I had been waiting to do a post until I let all of the feelings of disappointment from the college admissions scandal settle. I love what I do and am proud to be part of the IEC community. It really saddened me to learn that Mr Singer had taken advantage of “fear” for his own greedy gain. Do the parents have responsibility in this mess – yes, I believe so. However, I do understand that their fear and love for their children led to these horrible decisions. I meet with parents regularly who are so fearful of the competitiveness of college admissions today and I can tell you, the anxiety is high and VERY real.
So, all this said, I feel the best way I can help amongst all the confusion and fear, besides being “your” choice as a guidance professional in the coming years, is to provide “what to look for in an IEC”.
What to look for in a legitimate IEC (Independent Educational Consultant):
– “Active” member of a professional organization (NACAC, SACAC, IECA, etc)
– Attends continuing education courses and special regional learning events
– Does a min of 6 college campus visits each year w/administration (boots on the ground)
– Has a contract/agreement that states that all collected fees are towards services rendered
-Agreement should also state that the IEC cannot guarantee admissions to any college nor can they guarantee success in any institution
– Hourly rates are in writing and should range between $80-$350 per hour depending on the experience level of the IEC and the type of services the student needs
Finally, let me assure you, I have never and will never give or take funds for admissions favors. An excellent IEC will have a high admit rate, based on experience and formulas that they have developed over time.
I look forward to the 2019-20 admissions cycle and to the “scandal” news going away so that we can all move forward together doing what we love —>guiding students to their perfect “fit” next step.