International Education Pick of the Week – June 14th 2013


The Envisage Pick of the Week this time around is all about agents.  Yesterday the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Commission on International Student Recruitment released its long-awaited report. The Commission was formed in 2011 in response to serious division within NACAC membership over its proposed intent to clamp down on its existing ban on using commission-based agents for international recruiting. The Commission recommends modifying NACAC’s position from an outright ban to a non-binding recommendation against the use of educational agents paid on a commission basis for international recruiting  – a significant shift.  Read the press release on the report here:

For a fuller discussion of the issue, read Shift on Agents (Inside Higher Ed) or US Schools Get Amber Light (ThePieNews).

Part of the discussion on the use of agents has focused on professionalizing and holding responsible agents for improper behavior. The Not-so-Foreign folks complained of a lack of disciplinary teeth for the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) for any misbehavior by agents in this week’s blog post, setting off a heated defense of AIRC’s function and value.  Read the post and the responses here:

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