U.S. colleges turn to video interview services to help vet Chinese applicants
- With the growing number of Chinese students on American campuses (up 139% in the last five years) and tales of fraud on the rise, many colleges are vetting and verifying Chinese applicants through companies that provide video interviews.
- Players in what some call the "Interview 2.0" market include InitialView, Vericant and the non-profit Council on International Education Exchange, and some vendors' interview videos also include writing samples and Test of English as a Foreign Language scores.
- Among colleges and universities currently using one of these services are Franklin & Marshall College, Babson College and the University of Denver, and admissions professionals at colleges using these services say they help with getting a stronger sense of applicants' personalities and how good of a "fit" they may be for the school.
From the article:
The number of Chinese students on American campuses has increased by 139 percent in the last five years, and admissions officers are struggling to keep up with demand. Confronted with tales of widespread fraud, higher education’s gatekeepers describe difficulties in getting accurate portraits of who their Chinese applicants are -- and how well they speak English. Where there’s a niche, a vendor is never far behind. Colleges are increasingly turning to companies that provide video interviews of Chinese applicants and promise, in various ways, to help with vetting and verification. Some vendors score applicants’ interviews and writing samples, while others merely act as a secure conduit, passing a videotaped interview along to the admissions office. Most are for-profit, though there is one nonprofit player in the mix. ...
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