Student Affairs

Immigration Policy and Student Affairs: Dealing with the New Normal

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Aaron Hughey
Price: $108.00

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Join us for an interactive webinar where you will learn:

  • Evidence-based best practices for enhancing immigrant student persistence to graduation at U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Strategies and programs designed to maximize immigrant students’ success.
  • Recommendations as to how these services and activities can be successfully implemented.

The focus will be on meeting the evolving needs of immigrant students studying in the United States and helping institutions identify the specific programs and initiatives best suited to their particular environments as well as how to implement them in an effective and efficient manner.  

Trends indicate a need for additional support for immigrant students attending postsecondary institutions in the United States, which is why this webinar will highlight what is known as ‘Generation 1.5.’ Generation 1.5 college students are typically the children of immigrant parents who were either born in this country or were brought to the United States before entering their teen years. They have been raised within the context of their cultural heritage at home while having to assimilate into their new culture outside the home environment. This duality has a profound impact on their ability to understand where they “fit in” in a variety of contexts – including higher education. 

Brief outline: 

The outline for this webinar will be as follows:

  • Generation 1.5: Understanding a Key Demographic
  • Retention of Immigrant Students: What the Research Demonstrates
  • Best Practices in Immigrant Student Retention to Graduation
  • The Specific Components of a Successful Immigrant Student Retention to Graduation Program
  • Specific Persistence Initiatives: Before, During and After Matriculation

Learning outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Investigate how the current political environment potentially impacts immigrant students in a variety of direct and indirect ways.
  • Learn specific orientation strategies campuses are using to help immigrant students successfully complete higher education in the United States.
  • Explore specific, evidence-based retention programs and initiatives that enhance the retention and persistence to graduation of immigrant students.
  • Investigate the specific components of retention programs and initiatives programs that contribute more significantly to their overall efficacy.
  • Distinguish the specific steps that should be implemented prior to immigrant  students' arrival on campus to increase their probability of persistence to graduation, and how those efforts can complement and reinforce what is done once they are on campus.
  • Examine specific ways to integrate family and significant other support into immigrant student retention and persistence to graduation programs and initiatives.

Who should attend:

Everyone who works with immigrant college students (especially student affairs professionals), including those who work in

  • All Areas of Student Services/Affairs
  • Enrollment Management
  • Admissions and Recruitment
  • Academic Advising and Retention
  • Career Services
  • Student Financial Assistance
  • Academic Support

Presenter biography:

Aaron W. Hughey is a professor and program coordinator in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University. He supervises the master’s degree program in student affairs in higher education as well as graduate certificate programs in international student services and career services. He was head of the department for five years before returning to the faculty in 2008. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he was the associate director of university housing; he also served as interim director of WKU’s Knicely Institute for Economic Development where he coordinated outreach (training and development) services to business and industry.  He has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on subjects including higher education administration, student affairs, counseling and testing, diversity, leadership, teams, and management. College student recruitment, retention to graduation, and job placement are his specialties. He has been exploring the relationship between immigration policy and enrollments in higher education for several years.


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