International Educator - July/August 2018 - 19

By Mark Toner

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IN A VIDEO THAT HELPED JUMP-START

a national campaign intended to reassure international
students considering U.S. institutions, three members

of the Temple University community toss an inflatable
globe into the air. "We are Temple. Philadelphia is our
home, and you are welcome here!" they exclaim.
The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, which has spread
to more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide, is a
reaction to the so-called "Trump effect." The current administration's combination of rhetoric and realities has contributed
to the well-publicized chill in international students opting to
study in the United States. At the same time, the inflatable globe
in the video serves as a reminder that U.S. politics represent
only one piece of the much larger globalized puzzle.

"There's an acknowledgement now that it's more than just the
Trump effect," says Ian Wright, director of partnerships for World
Education Services (WES). "That was the easy answer last winter."
It is becoming increasingly clear that these shifts in student
populations, which began before the 2016 U.S. presidential
election, represent more than just the impact of domestic politics. A combination of evolving enrollment patterns in other
countries, increased aspirations to create world-class institutions elsewhere in the world, and demographic and economic
shifts have all contributed to a rapidly changing-and somewhat
unpredictable-environment.

Role Reversal
The shifts in international enrollment have been dramatic.
After rising steadily for more than a decade, the number of
international students enrolled in U.S. institutions broke the
million-student barrier in the 2015-16 academic year. The
following year, however, the number of first-time international
students fell 3.3 percent, according to data from the Institute of
International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State's
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs-and the trend
appears to be accelerating.
A survey conducted by IIE and other education associations
in fall 2017 found an average decrease of 7 percent in the number
of newly enrolled students for the current academic year. Overall
numbers of enrolled students-which include those who have
been in the country for two or more years-lag shorter-term
trends and continue to flatten, according to IIE.
Even by late spring 2018, it was difficult for individual institutions to ascertain exactly how applications, admissions, and
deposits would translate into fall enrollments for the 2018-19
academic year. However, early signs suggest that the results "will
be similar to what was reported in 2017," says WES's Wright.
For individual U.S. institutions, the impact of these shifts has
varied, with enrollment trends largely driven by their own ongoing
efforts to diversify their international student populations.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - July/August 2018

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Brazil
Quick Questions
Feature: A Shock to the System
Feature: Something Old, Something New
Feature: Building on Strengths
Feature: Weathering the Storm
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF1
International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF2
International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF3
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - 7
International Educator - July/August 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - July/August 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 10
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 11
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 12
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 13
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 14
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Global Spotlight: Brazil
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 17
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: A Shock to the System
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 19
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 20
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 21
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 22
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 23
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: Something Old, Something New
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: Building on Strengths
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: Weathering the Storm
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - 43
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - July/August 2018 - 53
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