Sorry I was not online when you replied. I just wanted to make sure first you were using the right procedure, and I never know the knowledge of my customers here, so make sure to be thorough.
If the albums are not being brought over, then via itunes it will not be possible as there is a level of corruption occuring.
One trick that I have done in the past that can work is on the iPad, go to iPad Settings>iCloud>photo stream - turn that on.
Then on your Mac, go to go to System Prefrences>iCloud>photo stream.
Then on the Mac,
Launch iPhoto as you would normally, click iPhoto in the left corner of the application taskbar, and select Preferences from the resulting drop-down menu. Afterward, navigate to the iCloud tab within navigation bar and check the box directly left of My Photo Stream.
Click iCloud in the Source List located on the left side of the application window and select the Use iCloud option. Doing so will allow any new photos that you import into iPhoto to be uploaded to iCloud and added to My Photo Stream. Moreover, any photos added to My Photo Stream via your iOS device will automatically be imported into your iPhoto library.
Do you then see the albums? Please let me know.