US: Agents recruiting foreign students criticised

The practice of using commissioned agents to bring in foreign students to American colleges and universities came under sharp criticism during an international education conference organised by the US State Department, with one panelist comparing it to contracting out the student recruitment process to a car salesman, writes Karin Fischer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

"It's destructive of the very function of admissions," said Barmak Nassirian, an Associate Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. "The credibility of American higher education is at risk if we begin to parcel out pieces of it like car sales." Nassirian spoke during the first day of the EducationUSA Forum, which drew more than 250 US college representatives as well as advisers from EducationUSA centers in 40 countries.
Full report on the Chronicle of Higher Education site