International Educator - September/October 2019 - 21

COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

A New Course Forward
One innovation some U.S. institutions are attempting
with success is creating degree programs that
incorporate several areas of study-a natural fit for
developing partnerships within and across institutions.
"We are re-envisioning [the answers to:] 'What
does it mean to obtain an education, and what does
an education look like?'" says Wooster. "I think it's
really exciting. But graduate students coming from
abroad are not oblivious to that. As we create more
and more of these transdisciplinary degrees, I hope
we will see more interest, because they will find that
here [in the United States] and nowhere else."
The traditional singular degree track is no longer
as appealing to today's students. "More and more, the
kinds of challenges we face today are transdisciplinary
challenges," she says. "Things like homelessness, global
warming, or climate change are not challenges that can be
solved by one particular discipline or one particular field."
Institutions across the United States are establishing
new programming to prepare students to meet those
cross-national challenges affecting the present and
future. At UA, international graduate enrollment was
on a 15-year climb until this year, when it registered a
4 percent decrease. Applications are up, but they were
trending down the previous 2 years. To attract more
students, UA developed an interdisciplinary degree
in environmental dynamics that features faculty from
multiple departments exploring the interaction of
environment, society, and economy.
"We have huge capacity in this area," Rom says.
"It's a new field, and one of the reasons we went to
Indonesia and Southeast Asia is these fields are very
relevant to those countries. They're very interested in
how to be resilient-whether it be from a tsunami, or
how they plan for sustainability with rising oceans."
This summer, Rom and five of the university's
interdisciplinary graduate program directors in
fields ranging from environmental dynamics and
cell and molecular biology to big data analytics and
space and planetary studies made a recruitment
trip to Washington, D.C. There, they visited foreign
embassies and education ministries, Fulbright
sponsoring agencies, and global nongovernmental
organizations to discuss how the school's
interdisciplinary programs might be relevant to a
country's work and strategic needs.

The Power of Place
Another tactic that some institutions are using to appeal
to more international graduate students is leveraging the

Deeper Engagement
At the University of Arkansas (UA), the resounding message across
all platforms is: "One, you're welcome here. Two, you'll succeed
here," says Curt Rom, associate dean for international education.
Using its customer relationship management (CRM) tool
and social media, UA has shared this promise and furthered the
university's recruiting efforts. (Read more about getting the
most from CRMs on page 42.)
Yet, word-of-mouth endorsement is still powerful. Rom says
the university has begun developing resources for graduate
faculty and reaching out to international alumni. "We're
asking them to be our ambassadors and deputizing them in our
recruitment efforts," says Rom. "The idea is, we've looked them
in the eyes and said, 'You came to our university, you've had an
experience and got a degree here, you're now successful.' That's
the best story that could be told."
There is also a concerted effort to engage faculty because
much of graduate enrollment, especially at the doctoral level,
hinges on program reputation and faculty relationships and
partnerships. UA faculty members have to register when they
travel abroad, and the form they complete asks if they are
willing to recruit on behalf of the university and program during
their trip. In addition, faculty can apply for supplemental travel
funding when they participate in recruitment activities.

advantages of their location. Virginia Tech has long been
an attractive option to students from countries such as
China and India, as its graduate programs are heavily
focused on engineering, technology, and science.
"Our name lends people to think that we are
only that, while obviously we are a much more
comprehensive institution," says DePauw. "But we
are on the radar screen of a lot of the international
students for the degrees they are looking for."
That pull will likely become even stronger in the
coming years since Amazon selected Crystal City,
Virginia, as the site for a second headquarters. A
key factor in Amazon's decision was that Virginia's
bid included a proposal for Virginia Tech to build an
S E P T + O C T.2019 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

21



International Educator - September/October 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2019

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Chile
Quick Questions
Feature: Countering the Forces of Change
Feature: Raising the Bar
Feature: Branching Out
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
Forum
Take 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 1
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 4
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - From the Desk of
International Educator - September/October 2019 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 8
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 10
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Global Spotlight: Chile
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Quick Questions
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 14
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 15
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Countering the Forces of Change
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 17
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 18
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 19
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 20
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 21
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 22
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 23
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Raising the Bar
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 25
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 26
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 27
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 28
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 29
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Feature: Branching Out
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 31
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 32
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 33
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 34
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 35
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 36
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 37
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Education Abroad
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 39
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 41
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Enrollment Management
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 43
International Educator - September/October 2019 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 45
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Forum
International Educator - September/October 2019 - 47
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Take 5
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover3
International Educator - September/October 2019 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20191112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20190102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20181112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180708gfclone
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180102_supp
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20180102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20171112_supp
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20171112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_2070910_supp
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20170102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20161112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160304_fr
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20160102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20151112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20150102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20141112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20140102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20131112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20130102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20121112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20120102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20111112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nafsa/ie_20110102
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com