The Journal of International Students has released a special issue on International Student Success featuring a selection of research articles and commentaries to enhance institutional readiness for supporting and advancing the success of international students.
Dr. Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher, DrEducation served as the guest editor of the special issue. Dr. Krishna Bista, Chase Endowed Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal.
The aim of this special issue is to advance the research agenda about the needs, experiences, and expectations of international students so that research can help build institutional readiness for supporting academic and career pursuits of international students.
This special issue includes a collection of 18 articles from 32 authors. They address several research concerns related to international student success including leadership self-efficacy, writing proficiency, mentorship, retention, student satisfaction, sense of belongingness, plagiarism, and career services.
International student enrollment in the U.S. universities and colleges has been growing at a healthy pace. Between 2001/02 and 2014/15, the number of international students in U.S. universities and colleges increased by 67% to reach nearly 974,926 students (Open Doors, 2015).
However, source countries and destination institutions skew this growth. For example, international students from the leading 10 places of origin grew by 121% and likewise, the leading 10 institutions of international student enrollment increased by 166%.
This dramatic and skewed growth has implications for international student success. It has exposed the lack of readiness of many campuses to engage and support international students. At many campuses, support services for international students only address immigration and visa compliance. International students need, deserve, and want more in terms of academic and career support.
It’s high time to stop treating international students as cash cows and embrace the values which institutions expect their students to manifest. To build a sustainable and an inclusive model of enrolling and integrating international students with local students and campus communities, institutions of higher education must invest in campus readiness.