Commissioned Agents and NACAC's Code of Ethics Series

For some colleges and universities partnering with commissioned agents to recruit international students is part of a multifaceted admission strategy. NACAC maintains a healthy concern over the potential effects of commissioned recruiting and is committed to advancing best practices.

This new series aims to guide NACAC members in the responsible use of commissioned agents in international student recruitment. The content, divided into six parts that will be released periodically over the coming months, will assist members in the implementation of the new requirements established in NACAC's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices, approved by the association’s Assembly in September 2017.

NACAC Admission Trends Survey Data


Percentage of US Institutions working with international agents in 2017


Percentage of institutions that provide training manuals to agencies in 2017


Percentage of institutions that list agency contacts on a student-facing website in 2017

Resource Papers

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Perspectives & Resources

Agent Contracts: A Cornerstone of Agent Partnerships

Senior Admissions Officer at a public Midwestern institution shares the lessons learned from the institution's 10 years of experience working with agents.

One Chancellor's Comprehensive Approach to Agent-Based Recruiting

Read a chancellor's perspective on international recruitment strategies, senior management involvement, and their impact on community colleges.

International Student Recruitment Agent Management

A Canadian member institution shares their process of establishing and managing agent networks.

Wading Into the Waters of International Student Recruitment Agents

Read a member's experience navigating institution-agent relationships.

Roles and Responsibilities for Universities and International Recruitment Agents

Jaishankar Raman, Assistant Provost for International Affairs at Valparaiso University (IN), shares his perspective on how their process of selecting agent partners to maintain successful relationships has evolved over 10 years of working with commission-based agents.

2018 International Preconference Workshop

Gain practical knowledge, skills, and tools to enhance your effectiveness in working with international students and families, as well as your colleagues around the world.