Friday, May 29, 2015

WSJ: U.S. Schools Expelled 8,000 Chinese Students

WSJ: U.S. Schools Expelled 8,000 Chinese Students

As tens of thousands of Chinese students prepare to study in the U.S., they might reflect on the experience of some of those who went before them. According to an estimate by a U.S. education company, some 8,000 Chinese students were expelled from American universities last year alone – and the main reasons were poor grades and cheating.

The estimate by WholeRen Education, a U.S. company that caters to Chinese students, was based on official U.S. data and a survey of 1,657 students expelled from American universities last year. More than 80% of these students were expelled because of poor academic performance or dishonesty, the company said.... continues

... “Chinese students used to be considered top-notch but over the past five years their image has changed completely — wealthy kids who cheat,” said Chen Hang, chief development officer at WholeRen, which is based in Pittsburgh, Pa. ...  Most financed their studies on their own or had scholarships from a U.S. university. Only 4.6% of them were sponsored by the Chinese  government.

...American students who more frequently enter programs that fit their capabilities, Chinese students care most about the reputation of the school,... try get into the top universities.... that different education standards and different attitudes toward unacceptable behavior were partly to blame.... problem with  entire higher-education system in China,” said the unsigned commentary....

So True wrote:
I remember when I was going to University at San Francisco, every time before class the Chinese students would all get together and copy their answers. It's like they weren't even aware that they were cheating because they were so open about it. Shanghai culture.

12:39 pm May 29, 2015
tea and Dim sum wrote:
What else is new? China being China

1:09 pm May 29, 2015
Idk wrote:
Perhaps it is of use to mention that the 8,000 expelled only constitute 3% of Chinese students in U.S. universities? Unless, of course, one wants to be sensationalist. Then it makes sense not to mention the % because 3% is fairly unimpressive....

1:18 pm May 29, 2015
Anonymous wrote:
8000 is not extremely high. And in consideration of their lack of understanding of US academic ethics it is probably underestimated as much as it is vastly undiscovered or a blind-eye is turned. Part of the issue ( not excuse ) is that Chinese have groupthink and they cluster together in the alien campus. So they suppose it is acceptable and necessary to share answers and work product to all get ahead. Further, Chinese may not be well enough "schooled" (pun intended ) in what exactly plagiarism is in the US post-secondary realm. Copy and paste is tempting when writing a sentence , paragraph and thesis is being asked in a second language. Look - these guys are striving in a second language in a foreign country - some of them may well have bought their SATs and ACTs and TOEFLs just to get the acceptance to college. Desperate students do desperate things. When they should just do their own best original work and take the grade they deserve.

1:19 pm May 29, 2015
Anonymoush!t wrote:
Some of those expelled cina students have now become cina Commie watchdogs on the web !!

1:24 pm May 29, 2015
Jueyi Yao wrote:
8000 is just a small part of the large Chinese students group in U.S. In fact, the americans also do these small tricks.

1:48 pm May 29, 2015
I am wrote:
The report is not balance and informative. It should include also the percentage of US and other countries students expelled. Thus this report sound more like propaganda to me.

3:46 pm May 29, 2015
rentseeker wrote:
I'm currently studying at the best University in South Korea and here the things are even worse. They have a syllabus only for the form, but they teach from other books. When I first arrived here no one told me about this and other things. The have american books in the syllabus, mostly to show it when they apply for US PhD's and then they teach from other materials in class. What's worse they give every year from the same set of problems, for instance in one exam I can swear I saw 5/7 problems from before. It's amazing.

6:27 pm May 29, 2015
old grad wrote:
So, 'only' 8000. Has anyone given thought to the 8000 students who were not admitted to those colleges because unqualified Chinese students took the spots? Maybe 8000 is a small number in the aggregate, but each one of the 8000 rejected represents a opportunity lost. Perhaps they went to other colleges, but not their first choice. That makes this Chinese cheating hurtful and harmful to those denied admission.

6:33 pm May 29, 2015
Anonymous wrote:
Really? how about putting numbers and percentages in there to give everyone perspectives instead of sensationalist bait clicking nonesense.

