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Ohio University reworked
its bridge program
to allow international
students more flexibility
in which classes they take.
As part of the program,
students meet with ELS
instructors to discuss
their courses, which
provides both academic
and social support.

Effects on Staff and Students
In the face of enrollment declines, some IEPs have
shut their doors, and others have had staff cutbacks.
The American Language Program at California State
University-Fullerton closed after the spring 2018
semester, citing changes in the global environment for
English instruction.
"Universities that are known as research schools
with national rankings are not impacted as much as
regionally ranked schools," says Patricia Juza, director
of the International English Center at the University of
Colorado-Boulder and president of University and College
Intensive English Program (UCIEP), a consortium of 80
university-administered intensive English programs.
At those schools that have been affected by staffing
cuts, program directors might now be teaching classes,
and directors and faculty members may be handling
marketing or recruiting duties, Juza says. "They need to
have flexibility."
Other changes include introducing more short-term
and customized programs, she says, which can provide
new challenges because they can be labor intensive.
Staff must conduct more placement testing, arrange
onboarding and registration, and line up housing for
incoming students.

There can also be challenges for students who are
applying for visas to study English in the United States.
Some cases are coming under increased scrutiny from
U.S. embassy staff, who may think that students can learn
English at institutions in their home countries or online.
"It's hard to learn a language just through a machine.
The cultural pieces are missing," Juza says. "We've always
had bipartisan support that English is a valid study."
The potential challenges of obtaining a visa have
some students wondering if "they might not be as
welcome as they used to be," says Daniel Evans, director
of English Language Programs at St. Michael's College
in Colchester, Vermont. He says a group of Chinese high
school students were scheduled to come to St. Michael's
for a short-term English program, but the trip was canceled when half of the students were denied visas.
The students who do get visas and come to the
United States to improve their English often have higher
levels of English language proficiency, so lower-level
programs may have a shortage of students.
"The perception is that if you have stronger English
skills, the chances of getting a visa are higher," says
John Binkley, associate dean of the Tseng College of
Graduate, International and Midcareer Education at
California State University-Northridge.

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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
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - GF3
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - July/August 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - 11
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Global Spotlight: Brazil
International Educator - July/August 2018 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: A Shock to the System
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - Feature: Something Old, Something New
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International Educator - July/August 2018 - International Education Leadership
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