More on the Dependence on International Enrollment


Yesterday in an addendum to a post written by Brian Mitchell, I referred to the “charter” university phenomenon, which has led elite public universities to accept much-reduced state subsidy in return for greater autonomy, which has meant in practical terms more aggressive recruitment of out-of-state and international students who pay higher tuition.

Writing for the Hechinger Report, Matt Krupnick has explored “How China’s Economic Slump Could Hurt American Colleges,” an article that has been re-published by Time.

Here are some of the salient statistical highlights from the article:

“This pipeline [of Chinese students] is an increasingly important revenue source for U.S. colleges, which enrolled nearly one million international students last year,according to the Institute of International Education. Collectively, those students pump almost $31 billion per year into the economy in tuition and other spending while they’re here.

“Almost a third of the international students were from…

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