ERIC Number: ED407031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Recruitment Dynamic of Foreign Students into United States Postsecondary Institutions: The Implications for Education and International Development.
Ubadigbo, Fidelis Njide
The enrollment of foreign students in U.S. postsecondary educational institutions has far reaching implications for world education and international development. An analysis of enrollment data, however, indicates a wide variation in enrollment by region and country. In 1992-93, approximately 59% of the 439,000 international students enrolled in American colleges and universities came from South, Central, and East Asian countries, and data for 1993-94 showed dramatic increases for these areas. In contrast, between 1985 and 1994 enrollment of students from the United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand increased only moderately, while the enrollment of Middle Eastern, African, and Latin American students declined steadily. China, Korea, and India showed very sharp increases in enrollment; while enrollment in Nigeria, Venezuela, and Iran declined drastically. Enrollment of students in Malaysia showed a moderate decline. Regions of Africa and Latin America that have experienced sharp declines in enrollment will witness low quality education, limited transfer of modern technology, less economic development, decreased literacy rates, and generally low standards of living. Community colleges, with their open door policy and quality education system, can make a difference if they recruit students from regions of the world with declining enrollment. (HAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Community Colleges for International Development (20th, Orlando, FL, February 2-4, 1997).