Following the second annual P3
– EDU Conference, hosted at George Mason University this past May, former GMU
President Angel Cabrera posited that “the private sector holds the key to
solving many of the challenges public and non-profit universities face.” The success
of such partnerships, he pointed out, depends on private sector parties’
capacity to support their higher education partners’ strategic goals, prioritize
student experience, and protect an institution’s academic integrity and reputation.
Student success and campus enrichment lie at the heart of every
INTO university partnership. From our
first with the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom to our most
recent with Hofstra University in New York, each of our partnerships is
predicated on supporting the university’s mission through comprehensive
initiatives led jointly by INTO Center staff and their university colleagues at
GMU, Colorado State University (CSU), and Drew University exemplify the
symbiosis INTO shares with its partners.
Student experience matters.
When international students feel welcome and supported across all
dimensions of their life at university, they contribute positively to their new
communities and graduate at higher rates.
INTO’s 22 university partnerships deliver exceptional
student experiences to students from around the world. In fact, 92% of international students across
INTO’s 12 university partners in the United States indicated that they were
satisfied or very satisfied with their experience in and out of the classroom
in the INTO University Partnerships 2019 Annual Student Survey.
In mid-July, alongside INTO’s academic directors’
conference, the student services teams that drive these incredible results convened
at Saint Louis University for their own student services conference. There, they shared best practices for student
care and some of the dynamic co-curricular initiatives they have launched on
their respective campuses to promote student success in tandem with academic
While it is critical to grow international student enrollments in INTO’s university partnerships, it is equally important to retain those international students in degree programs, support their academic success, and ensure their timely graduation. This is the complex task that academic faculty across INTO’s 12 university partnerships in the United States addressed over three days at the annual INTO academic directors’ conference at Saint Louis University (SLU).
Recently, some colleagues asked us whether there was any relationship between the political affiliation/control of states in the US and their success in attracting international students. Armed with Gallup’s state political affiliation analysis, we had a look.
identifies five categories: Strong Republican, Lean Republican, Competitive,
Strong Democratic and Lean Democratic.
Using those definitions we overlaid IPEDS data to identify the number of
international students and the extent to which those enrollments have grown or
declined between Fall 2015 and Fall 2017.
In the maps
below, the size of the bubble indicates the relative size of the international
student population in the State and the color is aligned with Gallup’s
definition of political affiliation.
So what are
International students enroll
everywhere but of the top ten most popular state destinations, six are either
strong or lean Democratic, three are
designated as competitive (Texas, Ohio and Florida) and one, Indiana is
designated as Lean Republican. This does not imply any particular political
affiliation amongst students. States
with strong Democratic leanings are home to large urban centers with big
concentrations of universities, including many of the Nation’s best known and
highly ranked. These large urban centers
are also home to multiple language schools, large community colleges and generally
offer strong employment opportunities.
In the first blog on
our global agent survey, we explored sentiment for various destinations around
the world. In this edition, we take a
closer look at what is important to agents and the students they counsel.
SEVIS, IIE, HESA, the OECD and Open Doors are useful
tools for helping us understand the global distribution of students – and for
establishing long term trends. But they
are not crystal balls. INTO’s latest
recruitment agent survey which polled more than 1800 counsellors across the
world produces revealing insights into their assessment for future student
enrollments in key destination countries. The survey, conducted in April 2019, includes almost 500 responses from China,
traditionally a blackspot for global polls of this nature – and making it the
most authoritative China agent insight survey ever conducted.
The dip in international student numbers in the United States captured in the latest data from the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is unsettling. A 3.1% decline in the number of international students in the US between December 2017 and December 2018 accelerates the 0.5% recorded in the SEVIS data from 2017.
The United States Department of Homeland Security recently released quarterly data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that revealed a 3.1% drop in the number of foreign students in the US—the difference between 1.21 million in December 2017 to 1.17 million in December 2018—sparking widespread concern throughout the international education field. The data confirms that nine of the 10 countries that send the highest volumes of international students to the US registered fewer numbers of student visa-holders in 2018 than they did in 2017. Additionally, it shows drops in all but six states’ share of the total international student population.
Balance or imbalance—Is there a gender disparity in international education in the United States? It is true that more female students come to the US to study than the combined total of US students who study abroad, but a greater proportion of those who study abroad from the US are female. To mark International Women’s Day and this year’s campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter, INTO’s Dana Bukenova and JP Deering examine some of the gender balances and imbalances that define the international education environment in the US.
INTO Giving raising $1 million to help schoolchildren and their teachers was a gigantic feat. When we saw we’d reached that million-high orbit, a thrill raced through us. We knew we’d done something monumental.
That ‘we’. That ‘we’ is important.
We, in this case, means thousands of INTO students and graduates from across the world, thousands of INTO employees and faculty, INTO’s global network of agents, INTO University Partnerships and university partners, and INTO’s founder.