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Addressing myths about international students

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Despite no community college association ever officially opposing international students programs, for decades, anti-internationalists remain vocal in claiming that international students do not support the local mission of the community college, that international students take seats away from resident students, and that there are limited benefits to hosting international students. Even with empirical evidence that proves otherwise (Fitzer 2007), community college administrators and some boards continue to use these myths to underfund, to undersupport, and to curtail the growth of international student programs. The result is that in 2014, only 309 of the 1200 US community colleges had documented international student programs (IIE 2014). This case study explores how practices at three California community college districts are building evidence to counter the aforementioned prevailing myths.




Budd, D., Serban, A., Van Hook, D. G., & Raby, R. L. (2016). Addressing myths about international students. In International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices, and Case Studies (pp. 215–222). Palgrave Macmillan.

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