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Sat Dec 3, 2016, 04:34 PM

Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Fri Dec 2, 2016 | 4:40pm ES

Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report

By Steve Stecklow | MIAMI

A U.S. standards-setting body said it would investigate New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc (EDU.N) in the wake of a Reuters report that detailed allegations of academic fraud at the company.

The American International Recruitment Council, which certifies agencies that recruit foreign students on behalf of U.S. colleges, will investigate the company in response to the report, said Jeet Joshee, AIRCís president-elect.

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AIRC is a non-profit membership organization comprised of 289 colleges and universities and 78 agencies that refer foreign students to U.S. schools often for a commission. It establishes best practices for international student recruitment and certifies agencies in a process that includes inspections.

Joshee said AIRC certified New Orientalís counseling division -Ė Beijing New Oriental Vision Overseas Consultancy Co -- about three or four years ago. He said AIRC could revoke the certification if the fraud accusations are confirmed.

Reuters reported today that eight former and current New Oriental employees had told the news agency that the Beijing-based company had helped to write college application essays and teacher recommendations, and had falsified a high school transcript.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-neworiental-exclusive-idUSKBN13R2EG

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