Faculty Online Forum: International Students and Campus Environments

February 22

Join Dena Kniess (Easter Illinois University) and David Nguyen (University of North Dakota) as they discuss International Students and Campus Environments.  Start time is 11:00 a.m. EST.


The number of international students studying in American higher education institutions is dramatically increasing, and this student population will be of continuing importance for institutions to address (Zhao, Kuh, & Carini, 2005). International students add to the academic and cultural fabric of the campus (Lee & Rice, 2007; Peterson, Briggs, Dreasher, Horner, & Nelson, 1999; Smith & Ota, 2013), and international student enrollment remains a central focus to campus enrollment goals and many institutions are considering programs and initiatives to increase their numbers (Jaschik & Lederman, 2014).

However, integrating international students into the existing campus culture has been challenging. International students deal with language barriers, societal and cultural adjustment stressors, financial problems, and adapting to a new educational system (Cadieux & Wehrly, 1986; Charles & Stewart, 1991), among other challenges. Student involvement and participation in co-curricular activities can have a positive effect on students’ academic and social outcomes on campus, generally (Astin, 1984; Kuh, 2001; Kuh, Kinzie, Schuh, Whitt, & Associates, 2005; Pace, 1984), but institutions have found it challenging to engage their international students.

In order to create inclusive environments for international students, the entire context of the campus must be considered. Strange and Banning (2001, 2015) outlined four components of campus environments, the physical, human aggregate, organizational, and socially constructed, which should be considered in creating inclusive environments for international students. Information on the four components will be presented in addition to suggestions on how to apply them in working with international students.

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Faculty Online Forum: International Students and Campus Environments


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