Agencies, third-party vendors, and the grooming of the college applicant in China

Panetha Theodosia Nychis Ott, University of Pennsylvania


This dissertation is an examination of the implications of the sudden increase in the use of agents in admission practices. For a variety of reasons, there has been an increased interest in globally educating students, both on the part of host institutions and on the part of sending countries. Reasons include worldwide visibility of universities, enrollment targets, diversity goals, full fee-paying “customers,” but also impact on local economies, not only because of revenue brought by these students but because of contributions to the labor force. This interest has fueled the admission profession’s gradual acceptance of agents and third parties working with international populations. With the emergence of China as a new “market” of able, fee-paying students, there has been explosive growth in agents and third-party vendors, often with little attention to regulation of the practice. This study examines in greater depth the forces which have contributed to the acceptance of agents, the resulting cynicism of students and educators, and the possible long-term effects of the growth of the industry.

Subject Area

Higher Education Administration

Recommended Citation

Nychis Ott, Panetha Theodosia, "Agencies, third-party vendors, and the grooming of the college applicant in China" (2016). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI10247364.