Universities use cultural bridge to lure foreign studentsThe New York Times.
Instead, those students fit into a fast-growing and lucrative niche in higher education, of efforts to increase enrolment of foreigners with transitional programmes to bridge the cultural divide - often a chasm - between what it means to be a college student in their own countries and in the United States.
Oregon State's programme, a joint venture with a private company Into University Partnerships, prepares students to move into the university's mainstream after a year, as Oregon State sophomores. Recruitment from overseas is an increasingly important financial bright spot at a time when state support for higher education has dropped to historic lows, research grants are declining, consumers are objecting to tuition increases, and the supply of college-age Americans is stagnant.
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