ERIC Number: ED451855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
International Students at Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
This digest focuses on issues surrounding international students in American community colleges. According to a survey conducted in 1996 by the American Association of Community Colleges, 80% of community colleges indicated having international students on campus, and this enrollment is increasing. The Chronicle of Higher Education states that twice as many international students are currently enrolled in community colleges today as were 10 years ago. There has been a large increase in students from East Asia, South Central Asia, and South East Asia, and moderate increases in students from Europe and Canada. The benefits to having these students on campus are numerous including: their presence promotes cultural awareness; and they can also be a source of revenue for the college. But the challenges faced by international students are also significant: some lack English preparation; experience a low level of interaction with domestic students; have difficulties with bureaucratic functions such as processing visas and securing housing in the surrounding area; and experience financial hardships. It is important for student services professionals to find ways to integrate international students with domestic students and the community at large. Cultural awareness workshops and personnel training should also take place on campuses to create a more welcoming environment. Contains 12 references. (Author/JA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Foreign Students, Limited English Speaking, Student College Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521. Tel: 310-825-3931.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.