Sunday, February 5, 2012

Anthropologists usually study great societies from the past. Isn't this ironic?

This morning there is an article in the NYTIMES about the recruitment of International students to the University of Washington (the State of Washingtion), mainly from Asian countries and specifically China. International students pay up to 3 times as much in tuition than resident students. 
Critics suggest the University is stepping up the admissions of international students at the expense of in-state students solely for budgetary reasons.

Most of these international students are majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects and will take that expertise home with them.

I wondered what major was popular at the U. of Washington:

""Undoubtedly all of you have heard about the significant cuts facing higher education in Washington State. The squeeze is particularly tight for our deparment, since anthropology remains the fastest growing major in our college, with nearly 6oo undergraduate majors."" (Source HERE)
Nothing wrong with Anthropology! (Really, I think it is awesome).  However, in a context of a global economy undergoing massive transition deep into this century, do we need....Ok, I am going to stop there.

On the page I found the above quote, I also found this record achievement they were touting on the homepage:
Source: University of Washington Anthropology Dept
Well, I suppose the last one has some relevance in this case...Just sayin'...
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