Edited by D. Bruce Johnstone, Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio and Paul J. Yakoboski
Chapter 7: Creating an International Experience on the Domestic Campus
Kathleen M. Waldron Like many other institutions of its kind, Baruch College of the City University of New York has maintained traditional international student exchange programs with a few foreign universities. After many years of operation, however, it became apparent that only relatively few students were able to take advantage of a semester abroad. Over half of all Baruch students receive Pell grants, and most live with their extended families within the five boroughs of New York City. According to the most recent data collected by Baruch’s Office of Institutional Research and Program Assessment, over 68 percent of Baruch undergraduate students were born outside the United States and hail from 160 different countries. English is not the native language of over 70 percent of all Baruch students, who speak some 112 different languages at home. Baruch currently has no dormitory space available, so there are no students in residence. Consequently, well over 90 percent of Baruch students live at home. Many students are children of immigrants and many are the first in their families to attend college. U.S. News & World Report ranks Baruch College as the most ethnically diverse college in the country for the last seven years and The Princeton Review includes the College among the top 10 percent of colleges in the country. While increasing numbers of Baruch students are taking advantage of short-term study abroad opportunities, for a large percentage of the Baruch student body even this commitment of time and resources proves an insurmountable obstacle. In...
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