ERIC Number: ED331357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Student Advising as a Profession: The 1984 Survey. NAFSA Field Service Working Paper #4.
Millett-Sorensen, Karin; Crownhart, Skip
A survey of foreign student advisors (n=800) with a response rate of 485 or 61% was conducted in 1984 to provide the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA) with data on the backgrounds of its members. Findings indicated that: (1) less than 50% were employed on a full-time basis; (2) over 94% held academic degrees; (3) there was very little homogeneity in educational background among advisors with only 18% holding degrees in education; (4) 70% identified contact with different nationalities as the most enjoyable activity in their work; (5) over 60% agreed that the foreign student advisor is often the least influential in the entire organizational structure of the university; (6) 86% ranked cross-cultural counseling as the most useful skill while 64% listed cross cultural sensitivity as the most valuable personal quality needed; (7) there was a 40% shift in reporting lines for foreign student advisors since the 1961 Higbee study; and (8) about 50% indicated the Office of Foreign Student Advising was allocated a separate budget. Foreign student advisors strongly felt that NAFSA should play a greater role in enhancing their status within institutions of higher education, should focus more on foreign student advisors as professionals, and should establish criteria for entry in the field. The survey and four references are appended. (LPT)
Descriptors: Colleges, Counselor Characteristics, Educational Background, Foreign Student Advisers, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Surveys, Universities
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC. Field Service Program.
Identifiers: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Association for Foreign Student Affairs Conference (39th, Long Beach, CA, May 26-29, 1987).