Recruiting Students Overseas to Fill Seats, Not to Meet Standards

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“Hurry Up!!!” the online posting said. “Spot Admissions” to Western Kentucky University. Scholarships of up to $17,000 were available, it added. “Letter in one day.”  The offer, by a college recruiter based in India, was part of a campaign so enticing that more than 300 students swiftly applied to a college that many had probably never heard of.  More than 8,000 miles away, at Western Kentucky, professors were taken by surprise when they learned last fall of the aggressive recruitment effort, sponsored by their international enrollment office.  Word began to spread here on campus that a potential flood of graduate students would arrive in the spring 2016 semester.The problem — or one of them — was that many of the students did not meet the university’s standards, faculty members said, and administrators acknowledged.  Read more in the New York Times.