I don’t usually “go after” news stories and headlines but this one is such a bad mistake, and it so affected my Twitter feed (I was swindled too), that it deserves comment (the pointer by the way comes from Alex, our Alex). Stephanie Saul wrote in The New York Times:
Nearly 40 percent of colleges are reporting overall declines in applications from international students, according to a survey…
Here is what the opening of the survey itself said:
39% of responding institutions reported a decline in international applications, 35% reported an increase, and 26% reported no change in applicant numbers.
The NYT article does not reproduce the more positive pieces of information, from its own cited study, which may be suggesting international applications are not down at all, or perhaps down by only a small amount. If you look at all the data, they probably are down, but by no conceivable stretch of the imagination should the 40% figure be reported without the other numbers. The headline of the piece?:
Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants
I look forward to not only a correction but in fact a retraction of the entire article and its headline.