- A World Education Services research report released today says that 62% of international students recruited by agents have low levels of academic preparedness and require additional academic support once they arrive on a U.S. campus.
- Based on a survey of 1,578 prospective international students from 115 countries, the report places students into four groups based on financial resources and academic preparedness, identifying which recruitment strategies are best for reaching each group.
- The use of agents in international recruitment is controversial, primarily due to the practice of agents receiving per-student commissions--a practice barred by federal law in domestic student recruitment.
From the article:
Colleges that use agents to recruit international students should expect to attract applicants with weaker academic profiles. According to a research report released today by World Education Services, a credential evaluation organization, 62 percent of agent-users have low levels of academic preparedness and will require additional academic support -- such as intensive English coursework -- once on a U.S. campus. ...