ICG © 2013 1ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
The Illuminate Consulting Group 9 December 2013
ICEF
Bringing ...
ICG © 2013 2ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• The presentation was delivered by ICG at the ICEF conference...
ICG © 2013 3ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• Education agents have become a staple of the international e...
ICG © 2013 4ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• Institutional background: University, college, language scho...
ICG © 2013 5ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landsc...
ICG © 2013 6ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• The total number of tertiary international education student...
ICG © 2013 7ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landsc...
ICG © 2013 8ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• A bit of history
• Governmental regulations (e.g. Australia,...
ICG © 2013 9ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landsc...
ICG © 2013 10ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
WHY STILL CHAOS?
• Explosive growth in self-paying students.
...
ICG © 2013 11ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Lands...
ICG © 2013 12ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
RESPONSES: MANAGING QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE
• Managing agent q...
ICG © 2013 13ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Lands...
ICG © 2013 14ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
ACADEMIC STUDENT SUCCESS BY RECRUITING AGENT
Agents are direc...
ICG © 2013 15ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
RESPONSES: MANAGING STUDENT QUALITY
• Agents retained by a gi...
ICG © 2013 16ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Lands...
ICG © 2013 17ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• Agents are one of more than a dozen major recruiting channe...
ICG © 2013 18ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Lands...
ICG © 2013 19ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
• Institutions have designed differentiated agent management ...
ICG © 2013 20ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
AGENDA
Introduction to the 2013 International Education Lands...
ICG © 2013 21ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09
CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Daniel J. Guhr
Managing Director
Illu...
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International education has grown in leaps and bounds, led by increasingly sophisticated marketing and recruiting practices. Yet a concise understanding of what is happening to the more than four million international students – what their backgrounds enable them to do, how they perform in their studies, and to what extent they benefit from their studies after graduation – remains much less developed.

These slides are from a presentation by Dr. Daniel Guhr, managing director of Illuminate Consulting Group (ICG). ICG has developed two in-depth quantitative models which shed light on these questions. In addition, our accompanying article and exclusive video interview with Dr. Guhr takes a closer look at data analytics and predictive modelling in particular.

Please see our article ''Big data, predictive modelling, and international student recruitment'' here: http://bit.ly/1prtAw2 and for more industry news, market intelligence, research and commentary for international student recruitment, please visit http://www.icefmonitor.com, subscribe for daily or weekly updates, and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/icefmonitor.

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Reshaping institutional agent management practices

