Welcome to The Education Conservancy!
Welcome to The Education Conservancy! Established in March, 2004, The Education Conservancy (EC) is a non-profit organization committed to improving college admission processes for students, colleges and high schools. By harnessing the research, ideas, leadership and imagination of thoughtful educators, EC delivers appropriate advice, advocacy and services. In a short period of time EC has established its presence and enlisted significant interest and support nationwide.

Recent developments include:
  • Contributed to the new documentary, The Test & The Art of Thinking: https://www.thetestdoc.org/
  • Developed a one page flyer, GPA vs SAT, based on data presented in Crossing the Finish Line
  • “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions” A collaborative effort with the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Project. Description and report can be accessed here.
  • "Presidential Thinking" An investigation into the thinking behind financial aid policy, based on interviews with college presidents. The full report can be accessed here.
  • "Conceiving an Exemplary Admissions System" A report on a meeting of scholars and institutional leaders to envision an exemplary admission system. The full report can be accessed here.
  • "Information Matters" Research investigates the college planning needs of prospective college students and makes a case for improving the quality and delivery of guidence and information. Executive summary and full report available here.
New Projects and Developments:
  • Grants received from: Spencer Foundation, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, RSF Social Finance
  • "Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions" A collaborative initiative with Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common project.
  • Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. EC is advising on the development of a new set of online application tools that reflect EC values and research.
We invite you to explore and make use of College Unranked; developments; our guiding values; our expanding resources for students, parents and counselors; and the list of those supporting the EC. We welcome your membership, comments and the opportunity to send you updates via our email list.

For more information, contact us directly.

Lloyd Thacker
EC Executive Director

805 SW Broadway, Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97205
Phone 503.334.5246
New Resources
The Test & The Art of Thinking, a documentary about the SAT/ACT by Canobie Films: https://www.thetestdoc.org/

GPA vs SAT, a one page flyer conveying data presented in Crossing the Finish Line about relative predictive value among various cohorts

"High Stakes College Admissions" Working with EC, Dan Rather Reports produced this compelling documentary

"Information Matters: Addressing the Needs of Prospective College Students" Research project Executive Summary, Full Report

"College Admissions: What Are Students Learning?" - Pilot research about the impact of the college admissions process on students' attitudes and behaviors.

"You Can Go" Website for inspiring students facing significant hurdles to attending college

"Big Future" Comprehensive College Planning website.

"Find the Best Colleges for You" College planning guide for students

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Ending the College Admissions Frenzy
published by Harvard University Press

Consulting and
Public Speaking

Please contact us directly for booking information.

For Use by All
We Admit...Guidance From Those Who Do - a popular and useful poster among colleges and high schools.

EC Overview - a brief synopsis of our mission, strategy, accomplishments and current projects.

EC's Collegiate Contributors - a comprehensive list of those who have supported our projects and organization.