Upcoming IECA Conferences:

May 10-13, 2017
Denver, CO

November 15-18, 2017
Washington, DC

IECA Statement on Executive Orders Impacting Students and Families


The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) opposes any policy or action that discriminates based on national origin or religion, or that infringes on the fundamental rights of students and families to pursue education. Two of US President Trump’s executive orders issued in the past ten days are in conflict with those values. One of these … Read more »

Appreciating Gail Meyer’s Service as She Leaves the Board

Ann Rossbach

by Ann Rossbach, IECA President (NJ) In the spirit of transparency and open communication, I am writing to relay some information regarding changes to the composition of IECA’s Board of Directors. This past month, after serious consideration and discussion, Gail Meyer tendered her resignation from the Board of Directors, and with deep regret, the Board … Read more »

The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success

Nancy Griesemer

A Conversation With Annie Reznik by Nancy Griesemer, IECA (Virginia) As the new Executive Director of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, Annie Reznik has a huge set of responsibilities and a never-ending list of projects related to ensuring a smooth launch of the 2016-17 Coalition application platform later this month. “Right now I … Read more »

Open Letter from IECA Leadership on ‘The Coalition’s’ New Application Process


by Gail Meyer, IECA President & Ann Rossbach, IECA President-elect The Independent Educational Consultants Association acknowledges that the landscape of college admissions is shifting and that initiatives that disrupt the status quo have the potential to produce positive change even while creating the increased anxiety that change brings. The stated mission of Coalition for Access and Affordability, … Read more »

Diversity and the Future of Independent Educational Consultants Reflected at STI

Mark Sklarow

by Mark H. Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association  As we close in on our 40th anniversary, there is much to celebrate but there’s no reason to avoid an undeniable truth: For most of those years, independent educational consultants have not represented the diversity of the U.S. population. Moreover, because their independent educational consultant practices … Read more »

Serving Students With Learning Disabilities


A Resource for All Independent Educational Consultant Specialties Prepared by the LD Awareness subcommittee of the IECA Learning Disability Committee IECA members have the option of pursuing a Learning Disability (LD) designation as a secondary specialty to the school, college, graduate, or therapeutic designations. The number of children who are diagnosed with a learning disability … Read more »

Parents Fear Gap Year as Detour Away From College. The Facts Say Otherwise.

Mark Sklarow

by Mark H. Sklarow, CEO, Independent Educational Consultants Association No one knows how many, but probably thousands of high school seniors raise the question of taking a year, before college, to do something else: travel, volunteer, explore. For many parents this instills fear. “Oh honey,” they implore, “that sounds lovely but I’m worried that you’ll … Read more »

The Eight-Year-Old Prospective College Student

Marcia Kramer

by Marcia Kramer, MA, IECA Member (NJ) Recently on a tour of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas I had to back up at the entrance to the library to let a group of about 25 children pass out the front doors. These children, probably 3rd or 4th graders, all wore the same red t-shirt … Read more »

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Considering a Summer Program

Katherine Dayton

by Katherine Dayton, Director, VISIONS Service Adventures There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a summer program for your child. There are sleep away camps, teen tours, international programs, and the list goes on. You can easily get lost in a sea of alluring catalogs promising life-changing summers. But it’s important … Read more »

The Redesigned SAT: New Math. Sunny Skies, or Ominous Clouds?

Judi Robinovitz

by Judi Robinovitz, M.S., IECA (FL) Having followed intimately for many decades the changes in SAT form and content, I am feeling rather ambivalent today about the new Common Core-inspired math questions that the College Board has released in their test overhaul preview. In my opinion, there are questions and solutions that fall beyond the … Read more »