The use of agents is a hot and well-known issue in the international education field.  While federal statutes prevent schools from paying commissions to recruit students in the U.S., there is no such prohibition for international students. Commission-based agents operating in China in particular has put pressure on the integrity of the admissions process. In February of this year, Dickinson State University in North Dakota became the first case to be investigated for its extensive ties with agents recruiting in China.

The Washington-based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has put together a special committee to study the issue of overseas recruiting practices, with recommendations expected in 2013.  We will be following closely, especially Mark Sklarow, Executive Director of IECA, who is serving on the NACAC Committee on International Recruitment (see his reports on the proceedings here and here).

Genius Recruiter put together a stark and useful infographic on the current status of the agent debate, using data from the Chronical of Higher Education, The PIE News, University World News, and Zinch China.  It’s a few months old (May), but definitely worth sharing.

Points of Interest:

Agent Compensation Breakdown:

  • 10% of the student’s tuition fees is what schools pays to agents
  • $10K is the cost for school selection, test prep, and essay writing
  • $10K bonus if student gets into a top school
  • 15% cut of any financial aid packages received

For the full-sized version, click on the image, then click on the expander button on the top right again.

Source: Genius Recruiter

Related: Hired Test-Takers, America Meet China Infographic

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