The hidden cost of foreign student policy: Insiders respond

Dec 27, 2016 by

“Standards for written work and discussion inevitably decline when a significant portion of the class do not have mastery of English. Moreover, the desire for foreign student dollars means that domestic students are being crowded out,” says retired assoc. dean.

Higher-education administrators were among the revealing respondents to my Dec. 12th column, The hidden cost of foreign student policy.

The university and college admissions officers, retired associate deans and professors added to the wide range of criticisms that B.C. professors Shinder Purewal and Patrick Keeney publicly expressed about the expanding ranks of foreign students in B.C.

While supporting limited foreign-students programs, these scholars and others believe the programs have lost their humanitarian ideals, grown into a giant business, largely draw second-tier students, put a disguised burden on taxpayers (especially on health programs) and are leading to declining standards in classrooms, particularly because many foreign students struggle with new languages.

There are now more than 110,000 foreign students in B.C., mostly in Metro Vancouver. That is one third of all foreign students in Canada.

B.C.’s ratio of foreign students to the population is 10 times higher than it is in the U.S.

Here are four informed letters about foreign students — from retired college and university officials of different genders and ethnicities.

They provide further disturbing insights into misuses of once-idealistic foreign student programs, which were initially designed to help low-budget but promising students around the globe.

Three of the writers have declined to use their real names. Two  responses are detailed.

Source: The hidden cost of foreign student policy: Insiders respond | Vancouver Sun

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