Capstone Managing Director Contributes to Recently Published Book
Dr. Mark A. Ashwill, managing director and co-founder of Capstone Education, contributed a chapter to a newly released book entitled Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education - A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Challenges and Best Practices.
Edited by Pii-Tuulia Nikula, Principal Academic, Te Pukenga – New Zealand Institute of Technology and Skills, Vincenzo Raimo, an independent higher education consultant and Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, where he previously served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), and Eddie West, Assistant Dean of International Strategy and Programs at San Diego State University, the book is part of a Routledge series on Internationalization in Higher Education edited by Elspeth Jones.
With a focus on the growing number of institutions employing commercial agents to support international student recruitment, Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education provides an evidence-based exploration of this phenomenon, and will increase the reader’s understanding of the multiple dimensions of agent engagement, its contradictions and complexities.
This book explores who and what these education agents are, what students and higher education institutions can expect from a good agent, how bad agents can be identified and avoided, and what we learn from the reasons for the development of these agents in the first place. Offering theoretical perspectives with practical applications, this volume features contributions from academics and scholar-practitioners, laying out fresh perspectives and insights on topics such as process transparency, developing agent policy and procedures and government regulations.
Providing the ideal reference for students embarking on international study, agents, higher educational institutions, government/accreditation agencies, researchers and practitioners, this insightful book acts as a critical basis for further research and improvements in higher education practice.
Dr. Ashwill's admittedly modest contribution appears in Part II: An Ethical Approach to Student-Centered Commission-Based Recruitment: The Way Forward. He described the book as "a seminal contribution to the field of international education."