College Consulting Philosophy Statement
- As an Independent Counselor member, I uphold NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
- I understand my role as a consultant is to guide people in their educational pursuits using the best learning approach possible.
- I will provide honest feedback in the form of positive praise and/or constructive suggestions to clients I serve in a manner beneficial to their overall learning and understanding of admissions practices and the world of higher education.
- I will not guarantee admissions to any specific college, university, or program, nor will I write a client's personal statement or application for them.
- I will provide accurate admissions information about colleges and programs, and guide students toward other resources if I do not know the answer.
- I understand the ultimate goal is to assist people in discovering how they best learn. I will accomplish this by helping each person develop the skills needed to achieve their best educational or writing outcome.
- I will keep current in undergraduate and graduate admissions practices, writing practices, creative writing trends, and overall learning methodologies. I will do this by visiting college campuses, talking with specific programs, reflecting on admissions news, and critically reading admissions books while maintaining my dedication to the pedagogy of writing/English.
- I will demonstrate faith in each student's learning abilities understanding my primary goal is helping them discover and develop skills needed to reach their desired educational outcomes.
- I will respect and be sensitive to students’ cultural background and personal value system; keeping in mind their personal dignity.
- I recognize I will not have answers to every question asked. Therefore, I will seek assistance in finding answers to clients' questions and/or directing the student to “how” and “where” appropriate resources are for the information needed.
- I will maintain accurate records of client sessions and keep information about all clients I work with confidential unless they grant me permission to share some or part of their story.
- I will remain flexible to my approach to learning, respectful of the various learning styles and preferences.
- I will not pursue or accept incentives or compensation from any college, university, or institution in exchange for placement or referrals.
- I will maintain up-to-date free resources on higher education admissions in an effort to create a broader understanding of admissions and higher education for all.
Influences for this philosophy statement include The National Tutoring Association's Code of Ethics, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Statement of Principles of Good Practice.