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Avasara Academy

We have no words to express how grateful we are for all of the mentoring and support provided by The Red Pen. The education space is a new and daunting one for us but we now feel safer and supported after having gone through the training session with your team. The amount of time and effort that The Red Pen team has dedicated to training us is unbelievable. The generosity in sharing expertise and resources with us is extremely touching and we feel more confident in being able to guide our students through this process with The Red Pen by our side.

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  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 that 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?