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College admissions have never been more competitive or more complicated than today, due in large part to the growing population of college students; by 2012, the number of college-aged students will grow by $5 million. To combat increased competition, students and parents need to be fully engaged in the application process, as well as fully informed on the many intricacies of the admissions process. An experienced TCPN counselor can answer any college admissions questions you have
- Test Preparation
Test preparation is a highly competitive field today, no longer simply a choice between Kaplan or The Princeton Review. TCPN test preparation advisors will help you determine the right test preparation program for your needs, budget, and time constraints. Additionally, they will help you determine which tests to take and at what time in the college planning process.
Whether you child is eyeing a full athletic scholarship or interested in a school with an intramural sports program, a TCPN college athletic expert can help you. Our athletic consultants are former athletic recruiters and coaches who know the ins and outs of planning for college level athletics and selecting the right schools - the ones that may be able to provide a student athlete with a financial package.
Joan Koven's Services
Joan Koven's Biography
Joan Koven, founder and director of Academic Access, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College and her certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. She holds a diplôme from La Varenne Ecole de La Cuisine in Paris. Joan has spent most of her professional life as a manager, leader, marketing, and promotion executive. She worked for Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel and Conran's as a store manager for over 10 years managing, hiring, and motivating a team of over 75 employees. Her most recent career of 14 years involved developing, coordinating, researching and executing marketing programs for Johnson and Johnson, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare, Quaker Oats, General Mills, and over 150 consumer packaged goods companies. Joan brings her talents to Academic Access in many ways. Her strength in pulling together a team of dynamic associates complements her expertise in organizing, marketing, and preparing students for a successful "Plan of Action" for college admissions. Her analytical and research skills ease the way for the student's entry into uncovering the colleges that are the "right fit" for each student. Joan has lived the university life as an academic spouse for over 25 years at Harvard University, University of California Berkeley, Villanova University and now Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her academic family has given her first hand access to working with students and their specific needs. She has lived in London, Paris, New York, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. She is a member of National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling (PACAC), a member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and Higher Education Consultants Association ( HECA). Joan attends College Board Forums annually and has completed the IECA Principles and Practices Institute. She has met and interviewed admissions professionals and students on campus at over three hundred colleges and universities throughout North America. She devotes over twenty percent of her time to visiting college campuses.