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ERIC Number: EJ1054788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2162-3104
Are International Undergraduates Struggling Academically?
Fass-Holmes, Barry; Vaughn, Allison A.
Journal of International Students, v4 n1 p60-73 2014
Are international undergraduates struggling academically, and are their struggles due to weaknesses in English as a second language? The present study showed that 1) at most 10% of these students in three cohorts (ranging in size from N = 322 to N = 695) at an American west coast public university struggled (quarterly grade point averages below C) in their university classes; 2) up to 63% of them struggled with English (they were required to take a local community college's English Composition and/or English as a Second Language classes, and up to 42% earned course grades of D or F in those classes); and 3) predictors shown to be statistically significant by hierarchical linear modeling each accounted for less than 5% of the total variance ("small" effect sizes). These findings suggest that only a minority of this university's international undergraduates struggle in their university classes even though a majority of them struggle with English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test); Test of English as a Foreign Language
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