College Experiences and Outcomes Among International Undergraduate Students at Research Universities in the United States: A Comparison to Their Domestic Peers

  • Young K. Kim Azusa Pacific University, United States
  • Christopher S. Collins Azusa Pacific University, United States
  • Liz A. Rennick Azusa Pacific University, United States
  • David Edens California State Polytechnic University, United States
Keywords: international students, college experiences, college outcomes, research universities

Abstract

Using a large dataset from a state education system, this study examined the experience of international college students in the United States as well as the connection to their cognitive, affective, and civic outcomes. The study utilized data from the 2010 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) and a sample of 35,146 junior and senior undergraduate students across 10 campuses. The results of this study showed that international students may uniquely experience college and may not benefit from those experiences as much as their domestic peers. Furthermore, this study identified a broad range of college experiences that contribute to the key outcomes for international students. The study discusses the theoretical and practical implications of the findings

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Author Biographies

Young K. Kim, Azusa Pacific University, United States

YOUNG K. KIM, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include college student development, conditional effects of college experience, and diversity and educational equity in higher education. Dr. Kim has published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals in the field of higher education, including Research in Higher Education and The Review of Higher Education. 

Christopher S. Collins, Azusa Pacific University, United States

CHRISTOPHER S. COLLINS, Ph.D., is assistant professor of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. His research interests include the role of higher education related to poverty reduction, knowledge extension, public good, and social rates of return. Recent publications include Higher Education and Global Poverty: University Partnerships and the World Bank in Developing Countries (Cambria Press, 2011) and Education Strategy in the Developing World: Revising the World Bank's Education Policy Development (Emerald Publishing, 2012). In addition, he has published articles in The Review of Higher Education, Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education. 

Liz A. Rennick, Azusa Pacific University, United States

LIZ A. RENNICK is a research and assessment analyst at the University of Arizona, as well as a doctoral student and graduate research assistant in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Her research addresses equity and opportunity in higher education, community college students, transfer students, and Latino college students. 

David Edens, California State Polytechnic University, United States

DAVID EDENS, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the Human Nutrition and Food Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. His research has focused on student success and learning among diverse student populations including international students, non-traditional students, and students attending for-profit colleges and universities. Dr. Edens has presented at conferences such as AERA and CSRDE, as well as published for Noel-Levitz and in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. 

Published
2017-04-01
How to Cite
Kim, Y. K., Collins, C. S., Rennick, L. A., & Edens, D. (2017). College Experiences and Outcomes Among International Undergraduate Students at Research Universities in the United States: A Comparison to Their Domestic Peers. Journal of International Students, 7(2), 395-420. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/387
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Research Articles