By now we assume you’ve heard the news about perhaps one of the biggest college admissions scandals in recent memory. Trust us when we say that we are shocked and upset at this news. We like to think that we are working within a system where everyone plays fair but it is clear that simply isn’t always the case. We work with students every year who apply to the schools that are implicated in this scandal. Some of them get in, some of them don’t. Either way they tried their best, without cheating.
So in light of this new situation, here are some things you should know about College Admissions Partners, how we function, and what we believe in.
We will never guarantee that your student will gain entry to a specific school. We will help you to the best of our ability and keep our fingers crossed with you, but we can’t and won’t make it happen for you. We don’t have secret tricks or back doors (or side doors for that matter) that guarantee admission. Anyone who says that they do, is not acting ethically.
We do guarantee to always act ethically on your behalf. That includes acting as your helpful advocate and offering guidance throughout your college application process. It doesn’t include taking standardized tests for you (trust me, you don’t want that anyway), completing classwork or extracurriculars for you, writing your essays, or any deceptive practices that try to game the admissions system by lying about your background or simply buying your way in.
We do guarantee that we take our professionalism and integrity seriously. We are both members in good standing with Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the two professional organizations that oversee educational consultants. We highly recommend that if you are trying to decide to work with an educational consultant, you take the time to ask them if they are a member of one of these organizations.
We’ve also attached IECA’s response below if you care to read more.
Our sincere hope is that bringing this situation to light will help end practices like this and continue to level the playing field in making college accessible and affordable for all.
Kelley and Todd
*IECA response to unethical behavior
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