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Posts Tagged ‘IECA members’

College Reality Check Tool

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 »

Parents and Pom-Poms

by Susan A. Eschenroeder, M.Ed., IECA Associate Member (Virginia) ‘Tis the season for College Nights! At a recent event for juniors and their parents, I joined admissions officers from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, and William & Mary, who shared their wisdom and expertise about the college search and college visit; the essay; and … Read more »

The New Common Application Prompts: New Opportunities to Shine

by Sandra M. Moore, M.A., Associate Member, IECA (NY) As a former college admission director and a writer, I particularly enjoy working with my students as they conceptualize, create and revise (again and again and again) their college essays. Learning about students through their writing was always the favorite part of my folder-reading duties in my … Read more »

All I Ever Needed to Know About Independent Educational Consultants, I Learned in Charleston

by Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association  Last week, IECA held its first-ever Winter Retreat for Professional Members. Focused on business issues, the Retreat attracted 45 participants. While attendees learned about legal issues with an incredible presentation by Art Beck, as well as sessions on expansion, marketing, and more, I discovered that the … Read more »

Winter Retreat Kicks Off in Charleston, SC Today

by Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, IECA From Charleston, South Carolina Forty-six professional members of IECA are gathering today in Charleston, South Carolina for our first-ever Winter Retreat. Just days from now we’ll be hosting a college & LD program tour in Los Angeles as well as a co-sponsored (with NATSAP) Link ‘n Learn program allowing therapeutic … Read more »

An Inaugural Winter Retreat for Experienced IECA Members

by Mark H. Sklarow, Executive Director, IECA Ever since our successful Summer Training Institute was moved to a summer, campus-based program, there have been calls from the membership to offer a program suited to the needs of more experienced independent educational consultants. And now IECA is pleased to introduce such a program. Open to all … Read more »

NACAC Clarifies Daily Pennsylvanian Article Quote

by David Hawkins, Director of Public Policy and Research, National Association for College Admission Counseling “Independent consultants are an important part of our membership and of the educational environment of college admission counseling.” I have said that to just about every reporter who has ever asked, including cub reporters from student newspapers at prestigious universities … Read more »

Reflections on the Atlanta Conference

by Karen Mabie, M.Ed., NCSP, CEP, IECA Professional Member (Illinois) As I return home from another IECA conference, I am exhausted, overwhelmed, grateful, and revitalized at the same time. I have been going to IECA conferences for a few years now; I always have to force myself out of my office and away from obligations, knowing I will learn … Read more »

Beyond the Headlines: Learning from the 2.2 Million Dollar Lawsuit

by Alexis Brooke Redding, Ed.M., IECA Professional Member (Massachusetts) Headlines about a family suing a private college counselor for 2.2 million dollars flooded higher education publications and mainstream media over the past few weeks. They also flooded my in box! Knowing that I have spent the past 2-1/2 years studying the ethics of independent educational … Read more »

IECA: More than 1,000 Strong. Why Size Does Matter.

by Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, IECA In the last few weeks the Independent Educational Consultants Association‘s total active membership passed the 1,000 mark. Such significant growth in the last several years is more remarkable when two additional data points are added. First is IECA’s tough vetting process: even as the field has quickly grown, IECA … Read more »