ERIC Number: ED356709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
International Students at Fort Hays State University: An Impact Analysis.
Potts, Joe D.
This paper presents a summary of selected data and issues related to international education at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Kansas focusing specifically on international student populations. The paper also outlines results of recent initiatives to increase international student enrollment at FHSU together with a summary of arguments supporting such increases. The paper notes that FHSU is the least internationally-oriented of the Kansas state universities, that it is the only institution without at least one full-time staff member dedicated to the international area, and that recent efforts at FHSU to increase international enrollment have yielded an increase of 360 percent (from 39 to 180). The paper argues that international students provide educational benefits in improved academic standards, a disproportionate impact on graduate school full time enrollment, utilization of excess capacities at the undergraduate level, and an elastic supply of talent for research and teaching assistantships and future faculty. The paper also points out the economic benefits to the state of Kansas from the international students at the state institutions in jobs, tax revenue, and expenditures. Recommendations include an initial enrollment target of 275 internationals and establishment of a full-time position to coordinate international student services. (JB)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Educational Economics, Enrollment, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Peer Institutions, Program Evaluation, School Policy, State Universities, Student Recruitment
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: NAFSA - Association of International Educators, Washington, DC.