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FOREIGN STUDENT AFFAIRS
By Dana Wilkie

Assessment 101: Measuring the Success
International Student Integration

The program-the Romance Languages Living and
Learning Community (RLLLC)-is one of two at the New
Paltz campus designed to integrate students from abroad
into the school community.
"We have had considerable success using living learning communities to integrate international students,"
said Bruce Sillner, dean of the Center for International
Programs at the New Paltz campus, who notes that the
second program allows domestic students studying Chinese and Japanese to live with students from China and
Japan. "We pair as roommates an international student
with an American student who might be an area-studies or language major, or may have, or intend to, study
abroad. The [students] plan a wide range of activities-
lectures, film series, field trips, as well as culinary events."
The program sounds like a sure way to acclimate foreign
students to a U.S. university. But how can international

student advisers and others on campus actually measure
how well-how fully-international students are integrating into a school? And how does such an assessment
benefit the institution and future international students?
Those who lead university integration programs
say that measuring those programs starts with a firm
definition of "integration," requires a clear idea of why integration is important to a school, sometimes demands
exhaustive surveys, focus groups, and research, and can
never be left solely to international programs, but is
instead a campuswide effort involving faculty, academic
departments, and domestic students.
"Without the assessment of efforts to integrate international students, there would be no way of knowing whether
or not [students] are becoming integrated," said Sarah
McClanahan, student engagement coordinator in the
Global Programs Office at Pennsylvania State University.

PENN STATE

AT THE STATE UNIVERSITY of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz this fall, 16 students will
move into three suites at Crispell Hall set aside for one purpose-to pair U.S. students studying
either the romantic languages or Latin American culture with students from France, Italy, Latin
America, and Spain.

Penn State's Foundations in Global Engagement first-year program for students assists with integration, relationship building, and cultural
awareness. Here is a photo from the end of the year celebration at the culmination of the program.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2016

Frontlines
In Brief
Insights
Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover1
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Going Social
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Advice from the Field
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S7
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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