Why Choose an Independent
Increasingly, families are turning to independent educational
consultants for help in choosing the college or university that offers the best
environment for their studentís academic, social and personal growth. A
consultant becomes the studentís advocate, providing assistance throughout the
admission process. Typically, the counseling relationship begins with an
evaluation. The consultant identifies the studentís academic strengths and
weaknesses, as well as learns about the studentís personality, interests and
dreams for the future. Then drawing upon years of professional experience, the
consultant works with the student to find a school that is an appropriate
Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
adhere to the following principles:*
The consultantís primary obligation is to represent each student accurately,
based upon a professional evaluation of the circumstances and requirements of
the family. However, the consulting relationship does not imply guarantee of
The consultant shall neither solicit nor accept compensation from any school,
college, or institution in exchange for placement.
The consultant shall respect the integrity of the consulting relationship, and
of all relevant information protecting the privacy of the family.
The consultant shall present to the family the most appropriate choices,
representing each one fairly. The consultant shall make clear the clientís
responsibilities in dealing with any schools, colleges, or institutions.
The consultant shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual
orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.
*From the IECA brochure
"Independent Educational Consultants: Advising Families on Educational Planning"