In A Student of Colleges: Fundamentals of Independent Educational Consulting, Steve Antonoff has identified the range and breadth of knowledge that a competent IEC needs to master. This text should have a prominent spot on every IEC s bookshelf. The content introduces a beginner to our profession, yet suggests possible new ideas for the seasoned professional. Steve is the master statesman of independent educational consulting. His commitment to constantly improving our standards and ethics shines through each page of this book. I know I will reference the wisdom contained in these pages for years to come. Thank you, Steve, for what must have been nothing short of a labor of love. --Joe Bernard, MAEd; Certified Educational Planner; Past President, Higher Education Consultants Association; Academic Directions, Portland, OR
No one has made greater contributions to the field of independent educational consulting than Dr. Antonoff. This book, like the author, is a gift to our profession. --Ethan Sawyer, Founder, CollegeEssayGuy.com, Los Angeles, CA
In A Student of Colleges: Fundamentals of Independent Educational Consulting, Dr. Antonoff provides a master class in the field of independent educational consulting. Drawing on years of experience counseling students and families and instructing new independent educational consultants, he weaves together personal insights, industry best practices, and compelling stories of life as an IEC. An acknowledged authority in the field, Antonoff is respected for his scholarship, teaching acumen, and willingness to mentor and guide young IECs entering this growing profession. Over decades, he has investigated the many aspects of what it means to operate as an independent consultant and how to serve families, balance competing interests, and maintain integrity, humanity, and ethical standards. His new book is well researched, accessible, deeply informed, and a must-read for aspiring IECs or anyone seeking to understand the fundamentals of this profession. --Jed Applerouth, PhD; Founder, Applerouth Tutoring Services, Atlanta, GA
About the Author
For over 35 years, Steven R. Antonoff has built his knowledge of colleges and universities. As an independent educational consultant, Dr. Antonoff has worked with more than 3,500 students and has visited (and revisited) hundreds of colleges. He has also played a key role in shaping the profession of independent educational consulting, developing certification standards, and creating and teaching a curriculum for the field. Dr. Antonoff is the author of two popular and long-standing college planning books: College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You and The College Finder: Choosing the School That s Right for You. College Match has been published for over 28 years and is now in its fourteenth edition. College Finder, now in its fourth edition, is published by Wintergreen Orchard House. Since 1993, College Finder has been a go-to source for helping students and college counselors build college lists. Barron s Profiles of American Colleges has included Dr. Antonoff s article, Know Yourself, for almost 20 years. A popular speaker and webinar presenter, Dr. Antonoff has covered a wide range of topics. Session titles include: The Best Resources for the Independent Educational Consultant, Ranking the Academic Quality of Colleges, Parents and College Planning, Solving the College Admission Puzzle, College Shopping: Getting in and Fitting in, The World Is Flat and Only Ivy League Colleges Are Good: Myth, Reality and Wisdom in College Planning, College Admission Separating Fact from Fiction, Lifelong Learning Opportunities, The High-Maintenance Parent, A Career in Independent Educational Consulting, and College Planning: De-stressing or Distressing? . Dr. Antonoff is an instructor and member of the advisory board for the certificate program in independent educational consulting through the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He previously taught educational consulting courses through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) college counseling program. His former students are independent educational consultants and college counselors, practicing both nationally and abroad. Dr. Antonoff also chaired the first five-year evaluation of the UCI certificate program. Dr. Antonoff is the founding chair of the commission on credentialing of the American Institute for Certified Educational Planners (AICEP). The commission grants the CEP designation to those who demonstrate advanced consulting skills and pass a board-certified assessment. Instrumental in the founding of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute, Dr. Antonoff has served on the faculty for nearly two decades. He is past chair of the board of trustees of the IECA Foundation, the charitable arm of the professional consulting association. Previous positions in IECA include president, board of directors; nominating committee chair; long-range planning committee; and strategic planning committee. In addition, Dr. Antonoff chaired the search committee to hire the association s chief executive. He is also an active member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). Dr. Antonoff was the first recipient of the IECA Professional Achievement Award, presented annually to recognize the person who has made the most significant contribution to developing the profession of Independent Educational Consulting. Before becoming an independent educational consultant, Dr. Antonoff spent 11 years in college administration, serving as dean of admissions and financial aid, executive director of admissions and student affairs, and dean of students at the University of Denver.