This is the second in a series of co-authored articles about commissions-based recruitment of international students. The other co-author is Eddie West, executive director of international programs at UC Berkeley Extension. Previously, he served as director of international initiatives at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Eddie blogs at International Education Insights.
The first article, entitled An ethical approach to commissions-based recruitment, was published last October, also by University World News. The last in this trilogy is about, gasp!, international students bypassing education agents and applying directly to educational institutions. Imagine that! We not only do but will discuss specific examples of students applying on their own and why.
On an editorial note, the original working title was Education Agents Welcome Where?, a play on the #YouAreWelcomeHere hashtag and the statements made last December by US State Department officials about welcoming education agents. (The editor changed the title to one that makes it easier for people looking for the article online.)
The debate is far from over, much to the dismay of the pro-agent crowd, so stay tuned!
Shalom (שלום), MAA