Seeing is Believing

November 16, 2012

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.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed