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I posted this over in the Bucket in regards to International students coming to the US to study. I was wondering what your thoughts were:
Last year OSU opened a "Gateway" (recruitment) office in China to aid in an increase in admissions for Chinese student (the other top targeted groups in the future include India, Brazil, Turkey and Poland).
What most people do not know is that last undergraduate incoming freshman class had over 1350 international students from China pay the deposit to accept admission (as of April 2011 for the class that arrived last August, I do not know how many actually arrived on campus). If all did, then that is ~20% of the incoming freshman class. When I heard this I was appalled. This is Ohio State, a land grant college for Ohio kids. If I had a child who had applied to Ohio State and didn't get accepted I would be extremely upset. This increase is justified by the increased cost international student pay (which is most likely covered by their govt or they come from a wealthy family) and that long term it will push the academic rankings and make a degree from OSU worth more. I guess on the plus side long term it will make Ohio State grads much more competitive.
Another tidbit is that, while I was a student I was a Resident Advisor and on my floor I had a Chinese student. She took the maximum course load, while at the same time she would teach herself the material for 2-3 classes each quarter so she could test out of the classes. I was blown away by this and she explained that much of it was review from what she had in highschool. I also was curious as to why she picked Ohio State, and the biggest reason was that a lot of people from the area of China she was from also came here, but other than that she really knew nothing about the university (other than we have an exceptional engineering program.
And I just checked, another "Gateway" office was opened in Mumbai, India last month. I wouldn't be surprised if Brazil was next followed by Turkey/ Poland.
What are your thoughts on this?
It surprises me that Russia is not included to round out the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).
I am all for the increase. It will raise the standards for admission without a doubt. One perspective is to look at it from the angle that your kids might not make it. However, the other perspective is that if your kids make it they will be considered amongst the elite as opposed to the next person who got in since all get in.
My dad grew up in Lebanon and is a Chief Engineer for GM in their future designing division. I will tell you he often laughs at curriculums as he sees what is being taught at certain ages saying that in Lebanon he was taught calculus in 8th grade. The education system abroad is much more advanced than this country in many aspects so increasing our Universities admission standards is nothing to piss and moan about.
I am also hoping that OSU begins an online graduate program at some point in the future. I have an MBA from Central Michigan because they offered an online program that suited my needs for my work travel. If OSU rolls one out, rest assured I will get a second masters.
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