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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
By Glenn Cook

Clearing a Path
Campuses Find Pathway Programs Increasingly Vital to International
Student Success
AS GROWTH IN THE NUMBER of international applications to U.S. colleges and universities
falls, institutions are widening their recruitment efforts to include more students in regions
off the beaten path, including many lacking advanced English language proficiency. To help
ease the language transition and help pave the way for academic success for students from this
expanding universe of backgrounds, many institutions have turned to pathway programs.

Built around coursework designed to help international students improve their written and spoken
English skills at the start of their higher education
experience, such programs have had a presence in the
United States for more than a decade. But as increasing
numbers of U.S. colleges and universities have come
to rely on international enrollment to meet revenue
and internationalization goals, pathway programs have
recently taken on a new importance.

Bridging a Gap
Jeffrey P. Smith, acting director of the International
Scholar Transition Program at Ohio Northern
University, says pathway programs offer students an
opportunity to prove themselves despite their language limitations.
"The whole determination on whether they get a
degree should not be based solely on a test score," Smith
says. "These are students who are close but not quite
there, and they need help with bumping up their writing
skills, their vocabulary, and their ability to listen and
understand the language. Through our program they
have the ability to prove to the university that they can
make it and thrive here."
Likewise, the University of Arizona's Center for
English as a Second Language (CESL), which established its program in 2012, now serves 25 to 50
undergraduates who take a series of eight-week courses
focused on polishing their English proficiency. Amber
M. Tetreau-Segura, associate director of admissions,
immigration, and student services, says "almost 100
percent" of the cohort's students have continued their
studies at the university.
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"Cohorts provide a sense of community and support
for the students," Tetreau-Segura says. "They provide the
students with a soft landing into university academic
courses and teach students how to build the networks
they need to be successful both during their time in the
university and postgraduation."

Making It Happen
In 2014, the University of Colorado-Boulder developed
an ESL Academic Bridge Program that now serves more
than 100 undergraduates, most of whom come from
China. "The goal is to complete the program in one
academic year, but we have some students who come in
needing a brush up on their language skills and others
who need a little more time to complete the bridge,"
says Patricia Juza, director of the International English
Center at the university.
Juza, who also serves as president of the Consortium
of University and College Intensive English Programs,
says what impressed her about the University of
Colorado's pathway efforts is its focus on transparency:
The program was established with the cooperation of
all of the university's deans, the provost, and chancellor,
and students' academic credentials are vetted before
they are admitted.
"There are no bait and switches with this program,"
Juza says. "We make sure they know what they're getting into up front. They know the credits they are earning in the program are recognized and transferrable.
That's important, because this is a major investment on
the part of their families, and we want to make sure they
are successful once they do matriculate full-time into
the university."



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2017

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: A Healthy Balance
Feature: Mental Health: Leveraging Resources
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2017 - From the Desk of
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Global Spotlight: Iran
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 17
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 18
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 19
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 20
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 21
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 23
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 24
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 25
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 26
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 27
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 29
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 30
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 31
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 32
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 33
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Education Abroad
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 35
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 36
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 37
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 39
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Enrollment
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 41
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 42
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 43
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 45
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Forum
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 47
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Focus
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