Nayla Kidd was an engineering student at Columbia University when reports that she had gone missing went viral. She was found perfectly healthy nearly two weeks later, only telling police she wanted to “start fresh.” But the 19-year old’s reason for going off the grid, without informing family or friends, remained a mystery. Here, Kidd reveals to The New York Post’s Melkorka Licea what triggered her brazen escape from the Ivy League, how she pulled it off and where she goes from here.
Colleges want international students for the tuition revenue they bring, but language and cultural barriers make assimilation of Chinese students a struggle. Meanwhile, considering the well-documented cheating and application factories that characterize the Chinese drive to get into many American colleges and universities, how do all these Chinese students help or hurt American students?
Below is a sampling of recent articles touching on this topic.
Heavy Recruitment of Chinese Students Sows Discord on U.S. Campuses, WSJ.com (3/17/16)
Colleges with High Numbers of International Students and Study Abroad Students, Higher Ed Data Stories (3/17/16)
The Long March from China to the Ivies, 1834 Magazine (April/May 2016)
A new study confirms what many Americans already knew deep in their hearts: American students are not good at math. Overall, Americans’ everyday literacy skills were average. But if you zoom in and focus on just the young adults, a more complex picture emerges.
More at NPR.org
The University of Missouri in Columbia is facing a big decline in enrollment. That decline follows tense race relations and student protests that made national headlines. Mizzou is anticipating an enrollment decline of 1,500 students and the resulting budget shortfall is expected to top $30 million, according to a university spokesperson.
More at KY3
Simon Fraser University took down a video that promoted campus wide “National Sweater Day,” all for the sake of political correctness. Even though the video was also used in previous years to encourage students to turn down the heat and put on a sweater to help conserve energy, this year, students at the Canadian university got really offended and SFU folded like a cheap suit.
“The academic world in the humanities is a monoculture. The academic world in the social sciences is a monoculture – except in economics, which is the only social science that has some real diversity. Anthropology and sociology are the worst — those fields seem to be really hostile and rejecting toward people who aren’t devoted to social justice.” – Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business
More: A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt, Minding the Campus (2/3/16)
There is a new interactive map that all international students (and their parents) with aspirations of studying in the U.S. need to see. Explore U.S. higher education institutions that awarded financial aid (need based & non-need based) to international (non-resident alien) degree-seeking undergraduate students during the last two academic years.
Here’s a list of the U.S. universities where all those Chinese students are going — from New York to Silicon Valley to the American heartland. At the top of the list are University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of California, and Purdue University.
More at ForeignPolicy.com
Some shocking news today from CampusReform.org, which reports that a mandatory online course at the University of Southern California (USC) asks students to disclose the number of sexual encounters they have had over the past three months and teaches students to ask for consent by saying “how far would you be comfortable going?” and “would you like to try this with me?”
More at CampusReform.org (1/12/16)
The fact that such questions were asked to begin with is amazing.
760 is now the highest score you can earn on each section – Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW) and Math (M) – of the redesigned PSAT. Previously, students could earn up to 80 points on Critical Reading, 80 points on Math, and 8 points on Writing, totaling 240 points overall.
While the new PSAT has a perfect score of 1520, the new SAT has a perfect score of 1600, in line with what it used to be before College Board instituted the required Writing section.
There are other changes too, which are nicely chronicled in an article by Valerie Strauss in The Washington Post.
More at WashingtonPost.com (1/9/16)