Karin Fischer is a journalist who focuses on higher education. Her primary area of focus is international education, including American colleges' activities overseas, study abroad, the globalization of the college experience, and international-student recruitment. Her work with the Center for Studies in Higher Education will focus on the international student experience, including issues of acculturation, social satisfaction, and academic performance. She is the author of a weekly newsletter, latitude(s), that provides critical news, incisive analysis, and behind-the-scenes observations on international education.
She also writes about higher-education public policy in the states and about the relationship between colleges and the economy, examining the fault lines along education and the economy in America. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Monthly, and University World News.
A graduate of Smith College, she received the East-West Center's Jefferson Fellowship for reporting in Asia and the International Reporting Project fellowship for work on education and gender, also in Asia. Her work has been honored by the Education Writers Association, the National Press Foundation, and the Poynter Institute.
"Trump Rolled Up the Welcome Mat. This Admissions Officer Is Trying to Get Students to Come Anyway." https://www.chronicle.com/article/Trump-Rolled-Up-the-Welcome/243463 in The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2018
"An America First Presidency Clashes With Higher Education's World View," https://www.chronicle.com/article/An-America-First-/239067 in The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2017
"From China to America, Then What?" https://www.chronicle.com/article/From-China-to-America-Then/239023 in The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2017
"Muslim Ambassadors on an American Campus," https://www.chronicle.com/article/Muslim-Ambassadors-on-an/235765 in The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2016