Student Affairs

The Role of Student Affairs in Supporting International Students

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

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The way we work with international students is being transformed as a consequence of larger society changes.  Student affairs professionals are uniquely positioned to help international students thrive in their new environment.

Join us for an interactive webinar where you will learn about current, evidence-based best practices associated with enhancing international college student persistence to graduation.

College campuses have become increasingly internationalized in recent decades. International student populations have grown and study abroad has become a standard of the higher education landscape. Trends indicate a need for additional support for international students attending postsecondary institutions in the United States. Recognizing the unique contribution of international students to the learning environment, this webinar will focus on strategies and programs designed to help student affairs professionals maximize international students’ potential for success.

We'll explore successful programs and initiatives in international student persistence to graduation, as well as concrete recommendations as to how these services and activities can be successfully implemented in a variety of higher education environments. Equal emphasis will be placed on helping both institutions as well as individual students achieve their mutually-complementary objective: graduation.


  • The Geopolitical Climate: It’s Impact on Education
  • International students: General/Specific Characteristics
  • The Importance of Motivation and Attitude
  • Social Integration: Setting the Stage for Success
  • Emotional Support: Meeting Universal Needs
  • Persistence Initiatives: Before, During and After Matriculation
  • Institutional Support: Getting Everyone on the Same Page
  • Cultural Considerations: An Often Over-Looked Component to Persistence
  • Evidence-based Best Practices for Enhancing International Student Success
  • Examples of Institutions that are meeting the Needs of their International Populations
  • At-Risk’ International Students: Special Considerations
  • Graduation: The Ultimate Goal
  • Learning outcomes: List 5-7 takeaways from the Webinar.

Participants will learn:

  1. How evolving political, economic, and cultural considerations are affecting the persistence of international students.
  2. Why graduation is increasingly important for international students, the institution, and society at large.
  3. The various factors that contribute to international student persistence to graduation (including social integration and emotional support).
  4. What can be done prior to internationals students' arrival on campus that will increase their probability of persistence to graduation, and how that should complement and reinforce what is done once they are on campus.
  5. Evidence-based programs and services proven to meet the unique needs of international students.
  6. Examples of institutional initiatives that are doing an exceptional job of meeting their international students’ needs.
  7. How to identify potentially 'at-risk' international students and how to effectively intervene with these students in an integrated and effective manner.
  8. Methods that develop and foster institutional support for persistence initiatives focused on international students.
  9. Ways to include family and friends in supporting their international student towards a college degree and why this is especially critical to the current generation of college students.

Who should attend:

 Anyone in student affairs or higher education who recruits, supports, or provides services to international students.

Presenter biography:

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He also serves as coordinator for WKU’s graduate certificate program in International Student Services. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey 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 50 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, career development, standardized testing, diversity, global education and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training programs on a variety of topics centered on education at all levels. His most recent international experience includes participation in a two-week Faculty Seminar in Ecuador during May 2014.

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