available for one year. Those who register for the live broadcast, or for an archived segment, will be able to view the presentation up to three times over the course of the year. For more details, check our webinar FAQs.

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2016 Webinars

October 11: “Test Optional” with Strings Attached

Fair Test now lists more than 850 test optional schools.  As independent educational consultants, how do we advise students to submit scores or not? Do we ask them to prep for the SAT and ACT and invest both time and money because we feel that they will be hurt in the admissions process if they don't provide any score at all? It has become apparent that “test optional” no longer always means that non-submitters will be treated equally in the admissions process to those who submit scores. Colleges have jumped on the “test optional” bandwagon at once declaring that scores don't define an applicant, at the same time adding caveats to those who don't supply those scores. Test optional colleges can exclude students from merit scholarships, ask students for numerous additional admissions essays, or require students to provide scores upon admission. One liberal arts college, for example, gives an automatic score of 20 on the ACT for any student who doesn't provide their own score. This webinar will highlight examples of “test optional” colleges that penalize students for not submitting scores, require additional essays, or evaluate students using different measures and explore strategies for advising students. 
Learning Objectives:
1) Understand the historical context of the use of admissions exams in colleges
2) Understand the differences between test-free colleges, test-flexible, test-optional colleges, and post-admission test requirements.
3) Using case examples, learn how institutions evaluate applicants differently for admissions and scholarships (for example, Temple University, Lake Forest College, University of Delaware, Mount Holyoke, Smith, DePaul, Wake Forest, and others)
4) Gain strategies for advising students on submitting scores, or even taking tests.

Elizabeth Stone, IECA (CA)
Elizabeth is the executive director of Campanile College Counseling, Inc., a comprehensive educational consulting program serving students across the U.S. and internationally. Campanile works with students of all ages and abilities, and their parents, with a focus on school counseling and college admission.  She holds a PhD in Special Education from U.C. Berkeley and taught in the U.C. Berkeley Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning. She received the IECA Foundation’s Irving Katz Memorial Award for community service in 2011.  She has published widely on higher education and is the author of “The Better College Essay: Fitting in and Standing Out” (Wintergreen Orchard House, 2014).

November 8: What an Honor! A Look Inside Public University Honors Colleges and Programs As An Option for High-Achieving Students

When guiding high-achieving students through the college search process, many IECs focus on highly-selective private institutions. We often forget about an option that can be more financially feasible for some families, and a better fit socially for many students: public university honors colleges and programs. Join us for this webinar to learn about the benefits of these programs and discover what type of student is best served by public university honors colleges and programs. We'll learn about the application process, timelines, and what factors are considered in the applicant review.


Kristina Dooley, IECA (OH)
Kristina is the founder of Estrela Consulting, LLC. She has worked as an IEC for eight years, having previously served as the assistant director of admission at Hiram College (OH) and as director of admission and marketing at Andrews Osborne Academy (OH). Kristina has had the opportunity to work with international and expatriate students throughout Latin America having lived in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. From her Hudson, OH office, Kristina works with students throughout the U.S. and abroad seeking colleges and traditional boarding schools. Kristina earned a B.A. in Communication and Sociology from Hiram College, and an M.A. in Public Relations Management/Journalism and Mass Communication from Kent State University. She is the chair of the IECA Outreach Committee, serves on the Business Practices and Nominating Committees, and is an IECA Mentor. She is a member of NACAC, the International ACAC, the Ohio ACAC and SBSA. Kristina is on the IECA Summer Training Institute East Coast Faculty and teaches in the UC Irvine Independent Educational Consulting certificate program.

Hannah LeGris
Hannah is the admissions and Singletary Scholars coordinator of the University of Kentucky, recruits prospective Honors students, advises and coordinates programming for Singletary Scholars, oversees the Honors Program Ambassadors team, and manages the communication for Honors. Hannah has a BA in English from the College of Wooster and a MA in English from The University of Kentucky. She has a background in teaching creative writing, most recently with the Young Women Writers Project at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning and in conjunction with the SwallowTale Project, a creative writing program for incarcerated women. Before beginning with Honors, Hannah was a recruiter for Undergraduate Admissions at UK.

December 13: Perfect Placement—How The Enrollment Management Association Can Make Your Job Easier

Lauren Von Euw, The Enrollment Management Association (formerly known as SSATB) director of membership, will provide attendees with updates on the latest research published in EMA’s recent Special Reports, training on their Member Access Portal tools (including advisor access and using The Standard Application Online), and more insight into how EMA can serve you and your families.

Lauren Von Euw
As director of membership, Lauren works to ensure member satisfaction and to strategize about ways to expand the size and reach of The Enrollment Management Association (EMA). She delivers information and services to members and creates programs designed to increase membership and retain current members. Lauren’s focus also intersects with their professional development program to ensure that their offerings are member focused and accessible. Before she joined EMA in 2006, Lauren worked in promotional management for The Paper Mill Playhouse. She has a BA in theatre from Rowan University and also holds a certification in membership management from the American Society for Association Executives.

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