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International admissions and recruitment evaluation program: a study at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Gyesi, Mavis (2021) International admissions and recruitment evaluation program: a study at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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Internationalization of higher education growth has plummeted since the 2010 tightening of migration policy. The dynamics related to the relationship between international students seeking higher education in the United States and the institutions seeking to recruit these students reveals an area of interest. The study was envisioned and designed to describe and evaluate Northern Arizona University’s recruitment program effectiveness and suggest best strategies and practices to improve international students' enrollment. Given the context that this study occurred during a global pandemic, the researcher found that intrinsic factors may be critical to understanding nuances of any strategy at this time in history. To accomplish this goal, the researcher followed a paradigm examining existing data supplemented with interpretation from administrative personnel within the Center for International Education, NAU. Based on a descriptive research design, this study analyzed application, enrollment, and retention data of undergraduate and graduate students with F1 visas and exchange students with J-1 visas from countries such as China, India, Ghana, Kuwait, Nigeria, etc. The existing data allowed the researcher to address the research questions by compiling descriptive statistics that led to quantitative data representation. The study found that out of the fourteen cultural groups purposely selected, the largest application and enrollment population came from Asia. The Asia region containing China, India, Kuwait, Vietnam, and Iran had the most applicants and enrollment populations.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: International students; Recruitment; Northern Arizona University; Asian students
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Social and Behavioral Science > Sociology and Social Work
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2022 19:35
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2022 19:35
URI: https://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5767

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