As international students adjust to the new academic and cultural milieu in the U.S., they face challenges such as loneliness, anxiety, homesickness, discrimination, and unfamiliar pedagogy. These challenges may influence the extent to which international students engage in educationally purposeful co-curricular activities associated with positive learning and occupational outcomes. International students have typically been studied as a homogeneous group despite their diversity, and little is known about group differences in their co-curricular engagement. The purpose of this study was to examine background and demographic factors that explain international student engagement. Data for this study was collected using an online survey consisting of demographic items and nine College Student Experiences Questionnaire (CSEQ) measures of student engagement. Multiple Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression analysis was used to examine the association between the CSEQ measures and the student background variables, and t-tests and ANOVA were used to examine group differences. Findings indicate that the CSEQ measures were unidimensional (Cronbach's reliability &agr; > .70), and upper-level students had higher co-curricular engagement scores than first-year students; however, the former group was less satisfied with their college experience. Past volunteering experience, parents' education level, gender, length of residency in the U.S., and socio-economic status of family were important explanatory variables. These findings have implications for time-specific, targeted advising for international students, and present an opportunity for future research on the interaction between length of residence, SES, and student co-curricular engagement.
|Advisor:||Pike, Gary R.|
|Commitee:||Bean, John P., Lohrmann, David K., McCormick, Alexander C., Viers, Christopher J.|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multicultural Education, Higher education|
|Keywords:||CSEQ, Co-curricular, Cocurricular engagement, Engagement, International students, Student, University|
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