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The Student News Site of Macalester College

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Faced with an extra large applicant pool for study abroad for the Spring 2006 semester, the Macalester administration had a decision to make: cut qualified applicants or bite the bullet and finance the extra students–not an inexpensive proposition. In the end, the school made the right choice–next semester, 177 students will be cleared to study abroad, with 38 extra spots opened. Managing to scrounge around the campus for loose change, the administration is coughing up an extra $300,000. By finding this cash, the school is literally putting its money where its mouth is, keeping sturdy the pillar of internationalism that is so constantly emphasized.

Which brings us to our next viewpoint:

Staying True to International Students

Over the past few years, the college has been trying to reduce the number of international students, with cost cited as the motive.

The school wants to see international students make up 9.8 percent of the student body, down from the current 12.3 percent–a move that will save money due to the typical high-financial aid awarded to international students.

It is very easy to claim to be the national leader in liberal arts internationalism, a contention the school pushes at every open moment. And for years, Macalester has done a very admirable job of integrating internationalism into the Macalester experience.

While we understand the financial constraints that consistently grip the decision-making process, we urge the college to look elsewhere for cuts, and to think long and hard about what it means to put our values into practice.

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