Cognitive Skills Development Among International Students at Research Universities in the United States

  • Young K. Kim Azusa Pacific University, United States
  • David Edens California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, United States
  • Michael F. Iorio Loma Linda University, United States
  • Christie J. Curtis Biola University, United States
  • Edwin Romero Mt. San Antonio College, United States
Keywords: international students, cognitive skills development, college experience

Abstract

Set in the context of a statewide research university system, this study attempted to improve our understanding of cognitive skills development among international students. Specifically, this study examined how the patterns and predictors of cognitive skills development among this population differ from their domestic counterparts. The study utilized data from the 2010 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES). This study identified unique patterns in both cognitive skills development and college experiences among international students. Findings also suggest that some college experiences, such as research engagement with faculty and satisfaction with advising, can possibly facilitate greater gains in cognitive skills among 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.

David Edens, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, 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. 

Michael F. Iorio, Loma Linda University, United States

MICHAEL F. IORIO is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Technology at Loma Linda University; he is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education at Azusa Pacific University. His research interests include college student and faculty development, diversity and equity in higher education, and educational patterns among first-generation college students.

Christie J. Curtis, Biola University, United States

CHRISTIE J. CURTIS, Ph.D., is Graduate Chair and TPA Mentor of the School of Education at Biola University. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Her research interests include the challenges and benefits associated with international students, the importance of writing proficiency among domestic and international students, and the spirituality characteristics of educators teaching in other countries. Dr. Curtis has authored five levels of Grammar and Writing (Houghton-Mifflin) that has resulted in sales in excess of 1.5 million dollars.

Edwin Romero, Mt. San Antonio College, United States

EDWIN ROMERO coordinates student activities at Mt. San Antonio College. He is a doctoral candidate at Azusa Pacific University in the Ph.D. in Higher Education program. His research interests include student-faculty interaction, pathways to success for community college students, psychological engagement, and educational equity in higher education. Edwin has published in peer reviewed journals in the field of higher education, most recently in the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College.

Published
2015-10-01
How to Cite
Kim, Y. K., Edens, D., Iorio, M. F., Curtis, C. J., & Romero, E. (2015). Cognitive Skills Development Among International Students at Research Universities in the United States. Journal of International Students, 5(4), 526-540. Retrieved from https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jis/article/view/413
Section
Research Articles