Quality and transparency in the use of agents in student recruitment were key themes in the fifth annual AIRC conference last week: the first held since NACAC reversed its policy against the use of commissioned agents in international recruitment.
After more than two years of debate, the National Association of College Admission Counselling (NACAC) has made a groundbreaking decision to allow its 13,000 members to use commission-based education agents to recruit international students. At the organisation's conference in Toronto this weekend, the governing assembly voted 152-47 to change NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
US schools have been given a cautious go-ahead to use commission-based agents to recruit international students, after a report commissioned by the National Association of College Admissions Counsellors (NACAC) proposed that its members could, but should not use them. However, it also calls for new rules to ensure agents are used ethically.
The debate within the USA on the use of agencies in international student recruitment has evolved, with the question being 'how' rather than 'if'. At a recent NAFSA session, Director of Public Policy and Research at NACAC said, "Agencies are something that is real and NACAC has no problem with that."
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has named the members of its commission on international recruitment practices that will decide the fate of US-oriented education agents in 2013. They announced their goal was to be "as open and inclusive as possible".