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Saturday, January 19, 2013
China Cornell College Preparatory Program VS Tufts
Recently, I've become interested in college preparation programs for young Chinese who are interested in studying in the United States or other western nations. For several reasons, there is a growing interest in such programs in both the United States and in China.
For this reason, I recently learned a little bit about The China Cornell College Preparatory Program.
Elsewhere I've mentioned that I have several criticisms of the Tufts University Preparation Program. Fortunately the Cornell program appears to have avoided many of these.
First, the Tufts program is separate from the academic portions of Tufts and run by a non-academic area of the Tufts administration. Students are recruited by for profit agents whose relationship with Tufts is both ambivalent and troublesome. They are recruited primarily, but not exclusively, from Wuhan Foreign Languages High School, a school, I've been told, which admits students mostly based on social connections (there is a test for admission although it is not an open test. You must be selected to take this test, and the selections are made by teachers based on connections, bribery, and, yes, academic ability) , thus tainting the program from the beginning. The manager of the Tufts program has no real credentials or background in either education or Chinese culture, and thus finds it difficult to understand the background of the students in his program, Nor is this program his only area of responsibility. Courses are separate from the other Tufts courses and the bulk of the instructors in the program are not regular Tufts instructors nor do they have access to all the facilities at Tufts. No one in the Tufts program has a good command of the Chinese language or culture. (When I was involved one instructor had lived in China for a semester but did not like it. Some staff had visited, sometimes when administering the program. Two instructors had lived in Taiwan for a year.)
By contrast, the Cornell program is part of the regular university programs and not separate at all. The Chinese students are recruited from throughout China and selected by the Cornell staff themselves. The program management is the standard Cornell management. For the record, although this management is not necessarily versed in Chinese culture, they are experienced in educating students from around the world and have access to countless resources when referrals are necessary. (Cornell has been dealing with Chinese students since long before the May 5 movement of 1919. The Chinese vernacular language reform movement largely originated at Cornell.) The program description is available in Chinese in a manner that is controlled by the university itself.
It appears that the Cornell program has corrected many of the mistakes of the Tufts program.
SUGGESTED SEARCHES FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR CONCRETE ADVICE ON HELPING REFUGEES
1. FURNITURE(tips on running a refugee center furniture collection program.)
2. DRIVING (tips on teaching driving to refugees)
3. HIGHER EDUCATION (tips on assisting refugees with higher education.)
4. BURMESE NAMES (a long article on Burmese and Karen names.)
I tend to write several entries on a subject and although admittedly they are of variable quality by following the topic keys then one should get a fairly complete view of what I think on the issue. There's a lot of good information buried here particularly on some obscure subjects related to assisting newly arrived refugees, particularly from Burma. These subjects include furniture donation issues, driver education and even domestic violence. If these issues interest you, follow the internal links, do searches, there's a lot here and I've found that often people search on a subject using google, I've written an answer, but the search engines sent them to some other entry where I discussed only a small part of the issue. So if a subject that interests you has a truly mediocre entry there is probably a good one hidden away as well on different aspects of the same subject You can't get a full picture on the issues covered in this blog by reading just one entry. it wasn't written that way. If you still don't see what you want, feel free to drop me an e-mail. Thank you.
Journalist, educator, and low level Asian history scholar who dabbles in fiction. Peter Huston is the author of several books, including Scams from the Great Beyond, Tong, Gangs, and Triads,, and the novel, Excess Emotional Baggage.
Interests include :
1) Internatinal Education and Teaching English as a Second or other Language,
2)refugee concerns and refugee resettlement,
3)self defense and martial arts,
4) Asian culture and history,
5) censorship controversies
6) the skeptical examination of paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims.
Education includes a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Cornell and a second master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University at Albany, party of the New York State SUNY system.
I am not the sailing guy, sports betting guy or the attorney guy. These people who use the name Peter Huston are, presumably, impostors. I am the real