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ERIC Number: EJ796543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
An American College in China Struggles to Deliver
Mooney, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n34 pA1 May 2008
This article reports that language barriers and faculty turnover are the major challenges to an American college's struggles to deliver value to students in China. The Liaoning Normal University-Missouri State University (LNU-MSU) College of International Business, a collaboration between MSU and a local university in China, is designed to mirror academic life on MSU's main campus, in Springfield. The College of International Business was set up in 2000 for Chinese and other students seeking an American-style education who did not want, or were unable, to travel to the United States. The program initially offered only associate degrees, allowing students to finish their undergraduate education in Missouri. In 2002 it also began offering bachelor's degrees through Missouri State's College of Business Administration, with courses in the final two years taught primarily through distance education by faculty members back in Missouri. According to more than a dozen current and former professors and students, however, the college, which is run in partnership with LNU, is shortchanging students and promising more than it can deliver. The critics complain that the academic program is seriously flawed. Facilities are poor, equipment is lacking, administrators are unresponsive to their concerns, student cheating is rampant, and few of the instructors hold advanced degrees. Among the program's most fundamental problems, is that many Chinese students lack the language skills necessary to survive in an English-only environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Missouri