Schools flush out cheating Chinese students

 

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Overseas education authorities are tightening up on the review process for high school and university applicants coming from China, after concerns have been voiced over Chinese students cheating on their submissions. 

“Like many other schools, one of our main jobs now is to examine the credibility of the materials submitted by students,” Elton Wen, China manager for State University of New York (SUNY), said at the China Educational Expo 2013 in Beijing last week, which was attended by 80 US high schools and universities looking to promote their schools to Chinese students and parents.

Chinese students cheating on their applications to study at US schools has become a bigger issue in recent years, according to Tom Melcher, former chairman of Zinch China, an education consultancy that helps Chinese students study abroad. 

Since 2011, Melcher has exposed Chinese students getting around overseas schools’ high requirements by faking their academic transcripts, hiring ghostwriters for their essays and cheating on their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams, which Chinese students are required to take if they want to study in an English-speaking country.

Sneaky methods  

According to Wen, Chinese students often try to cheat the system by modifying their transcripts, sometimes even with the help of their high schools.

“When we get an application from a student with extremely high grades, we have to check their academic backgrounds carefully, and sometimes the student is asked to prove himself or herself by sitting through an interview or making a personal statement,” Wen told the Global Times.

But Wen said that the purpose of such scrutiny is not to prevent Chinese students from studying at reputable schools abroad, but to help them make rational choices. 

Those who cheat to get into universities, but are not caught until after enrollment, are in most cases forced to transfer programs or schools, or even drop out altogether without the chance to conclude their studies, he said. 

TOEFL exam proctors, too, have seen added creativity from cheating Chinese students recently. Some examinees have gone through serious lengths to get higher scores, even hiring qualified lookalikes to sit their exams for them. 

At Kansas State University for example, some Chinese students who have shown up for class in recent years have not matched the security photos taken of them when they supposedly took their TOEFL exams months earlier, according to Melcher.

Risky business

Students who are caught cheating on their TOEFL tests are barred from retaking the exam until passing a three, six or 12-month period, depending on the severity of their case. 

But despite the severe penalties, Chinese students desperate to get into a prestigious school abroad are still willing to take the risk, said a consultant surnamed Wu, who runs a website that helps Chinese students prepare for TOEFL exams.

He admitted to the Global Times that fierce competition and increasing pressure are driving more Chinese students to cheat, but said that at the heart of the problem is a greater systemic issue in China.

“China’s credit system is not well-built; the cost of cheating is low, but the potential reward is enormous,” said Wu.

“A bit of cheating can totally change a student’s life, and even if they’re punished, the penalty often has little influence on their record or future when they return to China.”

Global Times | 2013-11-12 20:13:01 
By Global Times
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EduGate Offers Saint Louis University Summer Immersion Program for International Students

Here is another great opportunity for Chinese students to be gaining insights into university life and learning more about what is required to gain entrance into a U.S. university. EduGate is happy to be promoting this excellent program.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Saint Louis University invites international students 16 to 18 years of age to participate in the Summer Immersion Program. During this three-week program, students live on campus at Saint Louis University, take a college credit course, and participate in various cultural events. Download your copy of this year’s schedule by clicking on the box to your right.

COURSE INFORMATION
The course is designed to provide a foundation for cross-cultural understanding and enrichment.

MLNG 193 Hollywood & History
Using a central content theme based on the exploration of media images, cultural history, folklore, and sites within the Missouri and Illinois region, the program will work on strengthening key English language skills. The cultural history component consists of discussion and lecture courses on “Hollywood and History” and “Cultural Narratives,” in which local events and historical figures are examined in the context of overall U.S. culture and history. The classes are linked to a media communication component, which looks at the relationship between movies, TV narratives, and actual events as documented in a variety of media.

COST
The cost of the program is US $2,800, which includes course tuition, housing, meals, and all scheduled events and activities.

IMMIGRATION INFORMATION 
If you would like to attend the program, you will need an I-20 that indicates the program dates.  Once you have registered for the program an I-20 document will be sent to you.

UC Davis offering Summer College Credit Program Course

EduGate just confirmed that UC Davis (University of California, Davis) will be offering a credit course “How to Succeed in U.S. Colleges and Universities” that will more than likely become available this summer.  It can be worked around a program, so it does not have fixed dates.

It will be a two credit course that can count towards student’s electives.  Ultimately, as with any transfer of credits, it is up to the academic institution to accept.

We can incorporate it into any of the custom programs that are 2-4 weeks in length, and is basically an in-depth college preparation course with time management, study skills, and other helpful resources for future undergraduates studying in the U.S.
Please let me know if you are interested…