The 2015 International Student Support and Integration Report, prepared by the University of Iowa International Student Committee, is now available. Covering the period from 2008-2015, the report assesses the growth and effectiveness of programs and initiatives related to international students on the University of Iowa campus.
“The International Student Support and Integration Report demonstrates that the success of our growing international student population is a responsibility not only of International Programs but of the entire campus,” explains Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs Downing Thomas. “The University of Iowa is committed to that goal, and to providing opportunities for global learning for all students right here in Iowa.”
According to Lee Seedorff, senior associate director of International Student & Scholar Services, this report was created to track internationalization efforts across campus since the inception of the International Student Committee.
“Part of the initial charge of the committee was to ensure the infrastructure across campus was in place to support the increasing number of international students, and suggest goals for limited areas to address those needs," Seedorff says. "Over the years the scope of the committee has grown, but the role of assessment and recommendations remains central to our work.”
The International Student Committee is a broad-based forum established not only for sharing information, best practices, and challenges across campus, but also for recommending changes, new ideas, and solutions to make the academic experience and campus climate better for international and domestic students alike.
Recent campus initiatives highlighted in the International Student Support and Integration report include:
- The establishment of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)
- Counseling services offered in Mandarin through University Counseling Services
- Additional opportunities for community leaders to learn about the international student population through workshops offered by International Programs
- Translated graduation ceremonies into Mandarin and Korean languages
- Creation of a UI Libraries task force to evaluate library services for international students