Units seeking funding are invited to submit proposals to enhance academic services for undergraduate international students. The focus should be to ensure retention, timely graduation, and students' satisfaction with their University of Minnesota experience.
The College of Science and Engineering's Academic Advising Office has created a new advising role (Senior Academic Advisor with a Focus on the International Student Experience) with the use of the international fee. In addition to a caseload of undergraduate students in the College, this advisor's project work will focus on ways to support and enhance our international students' experience and success in the College.
This project will fund the coordination of UMTC campus-wide efforts that seek to support faculty and instructors with the academic integration of international students in the classroom. Educational offerings for faculty and instructors on effective classroom approaches to inclusive course design, pedagogy and assessment will be offered. The Education Program Specialist coordinating these efforts will serve as a resource for colleagues around campus.
These three events are aimed at reducing the cultural shock for international students and strengthen their English skills in order to improve their experience adjusting to the US classroom environment and help them to succeed in their academic and post-graduation careers.
Event 1: Carlson New International Student Seminar- The New International Student Seminar will help first year international students to better understand US classroom expectations, how to thrive at Carlson in-class participation activities, and how to talk to professors, TAs, and fellow students.
The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences and the College of Design partner in requesting funding for a shared 0.5 FTE graduate assistantship to initiate, manage, expand, and provide programs in support of international students’ success in our colleges. This position would be responsible for projects and initiatives to better integrate international students into the collegiate communities in and across CFANS and CDES.
The Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program included professional Multilingual Learner Specialists and graduate student writing consultants with a background in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). With their experience teaching English language learners both in the U.S.
Chinese international students make up 50 percent of new international undergraduate students and the China Pre-Departure Orientation was created to help these students have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota. The goals of this program include helping students understand next steps needed in their transition, building a awareness and knowledge about the cultural differences in the U.S. higher education system, and assisting students in developing a sense of belonging with the University of Minnesota.
Multiple research studies show that higher college student engagement is associated with higher levels of retention and graduation. Intentional, thoughtful engagement between international students and domestic students is the aim of the proposed Common Connections program.
This project will provide international students with opportunities for collaborative research-based interactions with faculty that will increase their sense of belonging and improve their overall academic experiences. The project work will focus on creating a three-credit course on community-based participatory research that is designed, in particular, for international undergraduate students.
The Carlson International Student Programming Support proposal provides funding for the International Student Engagement intern team as well as the International Student Peer Mentorship Program and the International Student & Alumni Networking event.
This project centers on the development of online resources for multilingual students looking to refine their academic English skills in order to excel in university coursework. Students who are non-native speakers of English may experience specific challenges with listening and reading comprehension, difficulties with speaking during class discussions and presentations, and challenges with producing writing that effectively meets discipline-specific expectations.
The International Student Academic Services Fee serves to enhance academic services for undergraduate international students. This initiative is funded and supported by the Office of Undergraduate Education.