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August 23, 2016

Forbes: Data on Enrollment and Revenue Growth Trends at Public Research Universities (Big Ten)

How has enrollment, tuition, and revenue at Big Ten Public universities changed between 2007/08 and 2014/15? Data on international student enrollment shows that these leading universities have experienced a much faster rate of growth as compared to the national average. Given the high rankings and extensive history, these universities have a strong brand recognition among international students. Post-recession, while Big Ten universities have increased non-resident tuition they have managed to continue to attract international students. Is this growth sustainable?

How is tuition and revenue from international students at Big Ten public higher education institutions have changed?

Here is an interactive chart showing actual undergraduate tuition and international student enrollment for 2007/08 and 2014/15. (Tip: click drop-down under "size" to see the bubble sizes proportionate to revenue). This analysis is based on our recent "Big Ten Universities Become Bigger with International Students" article published in Forbes.

The number of international students in the U.S. universities and colleges has increased by 56% to reach nearly 975,000 students. However, the international student enrollment at ten leading public research universities has grown much faster rate of 74% to reach nearly 90,000 international students in the same period.

Between 2007/08 and 2014/15, average non-resident tuition at Big Ten public universities increased by 29% and total revenue jumped by 127% to reach US$ 2.3 billion. Clearly, a large segment of international students are willing to pay a premium for American educational experience at the leading public universities despite increasing tuition cost.

However, much of the growth in the previous seven years was led by Chinese students. As the Chinese economy decelerates and the initial wave of Chinese graduates try to start building their career, institutions, Big Ten and beyond face some tough questions.

Is this growth in tuition and enrollment sustainable? How to provide support to international students in line with diverse needs and increasing revenue contributions? How can institutions strategically reinvest some of the additional income generated by international student tuition towards campus integration and engagement? How to enhance the experiences of international students and develop successful brand ambassadors for future recruitment?

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha & Di Hu
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August 19, 2016

Interview with British Council's Education Intelligence

British Council's Education Intelligence publishes Macro Trends Analysis like "Postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024" and a range of Research Reports which provide deeper insights on trends with countries, insights, and students. 

- Rahul

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July 01, 2016

Plenary on Global Citizenship and Student Success at BUILA, UK Conference

I will be presenting a plenary with Erich Dietrich, Assistant Vice President of Global Programs & Associate Dean of Global Affairs, New York University at The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA), a membership organisation of 139 the UK higher education institutions and over 2,000 international recruitment and promotion professionals.
The overall theme of the conference is ‘A brave new world?’ will look at the competitiveness of strategies of British higher education institutions on a range of dimensions including rankings, recruitment, marking, study abroad and international partnerships. It is especially an interesting timing with Brexit which has a strong anti-immigration and anti-globalization rationales.

Larry Elliott, Guardian's economics editor noted that "Brexit is a rejection of globalisation...The EU has failed to protect its population from a global economic model that many believe is not working for them." Alan Ruby in his opinion piece in University World News wrote "...the signalling effect of a 'leave' vote is just another way of saying 'they are not the same as us', not equal, not to be trusted. It is a restatement of difference between self and other, them and us. And it will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming."

In this context talking about virtues of global citizenship and translating them into institutional strategies in the UK will not be easy, but it will be very important. Here is the brief description of our plenary on Global Citizenship and Student Success.

Global citizenship is a broad goal used to justify much educational activity in higher education, from curriculum design to student support. But what is global citizenship in the age of high rates of student mobility and shifting institutional demands? We argue that true global citizenship confers a sense of agency within the context of the larger macro forces of globalization. We then discuss ways in which institutions have harnessed this ideal for student success, defined according to a variety of metrics, drawing on examples from the United States. Finally, we consider the implications for universities of achieving--or not--global citizenship at both the mission level and the strategy level.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Related media mentions on Brexit
Data on Mobility and International Students in the UK
Article with Erich Dietrich on Rankings in India

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June 26, 2016

What will be the impact of Brexit on international student mobility?

The impact of Brexit on the global student mobility is going to be far reaching. With nearly 10% market share of globally mobile students, the United Kingdom is the second largest destination for international students. British higher education institutions enrolled 436,585 students in 2014. These international students formed nearly one out of every six student enrolled in the UK.

One of the prime reason for the growth in international student enrollment had been the mobility within Europe. In addition to quality, proximity, lower of cost education for EU students and common European Higher Education Area supported the growth of EU students which formed 29% of all international students in the UK. EU students were more likely to enroll in undergraduate degree programs.

Non-EU countries form 71% of international students. In last few years, the numbers of international students from non-EU countries have been stagnating on declining. For example, the number of Indian students coming to the UK declined by 18% from 2012-13 to 2014-15. China, the largest source country forming 29% of all non-EU students grew at a much slower pace of 7% in the same period. Non-EU students are more likely to enroll in postgraduate programs at master's level as compared to EU students.

