Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting International Graduate Students

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Gain ideas on how to improve your international graduate student support strategy.

While every graduate student is faced with challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, international students must navigate especially difficult circumstances as they cope with shifting visa regulations, travel restrictions, and an increased perception that they are not welcome in the United States. As international students represent a major portion of the graduate population, it is critical to identify methods to support and retain them in order to maintain the academic, financial, and cultural integrity of your institution.

Join us and your peers online for a 1.5-hour brainstorming and discussion session to share strategies and ideas and to have the chance to benchmark and ask questions. You will actively participate in group discussions framed around the following aspects of supporting and retaining international graduate students this fall:

  • Recruitment and yield enhancement strategies
  • Academic support measures
  • Research support strategies
  • Other support considerations

Please note that the focus of the discussion will be around academic, research, and other support strategies graduate enrollment managers are leveraging for their international graduate students. There will NOT be an in-depth focus on visa or regulatory issues.

 

Who Should Attend

Individuals and teams responsible for the enrollment and retention of graduate students will find value in this dialogue. Representatives from Enrollment Management/Admissions, as well as those in Academic Affairs who have enrollment responsibilities (such as Deans, Program Directors, and Faculty members), are encouraged to attend and participate.

 

Agenda

This 1.5-hour webcast will feature discussions around the following topics (the questions listed are meant to be illustrative and are not exhaustive):

  • Recruitment and Yield Enhancement
    • How are you accommodating international students who are unable to physically reach your campus?
    • How are you maintaining engagement with your prospective International students?
  • Academic Support Strategies
    • What kinds of academic support are you providing to current international students who will be physically on campus this fall?
    • What measures are you putting in place to provide academic support to students who are unable to physically return to campus?
  • Research Support Strategies
    • How are you navigating research responsibilities for graduate students who are not on campus?
  • Other Support Strategies
    • How are you building community for international graduate students?
    • What other types of support are you providing for students during this time? (i.e., mental health, career development, food pantry, etc.)

 

Questions About the Event? Email this event's Program Manager, Kate Poisson.

Speakers

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Chris Connor

Assistant Dean and Chief Enrollment Officer, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York (SUNY)

With over twenty years of experience in higher education, Chris’s experience includes leadership roles in undergraduate and graduate education both from an institutional and academic unit perspective. In his current role, he focuses strategically on all aspects of the graduate student lifecycle including new program development, international and domestic recruitment for both traditional and online programs, enrollment planning, financial aid leveraging, diversity programs, graduate and undergraduate student professional development and alumni engagement.

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Joshua LaFave

Director of Graduate Business Programs, Clarkson University

Joshua LaFave’s experience over the past 10+ years has included a comprehensive canvas of Graduate Enrollment Management functions. These roles have included enrollment planning, marketing and recruitment, admissions, student services, retention, advising/coaching and career planning. In his current role, Joshua is responsible for all elements of the graduate student lifecycle, as well as the college’s special sessions, early college programs, non-credit offerings, and conferences/special programs.

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