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Journal of College Admission, n214 p64-68 Win 2012

The role of the educational consultant in the college admission scene warrants discussion and analysis. Although several recent national and local ACAC meetings have included discussions of the role's parameters, the writing in professional journals is quite limited. Boothroyd, Chapman, and Kaufman (1987) presented the results of a survey about consultants, and recently Tyson (1988) provided observations about the consultant intertwined with thoughts about a single-application system. The popular press, in contrast, has covered the field with some regularity. In the context of expanding the professional dialogue, the author decided to write this article. He includes some personal reflections and general perceptions about educational consulting which may present the field in a different light.

Descriptors: College Admission, Consultants, Role Perception, Consultation Programs, Partnerships in Education, Educational Counseling, Educational Practices, Reflection, Professional Identity

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Author: Antonoff, Steven R.


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