Financial Aid for Vietnamese Students?

If your institution awards financial aid to Vietnamese students, I hope your approach is of the "trust but verify" variety.  Not all parents and students are honest, and Viet Nam is no exception.  Many people of means are happy to game the system and accept financial aid, if they can get it. I remember a … Continue reading Financial Aid for Vietnamese Students?

How a Chinese company bought access to admissions officers at top U.S. colleges

Kudos to the four (4) Reuters reporters for their outstanding work on this investigative report.  Only when this type of unethical behavior sees the publication light of day and the proverbial shit hits the fan is there any action, in most cases.  While there are some Vietnamese companies that would love to have this kind … Continue reading How a Chinese company bought access to admissions officers at top U.S. colleges

“Regulators Vote to Shut Down Nation’s Largest For-Profit Accrediting Agency”

The vote came after widespread criticism that the agency had provided inadequate oversight.  Some good news for a change. "Inadequate oversight" is one way of  putting it.  This organization, which was entrusted with the sacred task of accrediting postsecondary institutions, abdicated its responsibility in a number of cases, pure and simple.  Why is the Accrediting … Continue reading “Regulators Vote to Shut Down Nation’s Largest For-Profit Accrediting Agency”

California South University: Fraud Alert!

Here's another less-than-stellar California-based institution of higher education.  Note:  "California South University" is not to be confused with "California Southern University", which has institutional accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC/regional) and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC/national). As you can see on the 29.6.16 screenshots below, CSU makes two claims:  1)  … Continue reading California South University: Fraud Alert!

“Making The Grades”

How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process. I derive absolutely no pleasure at all from saying "I told you so."  (OK, maybe just a little.)  This is an issue I have been talking and writing about for years.  I think the only reason … Continue reading “Making The Grades”

Financial Aid: Don’t Trust, Verify!

Taking the theme of gaming the system and running with it,  there is also the issue of financial aid and how to determine need, which becomes much more difficult once you begin evaluating international student applications. There are schools that award some type of financial aid to all admitted Vietnamese students.  Others, especially the more … Continue reading Financial Aid: Don’t Trust, Verify!

Of Letters of Recommendation, Smoke & Mirrors

I've written quite a bit about gaming the system here because it's such a common occurrence in US higher education admission among many international students in Vietnam and elsewhere.  Why take the long way home when you can take a shortcut, right?  Improve your chances, use your God-given intelligence and ingenuity, keep your ear to … Continue reading Of Letters of Recommendation, Smoke & Mirrors

US Education Admission – By Hook or By Crook

Everyone knows of the smart kid who decided to apply “DIY” and then wasn’t accepted—and they don’t want to risk being  the next one. Unfortunately, there’s a sense in China that the honest applicants are the chumps. (What Students in China Have Taught Me About U.S. College Admissions, Terry Crawford, The Atlantic, 6.1.15) There's editing … Continue reading US Education Admission – By Hook or By Crook

“What Students in China Have Taught Me About U.S. College Admissions”

So what’s an international admission officer to do? These individuals admittedly have their work cut out for them in a way that domestic admission officers do not. Domestic admission officers have mounds of historical data upon which they can project matriculation percentages, future GPA, and graduation rates. International admission officers—in order to do things the … Continue reading “What Students in China Have Taught Me About U.S. College Admissions”

Not All US Higher Education Fairs Are Created Equal: Part II

Truth in advertising:  A fairly legal definition is advertisements that do not make misleading, false, or deceptive claims.  So let's say Wonderful Educational Consulting  Company is organizing a US higher education fair series and they state in their publicity that only regionally accredited (RA) colleges and universities are permitted to join.  Wouldn't you logically expect … Continue reading Not All US Higher Education Fairs Are Created Equal: Part II