  1. 1. ICG © 2013 1ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 The Illuminate Consulting Group 9 December 2013 ICEF Bringing Order to Chaos: How Institutions can move towards Evidence- and Performance- based Agent Management
  2. 2. ICG © 2013 2ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • The presentation was delivered by ICG at the ICEF conference in Miami on 9 December 2013. • The presentation shall be considered incomplete without oral clarification. The opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the author alone. • ICG makes no warranty regarding any claim or data presented in this presentation, and does not take any responsibility for any third party acting upon information contained in this presentation. • No part of this presentation may be used or quoted without the explicit consent of ICG. DISCLAIMER
  3. 3. ICG © 2013 3ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • Education agents have become a staple of the international education landscape, operating from and in Australia to China to Sweden. • Yet agents remain a controversial part of international student mobility, despite many agent quality assurance and evaluation efforts which have been instituted at national levels by governments, various associations, and transnational services such as ICEF. • One reason for the lack of institutional agent acceptance is that education providers continue to struggle with rationally governing and managing their agent portfolios. • This session discusses the continued challenges education providers from language schools to universities face with regard to managing their agents across three aspects. • First, managing quality and compliance from an internal perspective (from contract management to admissions integrity). • Second, managing agent performance relative to the quality of students recruited (a largely neglected area). • Third, managing agents as part of a larger recruiting channel management approach (which means embedding agents in the overall institutional recruiting effort). • The presentation component of this session will conclude with specific recommendations for institutions to institute an evidence- and performance-based agent management. SESSION OVERVIEW
  4. 4. ICG © 2013 4ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • Institutional background: University, college, language schools, K-12, government, association, agent. • Experiences with agents: Extensive, a bit, none. • Aware of recent discussions at NACAC, NAGAP, etc.? • Member of AIRC or similar organization? • Previous attendance of ICEF? ATTENDEE SURVEY
  5. 5. ICG © 2013 5ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  6. 6. ICG © 2013 6ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • The total number of tertiary international education students has reached 4.3 million (2013e, ICG). There are many 100,000s more international language students (academic English, including, short-term) and few 100,000 international secondary school student (including short-term). • Revenues from international higher education have reached USD 120-140 billion (testing, legal & application & tuition fees, cost of living, travel). • Today’s international student pool is fundamentally different relative to 20 years ago: • A fundamentally different composition of nationalities (shift to Asia) • Different socio-economic and socio-educational backgrounds • More distant educational backgrounds and/or less preparedness for quality western style education • A shift from educational enhancement to credential acquisition (and work/migration) A FEW COMMENTS ON THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION LANDSCAPE Agents are big part of this landscape
  7. 7. ICG © 2013 7ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  8. 8. ICG © 2013 8ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • A bit of history • Governmental regulations (e.g. Australia, UK) • Quality assurance bodies (e.g. AIRC) • Associations (e.g. Languages Canada) • Platforms/service providers (e.g. ICEF) • Institutions THE STATE OF AGENT MANAGEMENT Shouldn’t we have no problems whatsoever by now?
  9. 9. ICG © 2013 9ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  10. 10. ICG © 2013 10ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 WHY STILL CHAOS? • Explosive growth in self-paying students. • Entrepreneurial behavior – all around. • Economic incentives drive “pushing the boundary” behavior. • No clear ownership at an institutional level. Who owns agent relationships – Recruiters, Registrar/Admissions, Academics? • Institutional agent management policies, tools, and approaches often remain underdeveloped and un-integrated. • Even institutions with 20 years of agent experience can be exposed to bad agent management practices: • 100s of dysfunctional agent contracts • No differentiated compensation policies • Lacking enforcements • Interference with admissions integrity • …
  11. 11. ICG © 2013 11ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  12. 12. ICG © 2013 12ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 RESPONSES: MANAGING QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE • Managing agent quality has been a long-standing topic. • Many approaches exist: • Contractual relationships • Accreditation • National regulatory policies • Audits • Training & fam tours • Income targets • … • Most approaches have been based on frameworks and front-loaded models – which have proven to be insufficient. • The lack of outcome-based quality assurance has been a major shortcoming. Especially since feedback loops have been rarely utilized. Lots of approaches, but little systematic, outcome-based integration
  13. 13. ICG © 2013 13ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  14. 14. ICG © 2013 14ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 ACADEMIC STUDENT SUCCESS BY RECRUITING AGENT Agents are directly responsible for student success Source: ICG
  15. 15. ICG © 2013 15ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 RESPONSES: MANAGING STUDENT QUALITY • Agents retained by a given institution are directly responsible for the academic performance of their recruited students – they facilitate the selection, matching, and admissions preparation. • At minimum, students should not fail out at rates higher than overall failure rates. Logic would dictate that the added scrutiny layer should produce students performing above respective peer cohorts. • Measuring student academic performance at a granular, progression- based level has become imperative. This requires a more comprehensive, continuous, and in-depth analytical approach. • Agents who reject the notion that their service to an institution is fundamentally based on recruiting students who can (and will) succeed are likely to not offer value to their client institution. Theory and reality tend to diverge rather notably
  16. 16. ICG © 2013 16ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  17. 17. ICG © 2013 17ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • Agents are one of more than a dozen major recruiting channels (direct, feeder schools, alumni, social media, partner institutions, etc.). • This means they need to be considered as part of a complex channel management landscape. • Recruiting costs per agent (and student success) can be clearly attributed and thus make this channel – in theory – highly transparent. • Managing agents typically well requires a high degree of transactional involvement and the willingness to differentiate between highly and lowly performing agents. • The ultimate responsibility for agent contracts might be best placed with a unit which is not responsible for recruiting headcount targets in order to avoid conflicts of interest. RESPONSES: CHANNEL MANAGEMENT Many institutions continue to treat agents in a needlessly special manner
  18. 18. ICG © 2013 18ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  19. 19. ICG © 2013 19ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 • Institutions have designed differentiated agent management models based on two paradigms: • Maintain/cancel contract • Differential commission fees (typically volume boni) • This is too simplistic. Agent compensation should be pegged to outcome – to the point of not compensating agents for failing students, and raising compensation for agents recruiting students who perform well. • Example: 20 – 10 – 0 instead of 15 – 15 – 15. • Employing such a feedback-loop driven approach will incentivize agents to focus on student quality. • Outcome-based agent performance management is a logical response to regulatory requirements and business improvement dynamics. INTRODUCING PERFORMANCE-BASED AGENT MANAGEMENT
  20. 20. ICG © 2013 20ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 AGENDA Introduction to the 2013 International Education Landscape The State of Agent Management Why still Chaos? Responses: Managing Quality and Compliance Responses: Managing Student Quality Responses: Channel Management Introducing Performance-Based Agent Management Discussion
  21. 21. ICG © 2013 21ICEF Order to Chaos Agent Management – 13 12 09 CONTACT INFORMATION Dr. Daniel J. Guhr Managing Director Illuminate Consulting Group P.O. Box 262 San Carlos, CA 94070 USA Phone +1 619 295 9600 Fax +1 650 620 0080 E-mail guhr@illuminategroup.com Web www.illuminategroup.com

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