China isn't just taking a cavalier attitude towards its political affairs; its study-abroad students are also taking a haphazard approach to their studies, according to a new report from WholeRen Education.
The report shows that approximately 8,000 Chinese students were expelled from U.S. colleges and universities last year. The findings highlight a negative trend in Chinese academic performance. They also come on the heels of an indictment this week against dozens of Chinese nationals for cheating on college entrance exams.
"Chinese students used to be considered top-notch but over the past five years their image has changed completely — wealthy kids who cheat," said Chen Hang, chief development officer of WholeRen.
Approximately one-third of America's one million international college students are from China, so the rate at which they are expelled isn't horrible but has been increasing over time.
China is notoriously ethically challenged and the latest findings show this behavior is ramapt among its students. 80.55% of Chinese students' dismissals were because of "academic dishonesty or low academic performances." Academic performance is very poor for Chinese students as well - over 50% of the students had a GPA lower than a 2.0 — a grade of C.
"More than half of the Chinese students expelled were from top 100 U.S. universities, the survey found. Cheating at exams, plagiarism and finding other students to write papers for them were frequently cited as the specific causes of expulsion," the paper reported.
Which begs the question: Is this, in light of the recent entrance exam cheating scandal, evidence that Chinese cheating on entrance exams rampant? If students can get into top schools but cannot complete their degrees it raises serious questions about just how they're getting there in the first place.