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In addition, the findings indicated that domestic students could be more involved in the
international student integration experience.
What did Hanasaab's office do with its
findings? For one thing, it partnered with
UCLA's Intergroup Relations Program to provide more opportunities for international and
domestic students to talk about their diverse
backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. For
another, it redoubled its efforts to involve domestic students in integration by collaborating
more with other departments on campus.
Hanasaab recommended sharing assessment data-preferably using a synthesis or
summary-to help those outside the school's
international student offices to interpret what
the findings mean to a campus. Hanasaab's
office shared the data at an annual training for
campus staff and administrators so they might
have the resources "and inspiration to refer
their international and domestic students
to our office and create their own integration-based programs in their own settings."
"Data can pave a new way and inspire action,
so use it well," she said. "If it's only the international student and scholar services office
doing the work of integration, we should not
expect to succeed."

A Universitywide Effort
The University at Buffalo (UB) assembled a
formal task force to suggest ways to improve
the integration experience for international
students. The Task Force on International
Student Inclusion and Engagement started
by surveying international students and
university faculty.
"Assessment has been key to our integration and inclusion efforts so far," said Stephen
C. Dunnett, professor and vice provost for
international education at the University at
Buffalo. "We need to be able to evaluate the
success of our efforts to date and determine
where the greatest areas of need are at UB."
The school's survey of international
students examined all of the important dimensions of the student-abroad experience,
including arrival and orientation, academics, housing, campus engagement, and
career preparation. The survey of UB faculty

sought to determine how to improve academics and programming so that both were
more enriching for international students.
The surveys were followed by focus
groups of students and faculty to explore
issues and concerns raised in the surveys.
Adjustments were made, semester by semester, to integration programs.
"Much of the analysis and the resulting
recommendations in the task force report
are based on the survey data collected from
students and faculty-in addition to the insights of the task force members themselves,
who represented all the relevant areas of the
university," he said.
Dunnett strongly recommended such
a task force in assessing international integration-in part because it can take a
comprehensive and institutional approach
to integration, as well as the barriers to it,
and in part because such a body tends to
earn campuswide attention.

"Our task force demonstrates the value of
an institution-wide approach, and its report
will command the attention of units across
campus, which have to take seriously this responsibility," he said. "[Our office is] a critical
player and the chief advocate, but we must
marshal the efforts of colleagues across the
university if we are to be successful. Our office alone cannot accomplish the integration
of our international students. A key lesson
learned is that integration is truly a university-wide responsibility and that domestic
students have a critical role to play in making
our campus a more welcoming and supportive environment for international students.
It's also the responsibility of the academic
units which admit international students to
be concerned about their integration." IE
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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
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