- Rebecca Eckstein
Educational Consultant & Professional Certified Coach
Admission Network, LLC
Tampa Bay, FL
I coach students in the admission process by offering advice on testing, applications, essays, financial aid and scholarships.
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Rebecca Eckstein is an enrollment management expert who coaches executives and students to achieve career goals. She has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies/Computational Science from Hollins University and a Bachelor's Degree from Mary Baldwin College in Business Administration/Accounting. She is also a Professional Certified Coach (PPC) with ICF. In her 25 year career in education, she assisted thousands of students to obtain their affordable college degrees. She has worked at small liberal arts colleges, an all women’s college, more diverse Division I and Division II universities, tech universities, small religious colleges, large urban public university, and at the largest independent school in the continental U.S., and the top-ranked independent school in Atlanta. She works with graduate and undergraduate students.
She is published in educational journals on enrollment strategies and affordability. She has appeared on television in the U.S. and in India, and she speaks nationally on subjects related to education, motivation, success and team dynamics. In 2015, she led her team to win a Telly award for a creative educational video in education, and in 2016 and 2017 she served on the U.S. Presidential Scholarship Review Committee. She has also served on the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Committee, the "No Place for Hate," and she has been a Maggie Award Judge.
She has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean to attract and enroll the best students and help them achieve their goals. Admission Network continues with each student for academic and career coaching throughout college and beyond. She gives seminars and workshops for parents on affordable education, and to coach Division I athletes and first-generation students. Rebecca has two adult sons who completed their undergraduate degrees without debt, and she completed both of her degrees with grants. Her expertise is coaching because along the way she had many mentors who assisted her when she needed it most. Rebecca has memberships and affiliations with HECA, EMA, NAIS, NACAC, SACAC, ICF, CEC, and the College Board.
In July of 2017, she launched Admission Network, LLC, and Eckstein Executive Coaching Academy, a coaching and educational consulting firm for higher education, independent schools, and their families. She Educates Students and Empowers Executives; working virtually with students and families all over the US (TX, CA, FL, GA, VA, NC, CT, NY, MA) US Virgin Islands, Dubai and Jordan.
Admission Network, LLC
July 2017 - present
I assist students with their college search by giving them advice on testing, interviewing, and visiting colleges. I coach them with their career choice by administering career pathway assessments, and I coach them on issues relating to financial aid, scholarships and affordability. I work in Metro Atlanta and virtually everywhere.
Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Management
December 2013 - September 2017
I was responsible for the admission and enrollment management of the largest independent school in the Continental U.S. with 100 acres on 2 campuses, pre-k - graduation.
Vice President for Enrollment and Strategic Communications
Ohio Wesleyan University
July 2011 - December 2013
I was responsible for the Enrollment Management and recruiting of students at Ohio Wesleyan.
Dean of Admissions
July 2010 - July 2011
Recruited and enrolled students at Stetson University.
Financial Aid Director
January 1996 - July 2005
Responsible for awarding and administering financial aid and scholarships to enrolled students. Supervised office staff.
Mary Baldwin College
1991 - 1995
Business Management/Accounting/Computer Science
1996 - 2001
College is Not as Unaffordable as You Think
Christian Science Monitor
Eight Enrollment Strategies that Work
Eight Enrollment Strategies that Work
The International Admissions Bulletin
Certified Executive Coach
The Center for Executive Coaching
November 2017 - present
United States Presidential Scholarship Review Committee
March 2016 - April 2017
Select scholars for the President of the United States.
April 2015 - present
Judge published authors
Select Scholarship Recipients
Community Foundation for the Virgin Islands
February 2017 - April 2017
Select students for scholarship funds.
Rebecca Eckstein replied:
If the application does not specify a current teacher, certainly you can use a teacher that you had previously. Colleges and universities wish to get a feel for your character, aptitude, and grit. If your sophomore teacher has kept up with you and your successes, by all means, use them.
Larry Blumenstyk replied:
The Common Application, which we can look to as a guideline, offers up a menu of factors a teacher can “rank” right on their Teacher Recommendation form. The first three items are academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, and quality of writing.
While we always hope a teacher will write a glowing narrative letter and not use a checklist, the primary factors being evaluated are essentially the academic and intellectual potential of the candidate. So... I suggest you make this important choice on the basis of a thoughtful consideration of which teacher you engaged with intellectually. I enjoy exploring this topic with students because they frequently want to choose the teacher they liked most, but by prodding we learn the “why” behind that positivity. Maybe it’s the right reason. Maybe not.
If the best thoughtful choices include a teacher you had in your sophomore year, well then that might be the smart selection. However, don’t avoid the teacher who challenged you if your response was to rise to the challenge. The teacher noticed!
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