Edited by D. Bruce Johnstone, Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio and Paul J. Yakoboski
Chapter 10: Bringing International Students to Campus: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How?
Charles E. Phelps My use of the standard list of traditional journalistic questions is more than whimsical; each of these questions deserves a good answer in terms of bringing international students to our US campuses. I hope to accomplish that goal for you by the time you finish reading this chapter. I will, however, divert from the sequence suggested in the title. By the end, I hope to have accomplished the goal of helping readers think about numerous issues associated with bringing international students to campus. Let us begin with the underlying logic of having international students on campus. WHY? (WHY SHOULD COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SEEK INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?) The most obvious answer to this question focuses on the core educational mission of your school. How much does diversity matter in your educational mission, and what do you mean by “diversity”? If the word mostly means bringing under-represented US populations to your campus, then thinking about international students may not make much sense for your school. Including international students in your definition of diversity has multiple positive benefits. First, of course, it can enrich the experience of all students at your campus, not to mention the horizons of faculty and staff. As the world becomes increasingly international in trade, travel, communication, and mass media, students’ familiarity with other cultures will help them understand and interpret the increasingly global world in which they live. The different perspectives brought by international students can also broaden everybody’s perspectives on social and ethical issues at...
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