Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, June 17, 2016

More on the Campus Takeover

Many state colleges have lowered their admission standards for foreign and other out-of-state students. The California State Auditor recently found that the average SAT scores and grades of out-of-state students are lower than those of in-state students, and that state universities had rejected 4,500 Californians whose test scores and grades were good enough for out-of-state and foreign students. Chinese students seem to have plenty of money to spend, and not only for tuition, room and board. Many drive expensive cars and wear fashionable clothing, which makes them conspicuous among typical American college students.

In case you’re thinking that Chinese students must be some of “the best and the brightest” who provide the brain power needed by America’s engineering schools, nothing could be further from the truth. Most Chinese students have no better than average ability, and many do not speak, write, or understand English well enough to contribute significantly to the academic community. A professor of Chinese history at New York University told the Wall Street Journal that students from China often pose a “burden” on her lectures, which she has to modify for their benefit. Many Chinese students “are woefully underprepared,” she said. WholeRen Education, a U.S. company that caters to students from China, reported that some 8,000 Chinese students were expelled from American universities last year, mostly for poor academic performance or cheating. “Chinese students used to be considered top-notch,” a WholeRen executive said, “but over the past five years their image has changed completely – [they are] wealthy kids who cheat.”

Some Chinese families aren’t waiting to send their kids off to college in the U.S., but are starting much earlier. About 35,000 K-12 students from China, some as young as 10 years old, now live in the U.S. and attend U.S. public schools.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

No comments:

Post a Comment

Keep comments short. Long comments will be deleted.