14 October 2016, "How a Chinese company bought access to admissions officers at top U.S. colleges", by Steve Stecklow, Renee Dudley, James Pomfret and Alexandra Harney (Reuters)
USA: A major Chinese education company has paid thousands of dollars in perks or cash to admissions officers at top U.S. universities to help students apply to American schools. According to eight former employees the company’s services didn’t end there. Employees engaged in practices such as writing application essays for students, altering recommendation letters and modifying grades on high school transcripts. The company’s success in gaining access to leading American colleges underscores how people on both sides of the Pacific are hungry to capitalize on Chinese students’ desire to study in the United States.