Just over one-third of US universities now work directly with education agents to support the international student recruitment process, according to research into the pace of adoption revealed at the NAFSA conference
Speaking with The PIE News , educators, agents and accreditation bodies have said the arrests of 21 education counsellors for visa fraud earlier this month highlights the need for due diligence on both sides of the recruitment process.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has unveiled an updated guide on college admissions, including specific information for international students and transfer students for the first time.
Fourteen per cent of US high schools are actively recruiting international students, according to a report by NACAC, which uncovered that visa restrictions mean private schools are more effective in recruiting, and education agents are the main conduit to market.
The US's new agent friendly environment was tangible at the AIRC conference this month, where universities were exploring how to be more strategic in filling funding gaps. The ambitious arena is also creating a fertile ground for an imminent boom in pathway providers.
US association NACAC has published a guide on working with education agencies for its 14,000 members, designed to ensure they understand the principles of accountability, transparency and integrity that the association says must be used if pursuing a commission-based international recruitment policy. A guide for parents is also planned.