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To compel Chinese students to improve
their English, universities could require
them to have U.S. roommates. Piletz had
some success doing this while at Jackson
State University. In her current post, she
bans students from speaking Chinese
in her office, even though she is a native
Chinese speaker. Universities could also
encourage local families to host foreign
students for the holidays, as they do at
Mississippi College.

Seasoned foreign student advisers know
what to do to support Chinese and other
international students. It’s not rocket science, says Yenbo Wu. “It’s a question of how
much time and energy schools spend on
dealing with the challenges and the intentionality to do it.”
IE
KYNA RUBIN is a freelance writer in
Portland, Oregon. She has written about
China and international higher education
for IE for many years.

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the university to be a bridge between MSU
and the Chinese campus community. Briggs
meets with them weekly for two hours, time
well spent, he feels.
The project has become a leadership
training ground for students who might not
otherwise get involved with the university.
With Briggs, they discuss academic honesty
and lack of Chinese classroom participation.
They’ve created a page on Renren (China’s
Facebook equivalent) that has become a
channel for the international office to see
what’s brewing within the Chinese campus
community and to get word out about university events and services.
Through Renren, for instance, Briggs says
he learned about students’ unhappiness with
how a local apartment complex was handling theft of Chinese student belongings—a
tense situation that his subsequent intervention was able to help diffuse. It was Project
Explore members who suggested MSU provide in-China predeparture briefings.
Other proactive steps schools can take?
Universities should not assume that Chinese
students will take advantage of school services
and activities on their own, says Yenbo Wu.
Schools could work more closely with Chinese
organizations such as the Chinese Student and
Scholars Association. According to Madelyn
Ross, George Mason University’s China coordinator, that national group is very active on
her campus, where it helps fill a service gap for
the international office by fetching students
at the airport and providing a rental housing
board. GMU student Qu Shengming feels
campuses could provide mentors to Chinese
students, perhaps focusing on China-born
upperclassmen or U.S. students interested
in China. Schools also could rely more on
Chinese faculty as a resource in advising
students from China, who respect authority figures, according to Yenbo Wu. Charles
Hou says that Chinese students are naturally
inclined toward membership and groups. Colleges could proactively encourage them to join
honor societies and spring break activities off
campus, according to several international office heads. Chinese students interviewed say
their campus writer center was helpful in helping them get through freshman English and
other writing-based classes.

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