ERIC Number: ED214487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The College, the University and the Foreign Student.
National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.
Ways in which American colleges and universities can strengthen their foreign student programs are examined. It is suggested that foreign student programs now in operation in U.S. colleges should be viewed as part of the total international commitment of each institution and should be coordinated and interrelated with all other aspects of that commitment. There is a new dimension in educational exchange: the increasing use of education as a means of furthering the economic, political, and social development of emerging countries. These objectives cannot be achieved except by cooperation among universities, governments, foundations, international organizations, and other agencies. With respect to admissions, the basic task is to admit those students whose objectives can best be served by the resources of a particular university. In some cases, this may mean admitting an applicant from a developing country whose background may not be equal to that of a candidate from an educationally more advanced nation. Prior competence in English should not be a decisive criterion for admission, but sufficient training in English should be made available to those who need it. Foreign students need help in mastering the operations of the American campus and they should be exposed to American life in its broadest aspects. Academic advising should take place throughout the student's educational career, and academic advisers should work closely with the foreign student adviser. In addition, personal counseling of foreign students is an importrant component of the university's responsibility. It is proposed that adequate programs of services to foreign students require more institutional budgetary support than is now being assigned for this purpose. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, Washington, DC.
Note: Reprint of 1963 report with new foreword.