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People of Action: 380% Increase in Certified Educational Planner Applications

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

People of Action:  380% Increase in Certified Educational Planner Applications

For those of us who are college-focused independent educational consultants (IECs), we walk with families as they navigate the college admissions process, through all the fears, hopes, triumphs, and failures that are experienced along the way. Our students and families bring challenges to us and we are in the business of helping them find solutions. We are not people who say, “Oh well. That’s too bad.” in response to an obstacle faced by those we serve. We are the type of professionals (and people) who figure out what can be done and offer guidance. We are people of action!

When the admissions scandal broke, we could have focused on the negative. We could have hunkered down and laid low. We could have held our breath and waited for the storm to pass. But we didn’t. We hurt, we wondered, and we railed against the injustice of the system—but not for long. We are people of action! 

What could we do in response to the scandal? That was the big question. The answer was right in front of us. Educate consultants and the public about the Certified Educational Planner (CEP) designation and get to work. CEPs from across the country stepped up and wrote letters to the editor, appeared on television and radio shows, communicated with students and families, and personally reached out to IECs to talk about the solution to the admissions scandal that has been here all along. 

Our actions can’t always be quantified. We pour our hearts into our work and sense we’ve made a difference or rely on anecdotal data to confirm we’re getting the job done. The results of actions we took after the scandal are the same in many ways. However, the AICEP Commission is happy to report we can quantify the results of our actions in one very meaningful way. We have experienced a 380% increase in CEP applications in March and April of this year compared to those two months in 2018!  Yes. You read that right.Three-hundred-and-eighty-percent-increase. Well done! We are people of action!

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about the CEP Assessment, please join Drs. Steven Antonoff and Rachel Sobel on June 5, 2019, at 1:00 pm EDT for a webinar designed to help you create a concrete plan to sit for the assessment with confidence. They will reveal the questions asked and give sample responses in the institutional knowledge section which will allow you to focus on the best ways to prepare.  

For more information and to register for this event, please visit https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dyXakMrfRfixCWKsI-pO9A




AICEP Provides Legislative Outreach Tool

Friday, April 05, 2019

In the aftermath of the “Varsity Blues” admission scandal, legislative action has come quickly. A bill has been proposed to the California State Legislature that includes a state registry provision for independent educational consultants and the formation of a “stake holder” task force. Representative Donna Shalala (D, Florida) has submitted H.R. 2006, the College Equity Act, which focuses on equity in college admission practices. It is important that independent educational consultants (IECs) are included in this national dialogue.

AICEP encourages all affiliated IECs and school counselors to reach out to their legislators with information about the standards and ethics that our professional organizations require of their members. As a profession, we do much to regulate our own adherence to ethical standards and practices, but the only entity that provides a verification of knowledge and consulting skill is the AICEP and its' certification assessment.

If you are a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), we are providing a tool for you to reach out to your own legislators.  Educating the public and our lawmakers about the growing number of CEPs, and the importance of certification that includes emphasis on continued professional development and re-certification every 5 years, will help focus attention on a process that has been in place for 20 years! Please refer to our legislator letter template for sample language.

We also encourage all experienced independent consultants and school counselors to consider certification at this critical time for our profession. There’s never been a better time to join the list of board-certified educational planners who are committed to the highest standards of our profession.


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