Pandemic Repercussions

The Future of International Education at US Community Colleges


  • Heidi Fischer Old Dominion University
  • Melissa Whatley School for International Training



community college, international students, international recruitment, COVID-19 pandemic


The disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic have both short- and long-term repercussions on higher education. To crystallize these impacts in a sector that was particularly vulnerable to the economic effects of the pandemic, this mixed methods study explores the intersection of international education and community college responses to the pandemic. Findings indicated that due to the pandemic, community college international education programs faced a reallocation of institutional resources, both financial and otherwise, which shapes the educational opportunities available to students and informs the institutional habitus of the US community college. This study’s findings have implications in the areas of international student recruitment, limitationss to higher education access, and impacts on local and regional communities.


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Author Biography

Melissa Whatley, School for International Training

Melissa Whatley, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of International and Global Education at SIT. Previously, she served as a postdoctoral research scholar in the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University. Whatley is the author of An introduction to quantitative analysis for international educators, to be published by Springer this year, and is an active researcher, writer, presenter, and contributor to various professional associations. In her work, she explores issues related to underrepresented students in U.S. international education, particularly low-income and community college students.



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How to Cite

Fischer, H., & Whatley, M. (2022). Pandemic Repercussions: The Future of International Education at US Community Colleges. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 14(3a).



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