Close to half of the nation's largest public universities do not track suicide deaths among their students, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Through public records requests, the AP asked the 100 largest public universities in the U.S. for annual student suicide statistics over the past decade. Suicide rates for those that provided data ranged from 0.27 suicides per 100,000 students to 8 per 100,000, but because of the inconsistency in responses the AP is not publishing figures for colleges that provided data.
At Ohio State University, a Chinese student took tests for Chinese classmates for cash last year, guaranteeing an A. At the University of California, Irvine, some international students used a lost-ID-card ruse to let impersonators take exams in place of others. At the University of Arizona, a professor told of Chinese students handing in multiple copies of the same incorrect test answers. A flood of foreign undergraduates on America's campuses is improving the financial health of universities. A Wall Street Journal analysis of data from more than a dozen large U.S. public universities found that in the 2014-15 school year, the schools recorded 5.1 reports of alleged cheating for every 100 international students. They recorded one such report per 100 domestic students.
A Chinese university has been criticised heavily for releasing a series of recruitment ads featuring female students dressed in military uniforms as bait to attract more male students. According to CCTV News, Hangzhou Dianzi University, a school known for its science and engineering courses, wanted to boost its enrollment numbers of male students, and figured it would be a good idea to do so by showing off its attractive female student population. SEE ALSO: Condom maker's marketing stunt puts condoms on women's faces on the subway The series of pictures, which appeared on Chinese chat app WeChat on Friday, were posted online in response to televised segment featuring a prospective male candidate, who said he didn't want to enroll in the school as he heard that there weren't many female students on campus. The pictures from the university were captioned: "The male-to-female ratio is around 2 to 1. Female students are not that few, and are good looking, kind-hearted and very smart." The now-deleted post also pointed out that its campus was in close proximity to Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, which it claims has a high intake of female students.
UK universities could find it harder to recruit international students if the UK leaves the EU, suggests a survey. Of 1,763 would-be students who had contacted or applied to UK universities, almost half said Brexit would make UK study less attractive. But 17% told international student recruiters Hobsons that Brexit would make UK universities more attractive. And the organisation Scientists for Britain says EU membership harms student recruitment. Hobsons managing director Jeremy Cooper said: "A vote for Brexit would represent a further challenge.