Debbie was a home educator for 13 years. Always "hands on" education-wise, the college admissions journey with her oldest daughter sparked a desire to help others undertaking the same journey. Debbie's goal, through Pathways Educational Consulting, is to work with students, and their families, to help them find the best college/university match possible. Her daughters own pathways led them down more traditional routes to NC 4-year public universities. One graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Lloyd International Honors Program at UNC Greensboro. The other took a gap year and is now attending UNC Chapel Hill.
But, Debbie is also excited to help those who choose a different path than heading straight to a 4-year college. Through homeschooling, Debbie is no stranger to choosing alternative pathways. She is knowledgeable in the community college experience, whether the end goal be an AA or transfer to a 4-year college; post-high school travel abroad; and technical schools, such as programs for photography and massage therapy.
Working with the Orange County (NC) Special Olympics program, Debbie also has developed a knowledge of programs that serve those with intellectual and developmental needs in this area, from disability services within colleges to specialty programs such as Beyond Academics at UNC Greensboro.
Debbie is also honored to work with LGBTQ+ students. Her relationship with so many LGBTQ+ friends and family members has increased her awareness and understanding of the need for a great college match. She supports Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign.
Debbie is a 1991 University of Virginia graduate. At UVA, she earned a Bachelor's Degree, with a double major in Psychology and Anthropology. Debbie studied Couples and Family Therapy in the graduate program at Antioch University Seattle. She earned her Certificate in College Counseling, with distinction, from UCLA in 2015. Debbie is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC).
Debbie is thorough and incredibly knowledgeable, and works equally well with the college-bound and parents/guardians. And her warm, affable approach takes much of the pressure off of an otherwise stressful topic! ~Carolyn W, Chapel Hill
Why hire an Educational Consultant?
An Independent Educational Consultant's (IEC) goal is to help college-bound students evaluate and choose a college, university or program that is the best possible match for the student. IEC’s have an extensive knowledge of many schools and can provide the individual attention the student and his/her family need to make such an important decision. IEC’s understand the ins and outs of the admissions process, including deadlines, essays, testing and the applications themselves. IEC’s can reduce stress for the student and family and offer an objective voice during what can be an emotionally charged time.
Ensuring the best student to college match possible has many benefits. A great match can translate in to the best college experience—socially and professionally. A great match can save money because student finishes at one school. Changing schools can cause setbacks and increase the time spent in school to finish a degree (increased time in school equals increased spending of tuition, room and board and all the other expenses that go with college attendance). The student, at a well-matched school, can spend their time doing what they are there to do---earn a degree.
A 2011 study showed that there were 4,599 degree granting institution in the United States, of which 2,870 were 2-year programs, 2,870 were 4-year programs and 2,422 were less than 2-year programs. IEC’s spend time visiting these institutions.
A 2010-2011 study showed that the Student-to-School-Counselor Ratio to vary from 200:1 to 1,016:1 at public schools, with most schools being in the 300-500 range. North Carolina’s ratio averaged 375:1. The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of no more than 250:1. The US Average is 451:1, which is 11 times the average Independent Educational Counselor’s ratio. Utilizing an IEC is guaranteeing personal attention at its best.
The average cost of a 4-year public institution per year for the 2011-12 school year was $16,789 and the average cost for a 4-year private institution was $33,716. To graduate, a student will spend over $67,156 to earn a degree from a public institution and over $134,864 to earn a degree from a private institution. Money spent now ensuring a great fit, means money saved later.