[CHE] China Props Up Number of Foreign Students in the U.S.

The Chronicle of Higher Education – November 15, 2010

“China Props Up Foreign Students’ Numbers in U.S.”

Enrollments from China shot up 30 percent in the 2009-10 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual “Open Doors” report, which was released this week.

The rapid increase in the number of Chinese students, however, obscures the slowing overall growth in the number of foreign students at American colleges. International enrollments rose only 3 percent, to 690,923, in 2009-10, while first-time-student figures expanded even more anemically, by just 1 percent.

The previous year, by contrast, total enrollments jumped 8 percent, while new-student numbers swelled 16 percent.

Read the full article by Karin Fischer.