Magazine article International Educator

Agent Use and Recruitment Budgets Jump, Internationalization Gathers Momentum

Magazine article International Educator

Agent Use and Recruitment Budgets Jump, Internationalization Gathers Momentum

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In a benchmark survey of leaders and top international education officials at U.S. universities, 72 percent of respondents said internationalization had accelerated on their campuses in recent years, and 45 percent said they're now working with overseas agents-a 28 percentage point increase over the last five years.

International student recruitment budgets have also increased, with 30 percent of respondents ranking the focus on internationalization on their campuses as "high" or "very high" according to Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2017, released in June by the American Council on Education (ACE). The data are based on more than 1,100 responses from chief academic officers, provosts, senior international officers, institutional researchers, and presidents of U.S. institutions.

Additional key findings include:

* The top motivations for internationalization were "improving student preparedness for a global era," "diversifying students, faculty, and staff at the home campus," and "becoming more attractive to prospective students at home and overseas. …

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