International Educator - January/February 2018 - 20

Priester says one of the most important things schools
Attending a U.S. high school provides Chinese
can do for international students is thinking about
students the "opportunity to learn and improve their
"how to get international students to communicate on
English before it is such high stakes in the university
a meaningful basis with American students. Not just a
experience," says Lellios. "They are learning about the
'Hey, how you doing?' but a 'What is life like for you?'"
culture, getting over the idea of homesickness, learning
and the ability to look beyond religion, race, or gender.
to be independent, and also making themselves com"High schools that are able to do that will give interpetitive with U.S. domestic [college] applicants." 
national students a significant advantage, regardless of
Professor Christine Yeh, whose research at the
where they are located," he says. 
University of San Francisco's School of Education
focuses on the experiences of Asian youth in the United
States, notes that the cultural gap is one that needs
Creating a Straight Pipeline
bridging for many Chinese students who hope to be
To be sure, U.S. colleges and universities are not passuccessful at U.S. universities.
sively waiting for these Chinese and other students with
For example, unlike in U.S. classrooms, where asking
U.S. diplomas to knock on their doors. Institutions have
questions is both normal and expected, "It's actually
minted affiliations with preparatory schools, and in
considered disrespectful in many Chinese classrooms
some cases even created their own in an effort to funnel
to ask questions because it can imply that the teacher
students directly from their secondary programs into
didn't explain the material well," Yeh says. One high
their postsecondary programs.
school Yeh worked with provided a workshop to help
Some institutions aren't even waiting for students to
students become more comfortable speaking up in class. grab their diplomas: "Early college" programs and com"Teachers came in and explained why it was important
munity colleges with high school completion programs
to ask questions and talk in
are also attracting significant
class, and then the students
numbers of Chinese students.
The decision these two students
practiced. ... It significantly
The High School Completion
made to leave their home countries
changed how students
Plus Program at Green River
for a high school education in the
approached class." Even small
College, a community colUnited
States
is
one
that
hundreds
of
steps, like arranging desks in
lege in Auburn, Washington,
circles instead of rows and
allows students to skip up to
thousands of families are making.
providing students with partwo years of high school and
ticipation grades, have proven effective in encouraging
begin taking college-level classes, graduating after about
classroom discussion, she says.
two years with both a high school diploma and an assoThe precollege language training and classroom
ciate degree that is transferable to a four-year university.
culture orientation may indeed give students an acaRoss Jennings, senior director of international educademic advantage when they're in college, but they don't
tion at Green River College, says that although the high
necessarily give them an edge when applying. In fact,
school completion program was originally started for
Bryant Priester, director of international admissions and
American students, it has become very popular among
recruitment at Purdue University, which has the third
international students, particularly those from China:
largest Chinese student population of any university in
Of the 600 Chinese students at Green River College,
the United States, is not convinced that Chinese students
about 40 percent are in the High School Completion
with U.S. high school educations fare any better during
Plus program. Jennings believes that the program, which
the college admissions process.
can save students both time and money, is particu"We've had students who have gone to high school
larly appealing to students from China because of the
in the U.S. and have done amazingly well and we've had
structure of secondary education there, with the final
others who struggled to make the adjustment to college,"
year dedicated to preparation for the National Higher
says Priester. "So when we are looking at applications we
Education Entrance Examination. "So, for students
are looking for the best students regardless of whatever
who know they are going to be studying abroad," says
sort of education system that they've been a part of."
Jennings, "they can relieve themselves of that extra very
Of the 302 Chinese freshmen to arrive at Purdue in fall
stressful year and come directly to us."
2017, he notes, 73 of them had attended high school in
International student recruitment has also helped
the United States.
Green River and other community colleges in
That's not to say that attending an expensive private
Washington state avoid some of the pain associated
U.S. high school is worthless to an international secwith shrinking state budgets. The colleges have received
ondary student hoping to succeed at a U.S. university.
some pushback, given their mandate to serve the local
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Malaysia
Quick Questions
Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
Advertiser Listings & Index
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 12
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 13
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Global Spotlight: Malaysia
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 17
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 19
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 20
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 21
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 23
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 24
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 25
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 27
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 28
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 29
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 31
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 33
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 35
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 37
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Forum
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 39
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Focus
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S5
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International Educator - January/February 2018 - S7
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S8
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S9
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