ERIC Number: ED269111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Foreign Student Profile. Research Report No. 86-16.
In response to frequent data requests regarding foreign students at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC), this report presents an overview of foreign student enrollments in U.S. institutions of higher education and examines foreign student enrollments and completions at MDCC. Section 1 provides a national overview, covering U.S. colleges with the largest foreign enrollments and foreign student enrollments by state, field of study, and country of origin. Section 2 deals with MDCC foreign enrollments, indicating that Miami-Dade matriculated more foreign visa and refugee students (N=4,316) in 1984-85 than any other U.S. college. Tables profile foreign students by country of origin, immigration status, degree program, and campus, native language, place of residence, full-/part-time status, credits taken, and grade point average (GPA). Finally, section 3 provides program completion data for MDCC's foreign students by citizenship status, ethnicity, degree type, age at graduation, year of first admission, and miscellaneous student factors. Highlighted findings include the following: (1) the largest numbers of foreign students at MDCC come from the Caribbean Islands, Central America, and northern South America; (2) in the past 20 years, the number of foreign students enrolled at MDCC increased dramatically from 800 to 9,795 students; (3) visa students had the highest mean GPA and mean cumulative credits, resident aliens had mean GPA's that nearly equaled those of U.S. citizens, and refugees had somewhat lower GPA's than the other citizenship cohorts; (4) foreign students had higher mean hours earned and mean hours attempted than the MDCC student population as a whole; and (5) between 1980-81 and 1984-85, declines were seen in U.S. citizen and visa graduates in both numbers and percentages, while increases occurred in both resident alien and refugee graduation proportions. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.