ERIC Number: ED457816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Faculty Perceptions of Graduate International Students: The Benefits and Challenges.
Trice, Andrea G.
The attitudes of faculty members toward international students were studied through comparative case studies of four academic departments at three professional schools of a Midwestern university. The focus was on graduate students because most international students at a 4-year institution study at the graduate level. In all 54 faculty members in the public health, architecture, mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering departments were interviewed. Faculty members displayed a range of awareness of any problems international graduate students might have. Some observed few differences between domestic and international students, but most indicated an awareness of academic and personal issues such students face. Most recognized difficulties with English as a major hurdle for these students, and more faculty members were aware of language problems than any other issue. Many acknowledged the difficulties in cultural adjustment. Faculty members tended to identify the same areas students in other studies had indicated as obstacles in their studies in the United States. Some differences among departments are noted. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (26th, Richmond, VA, November 15-18, 2001).