Had to look this up myself there are 300,000 Chinese Students in the US, with 1,300 dropping out thats only a drop out rate of .43%

Compare to the US dropout rate of 46%

7:07 pm May 29, 2015
Patrick wrote:
How does this compare to the overall expulsion rate?

7:57 pm May 29, 2015
J. Murray wrote:
Cheating is part of the Chinese culture since it's the only way to get ahead in the Communist Party. In 2013, Zhongxiang experienced mass rioting when the testing officials introduced anti-cheating measures. The city rioted because, without cheating, their students would be disadvantaged and couldn't get into prestigious schools. Chinese students go so far as to have hidden transmitters in erasers to collect answers from a paid associate. Stand-in for tests is a huge industry in that country.

8,000 is likely a very small number of the actual cheating population. Just the group that was dumb enough to get caught.

8:14 pm May 29, 2015
P. O'Neil wrote:
In the University of Massachusetts, we find Chinese students to be superior, on the whole. We have had some trouble recently with Indian students cheating.

8:37 pm May 29, 2015
Anonymous wrote:
We also have to note that the agency who did this survey, WholeRen Education, is a one that also lists "emergency consulting for the expelled (Chinese) students" as its core business expertise on its website.

Now they just made the headline on the news...

10:31 pm May 29, 2015
blame yourself wrote:
top 100 US universities are competitive? Make it top 30 please

Worst students from a Chinese high school can easily get into US colleges ranked around 60-100. Incredibly easy! Blame your own greedy schools whose only interested in the money when admitting those students.

I attended a school ranked in the 30+. I have Chinese classmates that will never be able to attend same level of Chinese university with me because of their poor academic record in China but somehow they were admitted by my AOs here in the states. I was fortunate to speak with my school's CFO once. He basically said, Chinese students, they pay! I felt shamed every time I saw my fellow Chinese classmates cheating in a exam. But the fact is, they are horrible students back in China but somehow admitted here in your "top" schools.

The topic of this article really shouldn't be how many students were expelled. but how many bad students were admitted by "top" schools

Check how many Chinese students cheats in top 20 schools?
Check how many Chinese students have 4.0 GPA in 20 schools?

10:55 pm May 29, 2015
Mark Levin wrote:
Our next President - Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum - will expel all the Chinese students. I know both of them are certified lunatic eccentric crack pot. Meanwhile on my radio show I will continue to bad mouth rest of the GOP contenders and also the consultant Karl Rove.

11:13 pm May 29, 2015
I am wrote:
Except a few top universities, majority of US schools are nothing more than degree production lines. The students are mainly there for sex, party, drugs.

11:20 pm May 29, 2015
Bill Wald wrote:
I suspect that relative civility and honesty are the unintended consequences of Protestant Christianity being the US tacit civil religion. Feel free to disagree but our () minds are made up.

11:26 pm May 29, 2015
Holly wrote:
What does any school cheater expect to do for a living if they graduate?

11:31 pm May 29, 2015
CTReader wrote:
The problem likely started with the TOEFL exam that tests students on their English-language skills, a requirement for admission. I suspect many of the expelled students cheated and upon arrival were not able to follow the subject matter.

Chinese Nationals in US charged with making fake passports for exam imposters

Chinese Nationals in US charged with making fake passports for exam imposters

May 28, 2015

Chinese nationals accused of taking SATs for others
BBC News‎  nationals with developing a scheme to have imposters take university entrance exams.

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    US charges 15 Chinese citizens with conspiracy, fraud over college entrance exam scam
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    15 Chinese nationals charged in passport, test taking fraud schemes