Post-recession, UK policies have been making it consistently more difficult for international students to study and stay in the UK. For example, Post Study Work visa which allowed non-EU students to work for two years in the UK was abolished in 2012. With the strong anti-immigration stance of Brexit and an uncertain economic impact, many international students would start considering alternative destinations including some of the EU countries which have launched English-taught master's programs.

Despite the quality and value offered by many British universities, the negative perceptions and uncertainties triggered by Brexit will hurt international enrollment at these institutions.

In July, I will be in Liverpool to deliver a plenary with Erich Dietrich of NYU on Global Citizenship and Student Success at The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA), a membership organisation of 139 the UK higher education institutions and over 2,000 international recruitment and promotion professionals at UK higher educational institutions. I will be reporting more from the conference.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Data on Mobility and International Students in the UK
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June 14, 2016

NAFSA Webinar: Co-presenting on Key Considerations and Strategies for Pathway Programs

research, strategies and best practices on pathway partnerships for recruiting and growing international student enrollment NAFSA DrEducationNAFSA: Association of International Educators will be hosting live e-Learning Seminar "Pathway Programs: Key Considerations and Strategies" on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EST).

It will discuss different models of pathway partnerships and identify key considerations when making assessments and decisions on partnering with program providers. The event will offer a variety of ideas, examples, and resources that can be used to engage campus stakeholders in determining the appropriate strategy suited for the campus context.

I will be co-presenting with Mihaela N. Metianu, Director of international student and scholar services, Florida Atlantic University and Shannon Paul, Adelphi University, Director of international admissions.

As the principal researcher of the NAFSA Commissioned Research - "Landscape of Pathway Partnerships in the United States", I will present the preliminary findings of the Phase-1 focused on definition, typology and institutional characteristics of existing partnerships. Mihaela and Shannon will focus on bringing relevant perspectives related to their experiences in working with pathway providers.

The content will be relevant to those working in international student services; recruitment and admissions; intensive English programs; campus internationalization; and international education leadership.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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June 12, 2016

Presenting at AIEC Melbourne on Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility

I have been invited by The Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) to speak on the theme of "connectivity at the heart of international education" with a broad focus on technology, people and partnerships. The conference will take place from October 18-21, 2016 in Melbourne.

I will be speaking on "Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility" and illustrate the evolution, importance and implications of these megatrends for institutional strategies by addressing following questions:
- What is the impact of demographic and economic shifts regarding diverse needs and expectations of students?
- How is technology impacting the decision-making process and the mobility of international students?
- How are innovative models of institutional partnerships expanding choices for international students?

On average, 1150 attendees from over 400 organisations attend the conference each year with approximately 16 per cent of attendees coming from overseas. The conference will cover following broad tracks:
  • Admissions
  • Business development and strategy
  • Graduates, skills and employment
  • Learning and teaching
  • Marketing and communication
  • Mobility
  • Pathways
  • Policy and regulatory environment
  • Students
  • Transnational education
International Research Roundtable will also take place on Tuesday, 18, 2016. The Roundtable is  facilitated by IEAA’s Research Committee and the International Education Research Network (IERN).

I will be tweeting about the conference highlights with #AIEC2016 from @DrEducationBlog.

Look forward to attending AIEC.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Plenary speaker on global higher education trends and student mobility Dr Rahul Choudaha DrEducation at AIEC

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June 05, 2016

Presenting on International Student Success at NASPA Region II Conference

NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, with its 15,000 members is the leading professional association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

On June 5-7, NASPA Region II Conference will be held in New York City, at Jone Jay College of Criminal Justice. Over 600 higher education professionals will connect and share with each other new information, innovative ideas, and collaborative projects in advancing support and services to students at diverse colleges and universities.

I’m sure many are looking forward to meeting Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, and Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, The University of Pennsylvania at the conference.

I will be chairing a session on "Supporting International Student Success" on Monday, June 6.

Di Hu chairing session at NASPA on Supporting International Student Success interEDGE DrEducationHere is the abstract: As the number of international students grow on many campuses, student affairs professionals are facing increasing demand for support services and strategies that are cost-efficient, scalable and sustainable to serve this diverse group of students. Collaboration across campus for shared resources and programming becomes critical in achieving these goals. This interactive session will discuss strategies and experiences from three different perspectives--Office of International Student and Scholars Services, Academic Advising and Career Services.
The co-presenters are:

  • Erika Rohrbach, Director of International Student Services, Fashion Institute of Technology 
  • Leah McNally, Academic Advisor-International, Pace University 
  • Vyju Manian, Senior Associate Director, Center for Career Education, Columbia University 

I look forward to participating at the conference and will be tweeting @iStudentCoach. Here is the twitter handle for NASPA Region II.

