The news in the last 24 hours has been filled with reports and arrests of persons for abuses relating to college admissions. Fake credentials, bribes, and unfair influence have no place in the college admission process. This abhorrent behavior on the part of all parties involved is completely antithetical to our profession.
As Chair of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (www.aicep.org), I want to assure families that the vast majority of the admissions world operates in a fair and consistent way. College admissions officers make decisions each day that are ethical, holistic and fair-minded. The truth is that the vast majority of high school college counselors and Independent Educational Consultants (private college counselors) operate within clear ethical standards and work to find colleges that are a good fit for their students. These professionals focus on finding colleges where the student will not only be accepted, but will thrive and succeed.
This is a good time to increase awareness among parents of the importance of seeking a professional who holds the designation of Certified Educational Planner (CEP)™ to ensure they are engaging a highly qualified and experienced educational consultant. To be awarded this credential, the individual must meet substantial educational and experiential requirements and then pass a rigorous board-certifying assessment. To retain the credential, CEPs must continue to conduct evaluative campus visits and participate in ongoing professional development to meet recertification requirements every five years.
Parents looking for help from professionals who spend time on college campuses and strive to assure a match between the student and the college should seek a Certified Educational Planner. You can find a CEP in your area via our directory at aicep.org.
The college admissions process is complex and multifaceted. Parents should seek a professional who gets to know a student’s strengths and true interests and who also has a solid fund of knowledge about colleges. The CEP designation gives families the assurance they need that they are working with a qualified professional who is committed to maintaining the highest quality of service to clients.
Judith S. Bass