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Tag: International Students
Extending Respect and Resources to International Students
The higher education sector in the United States benefited for years from the financial pockets of the international community with minimal accountability and consideration for those students, making terminology such as ‘cash cows’ notoriously synonymous with international student enrollments. Historical demand for a U.S. education rose from ideals of versions of the American dream, decades of soft-diplomacy, and as the current academic and economic hegemony. However, last spring proved that the demand can quickly dissipate.
May 18, 2021
Stakeholders Assess Whether International Student Enrollment Will Rise After Sharp Decline
An Institute of International Education (IIE) survey of 700 colleges and universities concluded that there was a 16% drop in all international student enrollment in fall 2020, compared to fall 2019, and a 43% drop in new international student enrollment. Several factors, including what some are calling the “Biden bump,” seemingly are converging to reverse parts of the decline in international student enrollment during the presidency of Donald Trump.
March 31, 2021
How Can Universities Better Support International Students?
The American Council on Education (ACE) released a new report on Friday, titled “Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students.” It details ways universities can not only recruit international students but retain and support them.
February 12, 2021
International Students Sue Western Iowa Tech Community College, Alleging Forced Labor
About a dozen international students are suing Western Iowa Tech Community College, accusing the school of forced labor and trafficking, NBC News reported. The lawsuit – filed last Monday – accuses the school of coercing students from Brazil and Chile to come to the school under a J-1 visa program. Students were told the program […]
January 22, 2021
Experiencing the Presidential Election as an International Student
As an international student during the 2016 presidential election, I had very little idea what was happening in the year that preceded it, but it all sounded too complicated – electoral votes, caucuses, nomination, national conventions, all were foreign concepts to me. And I vividly remember election night. I stayed up all night with a group of friends with all sorts of backgrounds and experiences processing the outcome and what it might mean to us. Emotions were heightened, many were crying. Boy was that a night.
November 2, 2020
International Students Elevate Higher Education
As an international scholar and a woman of color who worked in a higher education context and in a predominantly White university for eight years, I had my share of experiences with racial microaggressions. Microaggressions in this sense were comments that are based on stereotyping and clichés about my country of origin, my religion, and an ignorance that could be linked to White superiority and lack of desire to learn about other cultural and international groups.
October 23, 2020
Institutions Rethink International Recruitment as COVID-19, Political Climate Complicate Process
Due to the limits on in-person interactions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, graduate schools have transformed their recruitment strategies, especially for international students.
October 21, 2020
Report Highlights Role International Students Can Play in Growing US Economy
Next100, a startup think tank of The Century Foundation that is focused on developing policies that promote diversity, inclusion and equity, has published a proposal from Next100 policy entrepreneur Taif Jany titled, “Keeping Talent in America.” In the report, Jany notes that as the U.S. economy tries to recover from COVID-19, there needs to be a long-term strategy for economic growth and workforce development which includes offering a pathway to permanent residency for international students.
August 27, 2020
Supporting International Students in Time of Coronavirus: Looking Beyond Immigration Concerns
The higher education community went into a collective uproar following the ICE guidelines that would have deported international students whose universities go to an entirely online format. Many on social media and in news outlets were writing about the topic. Colleges and universities joined a collective lawsuit against the federal government. And it looked like the pressure worked – the guidelines were rescinded.
July 30, 2020
ICE: Foreign Students At Schools Switching Fully Online Must Leave US
On Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students whose institutions are switching to online-only courses this fall semester must leave the country; otherwise, they risk violating their student visa status, The Hill reported. Previously, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) — or the ICE-directed organization that determines student visa rules — […]
July 6, 2020
Reimagining International Student Recruitment in the Age of COVID-19: Cross-Continent Collaboration and Partnership Agreements, and Innovative Delivery Models Have Never Been More Important
International student enrollment has been challenged since well before the COVID-19 global pandemic brought the traditional higher education recruitment cycle to a halt in mid-March. It will only become more difficult if colleges and universities do not quickly determine and act upon ways to reach and serve the unique needs of this critically important student population.
June 10, 2020
Students, Schools Seek Answers in Era of Pandemic U.
We’ve crept into May, which is coincidentally Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on the diversity calendar. But as Helen Hsu sees it, there’s not much to celebrate if you’re an Asian American student.
May 4, 2020
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