As the internationalization in education has become necessary in today’s society more and more foreign students choose to study in USA each year. Nearly 724,000 students across the globe preferred the U.S. Over another country as their primary choice of study abroad destination during 2010/11 academic year. Students know that learning English, improving their language skills, or getting a degree from a world-class U.S. Higher education institution will have a very positive effect on them both culturally and academically. Having said that we should also include: Colleges across America also value the cultural diversity, and yes of course, the U.S. currency that their international student enrollment helps create. After all higher education is one of U.S.’ most profitable exports. Though most institutions across America value and follow NAFSA’s code of ethics when it comes to executing their global recruitment practices, some may fail to do so.
Today, in a Chronicle article titled “Oversight of Internationalization—Who’s Responsible?” Jason Lane and Kevin Kinser reminds us of two very recent incidents in which the actions of two higher-education institutions have raised concerns about the oversight of their internationalization activities. Surprisingly two reputable institutions; Dickinson State University, a public institution in North Dakota, and the Empire State College of New York’s public higher-education system were both recently involved in situations which some of us in the field may classify as examples of international education malpractice. (Also view “In Albania, Can a U.S. Diploma Deliver?” on NYTimes.com)