International, Inaccessible, and Incomplete

A Texas Case Study of International Student Websites

Keywords: access, admissions, application, internet, institutional websites

Abstract

As the number of international students attending U.S. higher education institutions has declined 2 consecutive years (Saul, 2018), several institutions are exploring ways to increase international student interest. In Texas, the sociopolitical climate has become increasingly anti-immigrant (Watkins, 2017), leading many international students to question whether study in the US is feasible and safe. As institutional websites have been found to be important sources of international student information (Huang & Bilal, 2017; Taylor & Bicak, 2018), this study examines international student information on all public, 4-year institution websites in Texas. Findings suggest international student materials are difficult to read, are rarely translated, and lack basic information such as cost and housing information. Implications for future research and practice are addressed.

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Author Biographies

Z.W. Taylor, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Z.W. TAYLOR, MA, MS, is a PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on linguistics, disability, and technology in higher education

Ibrahim Bicak, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

IBRAHIM BICAK, MA, MEd, is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on college access and success for underrepresented students, focusing on those who are first-generation college students from low-income families.

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Published
2019-11-15
How to Cite
Taylor, Z., & Bicak, I. (2019). International, Inaccessible, and Incomplete. Journal of International Students, 9(4), 1009-1014. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v0i0.756
Section
Research Articles