ERIC Number: ED399862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Immigration and Higher Education: Institutional Responses to Changing Demographics.
Gray, Maryann Jacobi; And Others
This report presents the results of case studies of 14 institutions of higher education regarding the challenges presented by the increase in immigration and the ways in which these institutions respond to the needs of immigrant students. Chapter 1 discusses study goals, access to education, student retention, and academic achievement. Chapter 2 overviews the higher education context, discusses maintaining a balance between access and academic standards, and notes the lack of data about immigrant students. Chapter 3 examines strategies involved in recruiting immigrants, financial aid, and institutional responsibility and policy. Chapter 4 focuses on academic support and retention, including testing, the faculty perspective, language competency, and cultural barriers. Chapter 5 reviews programs of instruction in English as a second language. Chapter 6 discusses extracurricular programs and support services. Chapter 7 presents the following major findings: (1) immigrants were not a targeted population on the 14 campuses studied; (2) respondents believed that immigrants do better than native-born students; (3) there was consistent opposition to the introduction of special support programs targeting immigrants; (4) inadequate language skills were reported as the most outstanding problem of immigrants; and (5) eligibility requirements for admissions and financial aid were often misunderstood and unevenly implemented. Institutions are urged to focus greater attention on immigrant students. (Contains approximately 100 references.) (CK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Change Agents, Change Strategies, College Faculty, College Students, Communicative Competence (Languages), Context Effect, Demography, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Eligibility, English (Second Language), Enrollment Management, Extracurricular Activities, Financial Support, Higher Education, Immigrants, Institutional Role, School Holding Power, School Responsibility, Standards, Student Needs, Student Recruitment, Testing
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Center for Research on Immigration Policy.