Thursday, June 14, 2012

Foreign Students Need Friends Too!

Greg Mankiw meets with Grad Students
at a recent Cengage Teaching Conference
 This new study by  Elisabeth Gareis, Ed.D., associate professor of communication studies at Baruch College/City University of New York, surveyed about 450 foreign students in the in the South and Northeast. Researchers asked students to identify the number of close American friends they had and their level of satisfaction with the number and quality of those friendships.

“Nearly 40 percent of the survey respondents had no close American friends and would have liked more meaningful interaction with people born here,” Gareis said.

The most common reasons why students attributed their friendship difficulties to Americans or to U.S. culture were superficiality (32 percent) and not being open-minded or interested in other cultures (25 percent).
These findings are of concern, according to Gareis, who said the United States is the world’s leading higher-education destination.

With the high percentage of students from other countries making up the ranks of graduate students in economics is this a concern at your institution?

1 comment:

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