    PITTSBURGH — Fifteen Chinese nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy, counterfeiting foreign passports, mail fraud and wire fraud. The charges stem from a joint U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) investigation.
    The 35-count indictment, returned on May 21, and unsealed today, names the following 12 individuals as defendants: Han Tong, Xi Fu, Xiaojin Guo, Yudong Zhang, Yue Zou, Biyuan Li (aka “Jack Li”), Jia Song, Ning Wei, Gong Zhang, Songling Peng, Siyuan Zhao and Yunlin Sun. The identities of the three additional defendants remain under seal.
    According to the indictment, between 2011 and 2015, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy and a scheme to defraud Educational Testing Services (ETS) and the College Board by having imposters take college and graduate school standardized entrance examinations, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
    In carrying out the scheme, the conspirators had counterfeit Chinese passports made and sent to the United States, which were used by the imposters to defraud ETS administrators into believing that they were other people, namely the conspirators who would receive the benefit of the imposter’s test score for use at American colleges and universities.  The majority of the fraudulent exams taken by the conspirators were taken in western Pennsylvania.
    “These students were not only cheating their way into the university, they were also cheating their way through our nation’s immigration system,” said John Kelleghan, HSI Philadelphia special agent in charge. “HSI will continue to protect our nation’s borders and work with our federal law enforcement partners to seek out those committing transnational crimes and bring them to justice.”
    “The State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service is committed to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our other law enforcement partners to investigate allegations of crime related to passport fraud, and to bring those who commit these crimes to justice,” said David Schnorbus, special agent in charge for DSS’s New York Field Office. “If criminal enterprises are able to manipulate instruments of international travel for profitable gain, then national security is at risk.”
    “The perpetrators of this conspiracy were using fraudulent passports for the purpose of impersonating test takers of Educational Testing Services’ standardized tests including the SAT, GRE and TOEFL, and thereby securing fraudulently obtained admissions to American institutions of higher education and circumventing the F1 Student Visa requirements,” stated U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.  “This case establishes that we will protect the integrity of our passport and visa process, as well as safeguard the national asset of our higher education system from fraudulent access.”
    The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both for each count of wire and mail fraud, 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both for each count of counterfeiting foreign passports, and five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both for conspiracy.  Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense(s) and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. 
    Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Kitchen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
    An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Wash Post: Why Do Indo Americans Take Abuse for Dominating Spelling Bees?

    Indian Americans dominate the National Spelling Bee. Why should they take abuse on social media for it?

    Joe Heim
    The Washington Post - The Washington Post - ‎Tuesday‎, ‎May‎ ‎26‎, ‎2015
    The streak is as impressive as it is difficult to explain. In much the same way that Kenyan runners ...

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    FAA Diversity Hiring Scandal Tosses Test Scores, Technical Training Requirements

    Posted: 26 May 2015 07:46 AM PDT
    By: Roger Aronoff
    Accuracy in Media

    The Fox Business Network (FBN) should be congratulated for launching a six-month investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration’s hiring practices, an investigation revealing complicity between the FAA and diversity groups such as the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE). The findings were revealed on “The Willis Report” last week on FBN.
    The investigation resulted in an article by Adam Shapiro, exposing a story of corruption and attempts to stoke favoritism, where an FAA employee and head of an NBCFAE chapter worked to increase the likelihood that minority candidates would succeed under the FAA’s new hiring practices.

    (continued at link above)....  “In fact, the FAA threw out the AT-SAT scores and CTI qualifications of an estimated 3,000 CTI graduates and military veterans who were all previously designated ‘well qualified’ to become air traffic controllers. The FAA told them all to start over. But this time, when they applied for a job, their college degrees and previous military experience would mean nothing. They would now compete with thousands of people the agency calls ‘off the street hires;’ anyone who wants to, can walk in off the street without any previous training and apply for an air traffic control job. The FAA’s only requirements, to apply, are be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma, speak English and pass the FAA’s new BQ, Biographical Questionnaire. What Douglas and thousands of other CTI graduates didn’t know was that the FAA was planning these changes long before the agency made them public.”
    But Moranda Reilly, a woman who scored lower on the same test for which Douglas scored a perfect 100, joined the NBCFAE, and received preferential treatment through the help of air traffic controller Shelton Snow. He sent her and other applicants a recorded message last February instructing them how to fill out the new take-home biographical questionnaire.
    “Keep in mind we are trying to maximize your opportunities,” stated Snow, the local NBCFAE chapter president, in the recording, according to Shapiro.


    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Asian Quotas at Harvard Again?

