We have filled a clear void in the college visit process, by providing high school students and their parents with direct access to college students who will help them to get all their questions answered by the time they leave campus.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 04, 2012
CollegeBound Coaching LLC (http://www.collegeboundcoaching.com), a pioneer in the field of student life coaching which helps middle and high school students with college preparation and admissions, has introduced an innovative service called Campus Connections, designed to personalize the college visit experience through a fast-growing network of college students who are trained to work directly with high school students and their families across the country.
Harvard classmates Phil Sloan and Steve Maislin have launched Campus Connections (http://www.campusconnections.us) at the Spring Conference of the Independent Educational Consultants (http://www.IECAonline.org) held this week in Boston. IECA is the nation’s leading professional organization for independent educational consultants working in private practice. For 35 years, IECA has helped its members serve families in educational decisions that include colleges, local day and boarding schools, schools or programs for students with learning or behavioral needs, international placements, summer opportunities, and graduate and professional schools.
“As we began helping high school students with the high competitive college admissions process,” Sloan explained, “and started sending families to visit schools under consideration, we became more and more aware of how little they were learning from the traditional process of attending the group campus tours and information sessions conducted by the Admissions offices themselves. After two or three visits, students were complaining that the tour guides sounded the same, and the parents were disappointed that there were few opportunities to ask their more specific questions in a group setting.”
“Recognizing that both transfer rates and tuition costs are rising higher than ever, and that so many parents are spending even more money for lost credits when their children find themselves unhappy with their college selections, we decided to focus our time and energy upon enhancing the college visit process as a means of helping families to make better-informed decision,” Sloan continued. “We quickly realized that college students themselves are the best source of information about their own campuses.”
Sloan began by leveraging his local contacts in the Boston area to interest college students in joining his fast-growing network of Campus Connections. In just several months, Campus Connections has grown to include more than 150 college students at more than 100 campuses across the country. “We expect to be on more than 500 campuses by September, “Sloan said. “College students are joining Campus Connections because we are providing part-time, on-campus jobs.”
Campus Connections are trained to work closely with each family to understand what they are most interested in learning about, and to then schedule meetings for them during their college visit with other members of their campus community who can answer their specific questions about those areas of particular interest. “We encourage families to attend official college tours and information sessions conducted by the Admissions Offices, and to personalize their on-campus visits through Campus Connections,” Sloan said.
“We have filled a clear void in the college visit process, “Sloan concluded, “by providing high school students and their parents with direct access to college students who will help them to get all their questions answered by the time they leave campus. Our Campus Connections are trained to continue helping our clients to get answers to their most compelling questions even following their visit so that they can make the best possible decision as to which schools to attend from those to which they are accepted.”
CollegeBound Coaching is a Massachusetts-based LLC dedicated to helping teenagers and their parents through the college preparation and admissions process through highly qualified, certified professional partners in a wide range of related areas who work closely with a fast-growing network of highly motivated, well-trained college students, called Campus Coaches and Campus Connections, to navigate through the increasingly competitive, increasingly costly world of sending children to college.