University Builds Special Residence Hall for International Students

Public universities usually spend most of their money on the needs of state residents, often at the expense of non-resident students.  Rarely do universities part with those ever-scarce funds to attract non-residents, especially not during recessions.   This is what makes Oregon State University’s recent international student residence hall project such a feat.   Its not just that OSU had the will to push it through, the project actually had political support: the Oregon State senate approved a $52 million bond measure to fund the new residence hall.   In light of the numerous troubles facing universities right now, this project means:

1) Not every state is reining in its spending on universities during the recession.

2) International students are being courted more aggressively in regions which suffer from a traditional lack of diversity and global exposure.

I’ve been closely watching the trend of universities competing for international students, but not even I would have predicted a $52 million commitment during a recession from a very prolific research university.


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