      Behind The Curtain Of College Admissions, Fairness May Not Be Priority No. 1 MAY 23, 2015 5:00 PM ET Transcript Students walk through a gate on the Harvard University campus. In a recent complaint, dozens of groups have alleged that the school's admissions process holds Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard.Elise Amendola/AP

      A group of Asian-American organizations — more than 60 in all — recently accused Harvard of holding Asian-American applicants to an unfairly high standard, requiring them to score better than their African-American, Hispanic or white counterparts. The complaint was filed with the Department of Education and the Justice Department earlier this month.

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    Economist: Harvard Under Fire For Alleged Asian Admissions Quotas

    excerpt:Nov 29th 2014

    Affirmative action Harvard under fire

    Does the university impose silent quotas against Asian-Americans? Nov 29th 2014

    IN 1978 the Supreme Court, in the Bakke case, struck down racial quotas in higher education. Summing up, Justice Lewis Powell called the undergraduate admissions policy at Harvard an “illuminating example” of a better approach. The elite Ivy League institution did not reserve a specific number of places for poor minority candidates. Instead, it considered race as one of several “plus” factors in a student’s file. Thirty-six years later, Harvard’s method of reviewing candidates is being challenged in a federal district court in Boston. The plaintiffs claim its admissions policy is a quota system in disguise that discriminates against Asian-Americans.

    This is the latest legal challenge to affirmative action—and the first to target a private university—hatched by Edward Blum, an activist bent on dismantling Bakke. Among other campaigns, Mr Blum’s organisation, the Project on Fair Representation, recruits students who believe they have been unfairly rejected from universities that use racial preferences.

    Affirmative Hiring: 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track

    National hiring experiments reveal 2:1 faculty preference for women on STEM tenure track

    1. Stephen J. Ceci
    1. Edited* by Richard E. Nisbett, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and approved March 5, 2015 (received for review September 30, 2014)


    The underrepresentation of women in academic science is typically attributed, both in scientific literature and in the media, to sexist hiring. Here we report five hiring experiments in which faculty evaluated hypothetical female and male applicants, using systematically varied profiles disguising identical scholarship, for assistant professorships in biology, engineering, economics, and psychology. Contrary to prevailing assumptions, men and women faculty members from all four fields preferred female applicants 2:1 over identically qualified males with matching lifestyles (single, married, divorced), with the exception of male economists, who showed no gender preference. Comparing different lifestyles revealed that women preferred divorced mothers to married fathers and that men preferred mothers who took parental leaves to mothers who did not. Our findings, supported by real-world academic hiring data, suggest advantages for women launching academic science careers.


    National randomized experiments and validation studies were conducted on 873 tenure-track faculty (439 male, 434 female) from biology, engineering, economics, and psychology at 371 universities/colleges from 50 US states and the District of Columbia. In the main experiment, 363 faculty members evaluated narrative summaries describing hypothetical female and male applicants for tenure-track assistant professorships who shared the same lifestyle (e.g., single without children, married with children). Applicants' profiles were systematically varied to disguise identically rated scholarship; profiles were counterbalanced by gender across faculty to enable between-faculty comparisons of hiring preferences for identically qualified women versus men. Results revealed a 2:1 preference for women by faculty of both genders across both math-intensive and non–math-intensive fields, with the single exception of male economists, who showed no gender preference. Results were replicated using weighted analyses to control for national sample characteristics. In follow-up experiments, 144 faculty evaluated competing applicants with differing lifestyles (e.g., divorced mother vs. married father), and 204 faculty compared same-gender candidates with children, but differing in whether they took 1-y-parental leaves in graduate school. Women preferred divorced mothers to married fathers; men preferred mothers who took leaves to mothers who did not. In two validation studies, 35 engineering faculty provided rankings using full curricula vitae instead of narratives, and 127 faculty rated one applicant rather than choosing from a mixed-gender group; the same preference for women was shown by faculty of both genders. These results suggest it is a propitious time for women launching careers in academic science. Messages to the contrary may discourage women from applying for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) tenure-track assistant professorships.


    Freely available online through the PNAS open access option.