Current Research

Please visit this page for information about current research being undertaken or recently completed by the association.

Taskforce on Independent Educational Consultants (IECs) Executive Summary

In January 2014, the Executive Board of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) convened a special Taskforce on Independent Educational Consultants (IECs). The WACAC Board convened this taskforce in response to several recent and significant developments related to IECs who are also WACAC members. Our working group consisted of school-based counselors, college admission officers, and IECs. Our goal was to survey all 1700+ WACAC members to learn their opinions about the role WACAC should, or should not, play in specifically supporting our IEC members

The Taskforce findings and recommendations to the board were presented at the WACAC Annual Conference June 2014. The Executive Summary of our work is presented here.

Making Sense of College Soccer Recruiting

In this recording of a Zoom webinar, Jennifer “JT” Thomas presents on student athletes and the college process. As a former college soccer coach at CAL and current college counselor, JT will provide insights into the recruiting process for all divisions of college soccer. JT’s experience as a college soccer player, commentator for the Women’s Professional Soccer league, high school athletic director, high school counselor, and current competitive soccer coach gives her a unique perspective on both sides of the student athlete college search. Hosts include Erik Ellefsen of Valley Christian HS, Bill Bufton of Valor Christian HS, and Steve Bluford of St. Ignatius College Prep.