- Di Hu
Co-founder, DrEducation and
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May 31, 2016

NAFSA Research on Landscape of Pathway Partnerships with DrEducation

We at DrEducation are pleased to undertake a commissioned research for NAFSA on an emerging trend of recruiting international students through Pathway partnerships.

The process of considering and implementing pathway partnerships has implications for campus stakeholders in different roles, including recruitment and admissions, academic services, and related support services.

In the first phase, the research analyzed publicly available data of 45 higher education institutions partnering with eight pathway providers. A working definition was developed along with a broad typology of pathway providers. The research examined key characteristics of institutions engaged in pathway relationships.

The next phase of the research will examine the complexity and diversity of decision-making processes related to pathway partnerships by taking a deeper dive into rationales, considerations and experiences of international educators.

Related links:
I will be presenting two interactive sessions at NAFSA conference in Denver to discuss the findings:
  • Soundstage Thursday, June 02 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Room: CCC, Hall A, 
  • NAFSA Pavilion Tuesday, May 31 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Room: CCC, Hall A
Landscape of Pathway Partnerships in the US universities and colleges for international student enrollment

Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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May 26, 2016

Webinar on Transnational Education: Recording of the Online Discussion with Global Experts

A global discussion on "Transnational Education: Growth at the Expense of Quality" hosted by University World News--an online publication focused on global higher education--in partnership with DrEducation received nearly 1,000 registrations from across the international higher education scene.

The panel discussion was led by Rahul Choudaha, PhD, Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation with following experts:

• Nigel Healey, PhD, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of College, Nottingham Trent University
• Jason E. Lane, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, State University of New York
• Elizabeth J. Stroble, PhD, President, Webster University
• Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, PhD, Deputy Head of Division and Senior Analyst, OECD

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May 18, 2016

NAFSA 2016 Denver Conference: A Milestone Conference

I will be attending NAFSA annual conference in Denver with my partner and co-founder, Di Hu, an expert in intercultural training and global program management. While I have delivered over 100 presentations at international education conferences, this is a special one for me on both personal and professional fronts.

I had some of the most important life changing experiences during my doctoral education at the University of Denver. Coming from India with engineering and business degrees, I socialized into a very different culture to pursue a PhD in Higher Education. It shaped my passion and commitment for international higher education and also shaped my interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.

Rahul Choudaha NAFSA Denver Pathway Hot Trends Insights Metrics on International Student Recruitment Enrollment

- At this conference I have the privilege to introduce Dr. Frank Tuitt, Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Denver. As my dissertation advisor at DU, Dr. Tuitt mentored, guided and prodded me to stay on course and have a fulfilling experience. He will be delivering an invited session on "Making Excellence Inclusive: Building Capacity for Institutional Transformation" on Tuesday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

- I have an opportunity to collaborate with two key connections from DU, who supported me with their advise at the critical junctures of my career. Michael Elliott, was director of ISSS and Marjorie Smith, was director of international admissions at DU. I am looking forward to co-presenting with both of them at this conference.

- This is also the third and final year of my engagement as the Chair-stream of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC). IEL KC offers programming and networking opportunities for Senior International Officers. I had an opportunity of collaborating with and learning from an amazing group of professionals.

- I'm excited about the research we are pursuing for NAFSA on the "Landscape of Pathway Providers in the US." NAFSA commissioned the research to understand the characteristics of pathway partnerships, develop a definition and typology and understand the experiences and decision-making processes of institutional stakeholders. We will be discussing the findings of the Phase 1 and conducting focus groups for Phase 2 at Denver conference. Here are two opportunities of engaging in a discussion on research findings:
SoundstageThursday, June 02 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Room: CCC, Hall A, Soundstage Area
NAFSA PavilionTuesday, May 31 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Room: CCC, Hall A
Wednesday, June 01 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Room: CCC, Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Defining metrics helps institutions to track, monitor, and assess their international enrollment strategies from the lens of what matters most—student success. This session brings together experts from diverse institutional settings to discuss strategic approaches to defining and achieving metrics of international student success.
- Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean, University of Denver
- Michael Elliott, Director, International Student and Scholar Services, University At Albany-SUNY
- Andrew Disbury, Director, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Wednesday, June 01 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Room: CCC, 505-507
What are the 2016 strategic priorities for senior international officers (SIOs)? How are SIOs addressing them? This interactive session will share the findings of a survey conducted by NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and discuss the implications for SIOs in achieving their internationalization goals.
- Dlynn Williams, Department Head, Political Science and Int'l Affairs, University of North Georgia
- Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of Int'l Programs at the University of Iowa
- Dorothea Antonio, Senior Director, Internationalization Services, NAFSA

I look forward to connecting with fellow international educators in Denver and on Twitter.

-Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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