Notes in the Margins: Foreign students, Penn State and supporting the elite

Average Taxpayers Are Heavily Supporting Elite Colleges An October study by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) entitled “Cheap for Whom?” showed one way that  the university system is rigged in favor of the rich. (Minding the Campus)

Addressing The Shortage Of Women In Silicon Valley It’s no secret that beginning in middle school, young women often lose interest in math and science. So it’s not surprising that relatively few women sign up for computer courses in college. When they do, they are often at a disadvantage. (NPR)

USC enrolls the most international students in the nation For the 10th year in a row, USC held on to a championship that has nothing to do with sports: The Los Angeles campus once again enrolled the most foreign students of any college or university in the United States, according to a new study. UCLA had the sixth-highest international enrollment, up from seventh place the year before. (Los Angeles Times)

Should Penn State Cancel Its Season? Many Penn State students are angry over the firing of their legendary football coach, Joe Paterno. But a rising number of voices outside the university say the school should go further andcancel Saturday’s game or the rest of the football season altogether, in light of the outrage over the university’s handling of sex-crime accusations against a former assistant coach to Paterno. Should Penn State cancel its remaining games? (The New York Times)

The Lure Of Chinese Students In China, high school students take a single test that determines where they go to college. Here, there are tests and essays and recommendation letters and transcripts. So like thousands of Chinese families, Eldon’s parents hired an agency that specializes in getting students into American schools. They paid the equivalent of about $5,000 to a company called Shanghai Shenyuan to help him with his applications. (Marketplace)