The number of US higher education institutions choosing to partner with education agents worldwide appears to be growing, a survey has indicated. However, respondents also identified ethical concerns with the agency model.
US authorities have threatened to "terminate" designated school officials who they claim are engaged in "wilful ignorance or a level of negligence" when placing students in OPT programs, as they announced 15 arrests as a result of work permit fraud.
Recent changes in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations mean that designated school officials are now required to carry out an increased range of responsibilities, proving and recording that students are undertaking OPT workplace-based training in a relevant field to their studies.
At a time when education leaders are expected to be "both futurists and strategists", sessions explored strategies for engagement and employability alongside innovative approaches to mobility at AIEA's Conference.
US higher ed should grasp opportunities to rethink internationalisation, which means not sanitising study abroad and ensuring authentic connections overseas and at home. So said Leymah Gbowee, Nobel peace prize winner, to AIEA delegates.