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ERIC Number: EJ1097613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
International Freshman Performance: GPA, Retention, Graduation
Ward, Terri; Jacobs, Jonathan; Thompson, Roger T.
College and University, v91 n1 p2-10 Apr 2016
The number of international students enrolling at U.S. higher education institutions has increased dramatically in the last 20 years. U.S. institutions welcome these students as they affirm their academic reputation and their claims to provide a global experience for domestic students. Is this student group being served effectively? The increase in international enrollments begged exploration of this question specifically, how does the academic success of new international freshmen at the University of Oregon (UO) compare to that of their domestic peers: Are international freshmen at an academic disadvantage? To answer the research questions, ten years of retention coursework performance and graduation rate data for international undergraduate students at UO were analyzed. Three groups of new first-time freshmen between 2002 and 2012 were compared: International students, students who were residents of Oregon, and students who were from other U.S states (i.e., nonresident domestic freshmen). The data indicate that a traditionally at-risk population suffered from lower university GPAs as well as lower retention and lower completion rates. International students did not earn grades comparable to those of their domestic peers (2011 and 2012 cohorts), yet they performed better than their peers in terms of retention (2011, and 2012 cohorts) and six year graduation rates (2002 through 2006 cohorts). In terms of the ultimate university outcome-graduation- international students were successful and were not at a disadvantage.
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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 - Location: Oregon
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