Nicholls State University is located in Thibodaux, La., about 20 miles from where the center of Hurricane Gustav hit land Monday morning. And Nicholls State may illustrate both the progress made by Gulf colleges and universities since Katrina three years ago, and the uncertainty with any natural disaster.
In the realm of international student recruiting, “A lot of agents will just send out blanket e-mails to universities saying, ‘Oh, I would like to be your representative,’ ” says Sabine Klahr, director of international programs at Boise State University. “We don’t answer those e-mails typically."
“There are no standards at this point,” Klahr explains. “You could work with agents throughout the world who are not" -- she pauses, searching for the right word -- "they are not reputable business people, essentially. How do you know that you can trust them?”