School of Business faculty Adam McGregor, Christina Decarie, Wendy Whitehead, and Vice President International Education, Shelley Aylesworth-Spink, recently published an article in the national academic journal, the Canadian Journal of Action Research. Their article, "Supporting International Students in an Ontario College: A Case for Multiple Interventions" discusses their survey findings of the unique challenges faced by international students and how to address those challenges through direct interventions.
At an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology experiencing a rapid internationalization of its student population, three faculty members in the School of Business embarked on an action research project to learn how to better facilitate the success of international students. The research team examined grades from international and domestic (Canadian) students and conducted a survey of international students to better understand their unique challenges. Findings from the grade analysis include a gap in academic success between domestic and international students. Survey data indicated that intervention strategies, such as internationalization of the curriculum, faculty training and development, and intercultural co-curricular activities, can positively impact the student experience as well as faculty satisfaction, and the learning environment.
View and download the full article in Canadian Journal of Action Research Vol. 22 No. 2 (2022).