About Educational Success Concepts

ESC provides educational institutions the tools and training to help their students in the successful transition to, retention in, and graduation from college, and supports the educational initiatives of Senate Bill One. Three areas for consideration in this process are the student’s perceptions, personality, and stress management. Perceptions, the initial step of self-understanding, play a major role in determining how closely the first year student’s ideas and expectations about college match with the reality of college. Misperceptions require transition adjustments and the more adjustments the student must make, the higher the student’s level of stress the higher the probability of drop out during the first year. Misperceptions and stress can lead to lower academics and college retention rates. ESC provides tools for understanding student perceptions, personality and stressors and for gaining quantitative data for retention progress. ESC has been designated an Approved Continuing Education Provider by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Resource development is led by Lee Kem, a university professor with a Ph.D. in educational psychology (with a concentration in counselor education and supervision) and an Education Specialist Degree in Counseling. She has taught and advised undergraduate and graduate students for 10+ years, established and directed a large advising center, possesses first-hand knowledge of the transitional adjustment problems of incoming students, and the “essentials” they must know and apply to be successful in the critical first year of college. Dr. Kem is the Director of a graduate program in Human Development and Leadership; has presented and conducted workshops at multiple national and international conferences; and has authored numerous articles on advising, transition and student success issues. For 10+ years Dr. Kem has been a regular presenter at National Academic and Advising Association national and regional conferences. She has conducted extensive research related to perceptions, personality and stress and is the developer of the 4L Approach© Program, the ESC Master Advisor Certification Program©, the ESC Faculty Advisor Program and three online assessments related to perceptions and stress. She is a National Certified Counselor; a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors; has 15+ years in private practice as a counselor specializing in perceptions, stress, depression, anger, violence, suicide, pre-marital counseling and family relationships.


CLICK HERE       Online Assessments for High School Students (Perceptions, Personality, and Stress)

CLICK HERE       ESC 4L Approach© Program for High School Student Successful Transition to College


CLICK HERE       You may be educationally qualified to use numerous online assessments — leverage your education and other certifications.

CLICK HERE       To view a list and descriptions of ESC and Breckenridge Institute online instruments.

CLICK HERE       To take a free test drive of ESC and Breckenridge Institute online instruments.

CLICK HERE       To sign up for your account to administer ESC and Breckenridge Institute online instruments.

Contact ESC at 270-873-7433 or email

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