Thursday, January 8, 2009

International Education

I didn't actually know that the proportion of international students at US universities were fewer in proportion to the total enrollment than it is in other developed countries. But why should universities pay intermediaries to recruit more students, as the article suggests? It seems like many students are being turned away from the best schools, and the students already in the schools (especially foreign-born students) are reasonably well-qualified. It seems that if there is a greater number of applications from qualified students the thing to do would be to price things better, especially for out-of-state and international students, with generous subsidies for highly-qualified in-state students who do not benefit from a mountain of trust-fund wealth. Let the international students come, but also let them pay full price for the high level of enrollment demand.

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