Over the past decade, a wave of Chinese international undergraduate students--mostly self-funded--has swept across American higher education. From 2005 to 2015, undergraduate enrollment from China rose from under 10,000 to over 135,000. This privileged yet diverse group of young people from a changing China must navigate the complications and confusions of their formative years while bridging the two most powerful countries in the world. How do these students come to study in the United States? What does this experience mean to them? What does American higher education need to know and do in order to continue attracting these students and to provide sufficient support for them? In Ambitious and Anxious, the sociologist Yingyi Ma offers a multifaceted analysis of this new wave of Chinese students based on research in both Chinese high schools and American higher-education institutions. Ma argues that these students' experiences embody the duality of ambition and anxiety that arises from transformative social changes in China. These students and their families have the ambition to navigate two very different educational systems and societies. Yet the intricacy and pressure of these systems generate a great deal of anxiety, from applying to colleges before arriving, to studying and socializing on campus, and to looking ahead upon graduation. Ambitious and Anxious also considers policy implications for American colleges and universities, including recruitment, student experiences, faculty support, and career services.
This book addresses the core issues surrounding international students' physical and virtual connectedness to people, places and communities as well as the conditions that shape their transnational connectedness and identity formation.
Chapter 2. Hand-in-hand with the continuing drive to recruit international students to Western universities goes an interest in student engagement. However, it is often unclear exactly what is meant by engagement. This book goes beyond the policy rhetoric to provide a practice-based explication of international student engagement and its enabling institutional conditions. By utilising a social practice conceptual model, the book explains the multiple dimensions of engagement that are often conflated in policy: the antecedents to engagement, the actions of engaging, and the achievements and outcomes of engagement. As a result, the book is able to address issues such as how English comes to matter in international student academic practice; the teaching and assessment approaches that promote international student engagement; and the metacognitive, cognitive and affective strategies that international students use to achieve academic and personal transformation.
"Experiencing success and happiness as a student on campus requires you to make an effort to get connected, understand and be tolerant of cultural differences, identify leaders and their respective roles, and become knowledgeable with the different departments at your college or university."
A fascinating and important history of non-US students in American higher education. The book will have appeal to specialists in student services, but also to the thousands of faculty members responsible for teaching and mentoring foreign students.
International Student Support and Engagement in Higher Education examines innovative practices in campus, academic, and professional support services which serve the various and unique needs of international students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees. Divided into three sections pertaining to campus, academic and professional support services, the authors present case studies and original research that examine strategies for how institutions of higher education can operate to promote international student success beyond the classroom. The international range of contributors showcase research from across Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Senegal, Thailand and the US. Foregrounding support services with innovative and successful methods for collaborating with one another, the book crucially addresses how the myriad support services available on campuses can work together to support international students and foster a sense of belonging and connection, rather than maintaining a focus on acculturation. It examines the origins of these partnerships, asking whether the services are designed to support the international student community specifically, or to serve the student population more generally. Identifying new emerging trends and with a view to establishing a broad and global context for best practices in international student support, this book will appeal to faculty, researchers, scholars, and scholar-practitioners with interests in higher education, student support services and international and comparative education.
Social Justice and International Education: Research, Practice, and Perspectives brings together a group of educators, scholars, and practitioners in the field of international education who are doing important and innovative work promoting social justice, confronting inequality, and fostering social responsibility in a global context. The book does not operate on a singular definition of social justice; rather, the authors describe their own working definition and how it has guided their international education work. Divided into three parts, the book explores social justice research, social justice in practice, and different perspectives from practitioners across the field.
Student Engagement in Higher Education fills a longstanding void in the higher education and student affairs literature. In the fully revised and updated edition of this important volume, the editors and chapter contributors explore how diverse populations of students experience college differently and encounter group-specific barriers to success. Informed by relevant theories, each chapter focuses on engaging a different student population, including: low-income students, students of color, international students, students with disabilities, LGBT students, religious minority students, student-athletes, homeless students, transfer students, commuter and part-time students, adult learners, student veterans, and graduate students. The forward-thinking, practical strategies offered throughout the book are based on research and the collected professional wisdom of experienced educators and scholars at two-year and four-year institutions of higher education. Current and future faculty, administrators, and student affairs staff will undoubtedly find this book complete with fresh ideas to reverse troubling engagement trends among various college student populations.