- Some U.S. colleges are facing a new challenge when it comes to diversification of their freshman classes—too many Chinese applicants. According to a New York Times article, “Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges,” the economic boom in China has made the prospect of attending an American university much more of a reality for Chinese students. The problem is that it has become a reality for such a large number of applicants that schools are being flooded with applications from China. On top of that, with so many Chinese applicants hiring “agents” to write their college essays, it has become increasingly difficult for admissions readers to determine which students are truly qualified and which ones simply have the money to pay their way to a good application. The adcoms have their work cut out for them, but it’s worth it—according to the article, Chinese students are strong students, and many are in positions to pay full tuition.
- China hit college news headlines again in another article that highlights some of the hurdles that Chinese applicants face when applying to college in the U.S. The BusinessWeek article, “The SAT Is to America as _____ Is to China,” explains how the SATs aren’t offered in mainland China, but that the College Board plans on changing that. For now, Chinese applicants need to fly abroad (like to Hong Kong or South Korea) to take the SATs. “The SAT’s absence on the mainland is a relic of an era when China was less open to the West,” explains College Board President Gaston Caperton. “As a former British colony, Hong Kong has long let students take the exam.” The Board is on an ongoing mission to convince Chinese officials to change their policy. Currently in China, AP exams are allowed, and next year the PSAT exam will also be offered.
- Two recent articles indicate that donations to colleges were on the rise in 2010. According to “Not So Full Recovery” (from Inside Higher Ed) and “Donations to Colleges Rose, if Only Slightly, in 2010” (from The Chronicle of Higher Education), donations increased 0.5% in the last year, bringing the total donation amount to $28 billion. (If you adjust for inflation, however, than that’s actually a 0.6% decrease.) Many attribute the weak increase to the poor economy—donors were hesitant to give and colleges were hesitant to ask. Please see the articles for more details.
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