SUNY Becomes Host to the AIRC Secretariat


SUNY Becomes Host to the American International Recruitment Council Secretariat

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David K. Belsky,
Office of Communications
State University of New York
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246

For Immediate Release

Albany – The State University of New York has agreed to host the Secretariat of the recently formed American International Recruitment Council, a not-for-profit standards development organization which certifies international student recruitment agencies.

The AIRC was founded in June 2008, in response to a growing need by universities to identify ethical partners abroad to assist students with the complicated process of applying to American colleges and universities.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has recently agreed to serve on the AIRC Advisory Council. According to Dr. Zimpher, “It is SUNY’s intention to lead nationally and internationally. The integrity of international student recruiting is central to U.S. higher education leadership globally. Through hosting the AIRC Secretariat, we are making a small but significant contribution to an important and growing movement.”

AIRC founding Chair and President, Dr. Mitch Leventhal, who also serves as SUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, states, “We in higher education all know that students and their parents will seek out counsel from trusted experts in private practice. Unfortunately for students overseas, there has never been a way to differentiate those who are truly qualified from those whose main intention is to maximize profit at the student’s expense.”

Agencies who seek AIRC Certification must progress through a process closely modeled on higher education accreditation, involving a substantial commitment to professional development, a self-study, external site visit, and final review by an independent Certification Board. Agencies must also successfully undergo a third-party enhanced due diligence screening, undertaken by World-Check, which specializes in identifying patterns of financial, criminal and ethical risk.

The AIRC Secretariat will be located at the SUNY Global Center in New York City at 116 East 55th Street, which also houses the Levin Institute. The AIRC Secretariat will not utilize state resources and will reimburse SUNY for any and all costs incurred. AIRC’s executive director and certification team will continue to be based in the Washington DC area.

About the American International Recruitment Council

Founded in June 2008, the AIRC is a Standards Development Organization (SDO) officially registered with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Its mission is to develop standards of ethical practice pertaining to international student recruitment to American educational institutions and to establish a certification framework for international student recruitment agencies. More information about AIRC can be found at

About the State University of New York
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