Column: Gains outweigh concerns about international student growth


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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