The presence of nearly 6,000 international students on the Indiana University Bloomington campus this year is a benchmark worth celebrating.
A recent story in the Sunday Herald-Times noted a couple of reasons it also is causing some concern. One reason is that some of the students — often from China, Korea or other Asian countries — do not have the language proficiency necessary to smoothly blend into class.
Another is that some students do not have cultural sensitivity to established ethics of higher education — in other words, they might share information inappropriately to lend an unfair advantage, which stated clearly is cheating.
While those reasons deserve attention, the overall value of international students to a campus, its surrounding community and the world in general far outweighs them.
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