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Recent College Admissions Scandal

The news these past couple of weeks out of USC, UCLA, Yale, and other selective colleges regarding the falsification of testing scores, athletic recruitment, etc., in order to attain admission to select US colleges and universities, help to shed light on how challenging (and corrupt) the college placement process can be.

Recent articles, including a March 19, 2019 article Los Angeles Times piece authored by Matthew Ormseth and Richard Winton's No Soccer Experience, but She Still Got a Spot on Elite UCLA Team in College Admissions Scandal and a March 12, 2019 article in the Boston Herald entitled Admissions Consultants Warn of Red Flags where I was quoted, highlight a scandal that may be just the tip of the iceberg.

What to consider when considering an independent consultant?:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC who visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?
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