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International Student Engagement: Strategies for Creating Inclusive, Connected, and Purposeful Campus Environments (Paperback)
  • International Student Engagement: Strategies for Creating Inclusive, Connected, and Purposeful Campus Environments (Paperback)

International Student Engagement: Strategies for Creating Inclusive, Connected, and Purposeful Campus Environments (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/12/2014
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This book responds to the growing calls among international educators, activists, and students themselves to pay closer attention to the qualitative dimensions of international students' experiences at U.S. colleges and universities.

This book outlines deep approaches to the academic and social integration of international students at U.S. colleges and universities. It describes concrete examples of strategies to enhance the international student experience across a wide range of institutional types, and explores actions that have enabled colleges and universities to create more inclusive, connected, and purposeful campus environments for international students. It fleshes out the effects of these actions through the first person narratives of international students themselves. It focuses on reinforcing an institution's existing strengths and capacities to help academic leaders at these institutions to develop comprehensive strategies that will enable the creation of inclusive campus climates for international students.

The book combines evidence derived from the national Global Perspective Inventory dataset, the experiences of institutions at the forefront in developing effective strategies, as well as first-person narrative experiences of international students to illustrate the real-life consequences of institutional policies, practice, and programs.

One of the aims of this book is to take readers on a journey, from community colleges to liberal arts institutions to large public flagship research universities, from rural parts of the U.S.to highly-populated urban areas in order to raise questions about the impact of the surge of international students in these environments and about the corresponding challenges that confront senior administrators seeking to strengthen and deepen connections for the students.

The book explores some of the actions that universities and colleges across the U.S. have taken to create more inclusive, connected, and purposeful campus environments for their international students, placing particular emphasis on the importance of tapping and reinforcing each institution's existing strengths and capacities in the development of strategies that will enable it to create more inclusive campus climates for current and incoming international students, and engaging in active collaboration with all departments and offices across the campus, with the larger community, and most important, with the international student community itself.

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
ISBN: 9781620361481
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm

"The number of international students continues to increase on U.S. campuses, presenting an increasingly pressing challenge on how to integrate these students into campus life. International Student Engagement admirably addresses this challenge by providing ample examples of what institutions across the United States are doing to support and integrate international students during their educational experiences. A must-read for all who work with college students!" -Darla K. Deardorff, co-editor of Building Cultural Competence and author of Demystifying Outcomes Assessment for International Educators, Duke University
"This is the first book of its kind to provide a holistic approach to the important and timely subject of inclusion and integration of international students and the structural forces at play. The authors draw from first person narratives, case examples of effective institutional practices and policies, and curricular and co-curricular initiatives to illustrate the myriad of ways to effectively engage international students and transform educational environments. The book gives voice to the international student experience and provides tangible and concrete examples of effective practices.
Every practitioner working with international students and committed to enhancing the student experience should read this book." -Fanta Aw, Hust Senior Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
"International Student Engagement is an excellent contribution to one of the most important topics in international education today. The book's firm grounding in the research literature is interwoven with the voices of international students to provide researchers and practitioners alike a rich resource on integrating international students into campus life."-Christine A. Farrugia, Senior Research Officer and Manager of Open Doors(R), Institute of International Education

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