The “Redirecting” of International Students: American Higher Education Policy Hindrances and Implications


  • Hugo A. García Claremont Graduate University, United States
  • María de Lourdes Villarreal University of La Verne, United States



international students, migration, financial influences, higher education


International student mobility in higher education has gained currency as an important topic in today’s global, political, and economic environment. United States postsecondary institutions are working to expand their international student population to increase revenue and diversity. The current higher education and economic context has produced a “global war” to identify, recruit, and matriculate talented students who have become more mobile when selecting postsecondary education destinations. Thus, in order to provide a clear picture of the current status of international student migration to the United States, we sought to understand the following: 1)prestige as a determining factor in the selection of studying abroad for non-Americans living outside the United States; 2) federal and state financial influences that directly affect institutions’ abilities to enroll foreign students; 3) implications for postsecondary institutions in the United States; and 4) implications for scientific, cultural, and economic advancement for the United States.

Author Biographies

Hugo A. García, Claremont Graduate University, United States

Hugo A. García is a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University. His area of research pertains to access and equity in higher education, retention of underrepresented students at two and fouryear postsecondary institutions, international higher education, faculty diversity, and P-20 education pipeline. 

María de Lourdes Villarreal, University of La Verne, United States

María de Loudes Villarreal received her PhD in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She has an MA in Education and in English and currently teachers in the Writing Program at the University of LA Verne, California, USA. Her research interests include community college, student persistence, Latino/a and African American students, and developmental education. 




How to Cite

García, H. A., & Villarreal, M. de L. (2014). The “Redirecting” of International Students: American Higher Education Policy Hindrances and Implications. Journal of International Students, 4(2), 126–136.



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