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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 Responds to Recent College Admissions Scandal

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

Chair, AICEP

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