Shannon Gundy, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Maryland, College Park, served on a panel that I chaired, exploring school counselor/consultant relations.
noted that in preparation for her
asked members of her
staff how often they "heard from or worked with" an educational consultant.
Their answer: about once a month.
That led Shannon
to conclude that the University of Maryland
doesn't really have much of a relationship with educational consultants and gets relatively few students applying to the state's flagship school.
Of course recent independent studies would suggest otherwise.
The Lipman Hearne study, aided by the National Research Center for College and University Admissions
, showed that 26% of high achieving students-exactly the kind that would explore admission to the University of Maryland-used educational consultants.
Yet educational consultants have worked so hard to keep their existence in the background that we may have led to the impression that we are of little consequence, hiding our significance (and growing numbers), and suggesting to colleges that we are an unimportant constituency.
In reality, for many colleges we are their greatest source for out-of-region students.
wondered why we didn't make our numbers better known.
I will be given the opportunity to moderate a session that includes two IECA members (Emily Snyder of Virginia and Shelley Levine of Maryland); a public and a private school counselor; and Shannon Gundy, director of undergraduate admissions at University of Maryland.