Posts tagged ‘diversity’

September 12, 2014

Are African immigrants taking up college spots intended for African-Americans?

by Grace

African immigrants are over-represented at elite colleges compared to non-immigrant African-Americans.  Colleges probably don’t care as long as they can use immigrants to show how diverse their student body is.

… A 2007 study covered by the Washington Post found that a quarter of black students admitted to elite colleges were African immigrants, though they only represented 13 percent of America’s college-age black population. The study’s authors several theories on why black immigrants do better, including “to white observers black immigrants seem more polite, less hostile, more solicitous and ‘easier to get along with.’ Native blacks are perceived in precisely the opposite fashion.”

Immigrants did not experience the “stigma” felt by African-American black children.

Lani Guinier, a Harvard professor, argued instead that schools were attempting to “resolve historic wrongs against native black Americans by enrolling immigrants who look like them” but had different experiences. “In part, it has to do with coming from a country … where blacks were in the majority and did not experience the stigma that black children did in the United States,” Guinier said. Either explanation creates a divide — as if Africans can only succeed at the expense of black Americans, or vice versa.


Arit John, “Why the All-Ivy League Story Stirs Up Tensions Between African Immigrants and Black Americans”, The Wire, April 1, 2014.

November 13, 2013

Growing numbers of foreign students are ‘cash cows’ for U.S. universities

by Grace

The number of international college students surged to a record number last year as American schools increasingly value the tuition dollars they bring.

In the school year ended in May, 819,644 foreign students studied in the U.S., up 7.2% from the previous year, according to an annual report released Monday by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization.


The number, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, represents the seventh increase in a row and the steepest rise in four years.

Foreign students account for 3.9% of the overall student population, according to the education nonprofit.

Full-pay foreign students are “cash cows”.

The proliferation reflects continued aggressive recruiting by U.S. schools, which see full-pay foreign students as cash cows at a time of decreasing public subsidies, flattening tuitions and a falling number of U.S. high-school seniors. About two-thirds of international students in the U.S. pay their own way, and most aren’t eligible for U.S. government aid programs. Many colleges charge them additional fees.

Look for more increases in coming years.

International students pump an estimated $24 billion into the U.S. economy, but the bounty isn’t evenly distributed. Nearly 70% of the students are concentrated in about 200 schools, said Allan E. Goodman, the nonprofit’s president and chief executive. “We do have 4,000 accredited colleges,” he said. We have “room to expand.”

In addition to tuition dollars, foreign students also add diversity.  This double bonus has prompted many colleges to recruit aggressively from other countries.

Students do not come to the United States to study liberal arts.

International students overwhelmingly gravitate toward business and the sciences. Nearly half of all Chinese students are studying either business or engineering. Indian students are more heavily concentrated in engineering, math and computer science.

“Full fare bodies versus discounted bodies.”  The complaint that international students are taking up slots that should be going to U.S. residents must be balanced against the benefit of foreign dollars that subsidize the education of students paying discounted tuition.


March 29, 2013

NYC data suggests top colleges would be 50% Asian if not for holistic admissions

by Grace

New York City high school admissions data suggest that top colleges might be 50% Asian if not for holistic admission policies.

Admission numbers for New York City’s top test high schools were recently released, showing that 50% of students admitted were Asian American.  Admission to these schools is determined solely by test scores.


Top universities use a holistic admissions system, aiming for racially diverse student bodies.


HT Powerline

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